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Old 08-10-2007, 01:41 AM   #1
dpgamer
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Disto of Choice for Older Systems


I need a reccomendation for which distro would be best for a P3 600mhz 128mb RAM, this is for an educational environment, and will mostly be for internet surfing and word processing.
 
Old 08-10-2007, 02:26 AM   #2
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Any (almost)

Early this year, I still ran Mandriva on a P2 350MHz; it had 320MB RAM though. But for internet and word processing, 128MB should be enough; just don't be too fancy on the graphics side (theme, pixmaps...).

Yves.
 
Old 08-10-2007, 03:10 AM   #3
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Maybe you should have a look at Deli Linux [1] or Puppy Linux [2]. I even use them on modern hardware because they are very fast...

[1] http://www.delilinux.org/#about
[2] http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=puppy
 
Old 08-10-2007, 03:16 AM   #4
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Xubuntu should work nicely, too
 
Old 08-10-2007, 04:03 AM   #5
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Xubuntu should work nicely, too
That would be my suggestion to. Ease and popularity of Ubuntu, with the lightweight Xfce gui. You might even consider an Xfce Debian Etch install. I personally would investigate anything that didn't use the more traditional Gnome and KDE desktops.

IGF
 
Old 08-10-2007, 05:04 AM   #6
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I just installed xubuntu on a duron 750 with ~450 mb of ram. Its not a rocket but its more than enough for web browsing with firefox and basic office document manipulation with openoffice. Not sure what the version number is, its the long term stable one though.
 
Old 08-10-2007, 09:35 AM   #7
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I think I'll try Xubuntu and Debian Xfce and see how those work out. Which one do you guys think would have a smaller footprint? The computers are running windows 2000 now, but I would like to move them over to linux.
 
Old 08-10-2007, 10:03 AM   #8
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You know, you can choose almost all distros, but remember: you will need to make the startup process more simple (start less, sometimes unnecessary apps), and use a lightweight graphical environment. You can also choose window manager based distros too, like antiX-Mepis 6.5. It uses fluxbox as a window manager.
http://www.mepis.org/mirrors
Choose a mirror, than go to released here go to antiX.

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Old 08-10-2007, 04:45 PM   #9
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I think I'll try Xubuntu and Debian Xfce and see how those work out. Which one do you guys think would have a smaller footprint? The computers are running windows 2000 now, but I would like to move them over to linux.
Honestly, you'll notice little difference in the two. Debian probably has a slightly smaller footprint than Xubuntu, but the *buntus are based on Debian, so really if you find Debian instructions, you'll likely be able to apply said instructions to your Ubuntu(or Xubuntu) installation. The reverse is generally true to.

I like them both, and don't think you'll go wrong with either.

IGF
 
Old 08-10-2007, 11:56 PM   #10
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Distros for older Hardware:

Vector Linux
http://www.vectorlinux.com/

DSL
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

Puppy Linux
http://www.puppylinux.org/user/viewpage.php?page_id=3

Slackware
http://www.slackware.com/

BeaFanatIX
http://bea.cabarel.com/

Elive:
http://www.elivecd.org/

Luit Linux
http://luitlinux.sarovar.org/
 
Old 08-11-2007, 11:00 AM   #11
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You did not mention your level of Linux expertise. If you can install Slackware or Arch, as a generalization, they will give you more performance with the same desktop environment than other distributions, except Gentoo. Arch will run on a computer with 128MB RAM. I have 192MB RAM on the computer I am using at the moment, and using KDE as well. Runs pretty much as fast as my 3.2 GHz Pentium with openSUSE 10.2 for non-demanding tasks like Web surfing and sending emails.

Last edited by Cogar; 08-11-2007 at 11:01 AM.
 
Old 08-11-2007, 11:23 AM   #12
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can try ubuntu with xfce ... need to increase the ram ...

128 mb of ram is like for win98 machines ...


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Old 08-11-2007, 02:36 PM   #13
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I must add "Wolvix" and "Absolute Linux";
they're both outstanding distros for older PCs wit lousy hardware. They're both based on Slackware.

Wolvix: http://wolvix.org/

Absolute Linux: http://www.pcbypaul.com/absolute/
 
Old 08-11-2007, 09:45 PM   #14
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can try ubuntu with xfce ... need to increase the ram ...

128 mb of ram is like for win98 machines ...


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Xubuntu will run fine on 128mb. It won't break any records, but it should run fine.

If you have a lot of linux expertise, I'd agree, Slackware would be a great choice. Little on the complex side if you're newbie, but Slackware will run on just about anything.

IGF
 
  


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