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Old 08-02-2013, 12:52 PM   #16
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Slitaz would work well on that system. One word of warning though the newest version has a couple fairly minor config issues but if you have even basic knowledge of Linux you wont have any problem sorting them out.
 
Old 08-03-2013, 08:34 AM   #17
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My first 256mb system ran well with my first Gentoo and Slackware install actually.
 
Old 08-03-2013, 09:11 AM   #18
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Try playing with DSL some more, it is perfect what you described. Installing it can be tricky sometimes but its manageable.
 
Old 08-06-2013, 06:13 PM   #19
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I have Slackware on a Thinkpad with a 550MHz Celeron and 512MB RAM using XFCE. Runs fine. Ran fine with 256 though admitedly the GUI was a bit sluggish.
 
Old 08-22-2013, 06:58 PM   #20
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DEBIAN or Crunch Bang! linux.
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Old 08-25-2013, 01:31 AM   #21
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For an old computer

For an old computer try Puppy 3
The later versions tend to use a little more ram.
If you can upgrade memory to 512Mb then try Linux Mint 9
The later versions tend to use more ram

For a good list of many Linux Distros and details about them take a look at http://distrowatch.com/
 
Old 08-25-2013, 01:59 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by andhrooy View Post
For an old computer try Puppy 3
The later versions tend to use a little more ram.
If you can upgrade memory to 512Mb then try Linux Mint 9
The later versions tend to use more ram

For a good list of many Linux Distros and details about them take a look at http://distrowatch.com/
Do not try LinuxMint 9 unless this machine will never, ever, be connected to the internet or have a USB device from someone else conencted to it. LinuxMint 9 is old and is not supported.
 
Old 08-28-2013, 04:35 PM   #23
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An older version of Puppy Linux should work fine.
 
Old 08-29-2013, 05:47 AM   #24
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Get a copy of the debian net install disc and install a minimal system, nothing but the base system. Then install xorg and openbox. On my test system, it's running < 100mb of ram.
 
Old 08-29-2013, 09:42 AM   #25
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Debian or Slackware, or something derived from one of them. Ubuntu Server would also work for a minimal system. Xfce should be slow but usable, Openbox or such should be a bit faster; WMII or such would be even better. OTOH Fluxbox versions prior to 1.3.5 should be avoided due to performance bugs. I've run Salix (13.37, with Xfce) on a Pentium II Thinkpad with 192 MB of RAM; it's sluggish, but but works fine for text editing and light browsing (using Opera).

If possible I'd recommend using CLI programs as much as you can, since they're lighter on memory and CPU. Midnight Commander in particular is a great console file manager. Decline GTK2 and Qt4 applications when possible, and avoid GTK3 ones. Qt4 applications should be usable, if you set the theme to something sensible in QtConfig (e.g. Plastique or Win9x, as opposed to the default Oxygen gunk.)

If package management processes, etc. hog CPU and I/O, try using nice and/or ionice to make them more friendly. This is useful even on newer computers. Unlike Windows, Linux attempts to give all processes of a given nice level a more or less equal share of CPUs, which results in worse desktop performance under some loads, especially on single core machines. So, if some background process is not time-critical and can be relegated to lower priority, it's a good idea to explicitly tell the OS that by nicing it. If a program is frequently invoked at high niceness, you could create a wrapper script for it in /usr/local/bin or /usr/local/sbin, so that it gets invoked at that level automatically.

(Don't go overboard with nice levels though. Niceness on Linux is purely relative, and too much niceness can cause priority inversion; it's better to nice things only one or two levels up, AFAIK.)

On recentish distros you could look into using zram, to create a compressed swap device in RAM. This may or may not be helpful; the faster swap space allows your RAM to be used more effectively, but the CPU overhead may be significant on very slow machines. I found it to be quite useful on the Pentium II though.

Also, if the video card is weak, I'd strongly recommend disabling opaque window resizing. Continuous widget redraws are tough on old CPUs; disabling opaque resize was the single biggest performance improvement on the Pentium II.

Hope that helps!
 
  


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