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Old 10-18-2012, 03:50 PM   #1
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Good lightweight linux distro for relatively old hardware?


Hi all LB67 here,
I have an old desktop. Asus P5RD1-VM motherboard 1gb of Ddr 333 ram. Built in graphics card. Im looking for a good fast distro.
Thanks.
 
Old 10-18-2012, 04:10 PM   #2
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I am partial to Debian myself for older hardware.

Really, however, the applications you choose will have a bigger impact on performance than which Linux distro. For example as I sit here typing this, Firefox is using 400mb of RAM (compared with only about 100mb for the system at idle). This implies to me that optimizing my browsing habits by 10% (or more) would be a better "return on investment" than trying to get 100mb for the core Debian system down to 90mb. Adblock, Flashblock, Noscript, etc. will have a bigger impact on perceived performance than switching distros but continuing to use the same browser with the same settings.
 
Old 10-18-2012, 04:18 PM   #3
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I think debian is a fine distro. Might I ask what DE you are using? And hello again.
 
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Hello again. I am using mostly Openbox these days, occasionally Gnome 2.
 
Old 10-18-2012, 04:22 PM   #5
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How do you use only a WM.
 
Old 10-18-2012, 04:33 PM   #6
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If I understand your question correctly:

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apt-get install openbox
Then you can choose it from the session options on your login screen.

Be aware that Openbox is just an empty screen, there's not much to see.
 
Old 10-18-2012, 04:45 PM   #7
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Sorry still getting used to how to ask questions on forums. Anyway, what machine are you running it in?
 
Old 10-18-2012, 05:02 PM   #8
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What's you r opinion of puppy Linux? IT runs great on my over but it's plain but I could download ice wm
 
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I have a bunch of old computers ranging from an old Pentium 4 to an Asus EEE netbook. I've yet to find one Debian won't run on.

I am not a big fan of Puppy, personally.
 
Old 10-18-2012, 05:11 PM   #10
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OK. Other than Debian do you like any?
 
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Here is a good comparison of the top 10 distros: http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major
 
Old 10-19-2012, 02:36 AM   #12
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Slackware FTW
 
Old 10-19-2012, 06:07 AM   #13
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Isn't Slackware hard to install?
 
Old 10-19-2012, 06:13 AM   #14
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hi

in my view arch linux is good one and you can install which packages you want and you can choice which desktop environment like gnome , kde , fluxbox ,e17 etc..
 
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Isn't Slackware hard to install?
Not really. See here:
http://docs.slackware.com/slackware:install
 
  


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