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i have a system with the following spec and i need a distro that runs fast and well with it.
can u help me with that?
can i use the X enviroment in such box or not?
what is the most suitable distro for it?
Thanks for your help.
I think X needs quite a bit of ram. I know I have a server 133 mhz 32 mb ram and it will install X, but its slow as all hell. Not worth it for me. Oh, I had Debian Sarge on it (500-600 mb clean install I believe). I just stuck with command line and it was fine. Bootup process takes like 5+ minutes though.
One vote more for DSL. Just check the bootcodes, there is a kind of 'lowram' option. I think, you should do a HD install with it. There is also DeLi Linux (http://www.delilinux.de) as a distro for old computers.
VEctor linux is weird to install. It's said to be light, but the installer doesn't let you chose anything and it unpacks 2 compressed files of about more then a GB. And my old machine didn't have that much.
Slackware runs very good tho. It boots fast, maybe in 1 minute. I'd advice slack for that machine.
Damn small linux might be your best option if you want X.
But I prefer slackware with console apps + screen as "window manager".
Debian might be good too. But it boots slower. But apt is definatly a good advantage.
Deli linux is indeed also a linux for older hardware. You could try it. I found it booted extremely fast on my 50mhz 486 with 20mb ram (for sure under a minute). But it doesn't have many packages, it's supposed to work with slack 7.1 packages but here it didn't. It should be good to look into deli linux tho, as I didn't try to much to get it to my liking.
So far.. I tried Frugalware on both pcs (Slow/Fast) runs great the fastest distro.
Ran pCBSD/desktopbsd they both are blazin fast, but pcbsd faster cuz of freebsd 6.0 but dbsd prefer to use its more a pure freebsd
Arch / Underground well. (Frugalware runs faster than Arch even using kde 3.5 or gnome)
Gentoo u know the deal
Arcane (old h3knix) running on celeron .. w/ e17 so nice
STX Linux also running on celeron "Slackware" based but not feelin it so much anymore
Mutagenix .. waiting
Ubuntu out of the list too slow
Kanotix .. best debian
PCLOS doesnt work on my celeron cuz of the old intel i810 card but works good on p4