Good lightweight linux distro for relatively old hardware?
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I have a similar situation, and an interesting project to go with it. I am looking for a distro for older hardware as well, ranging from really old (A 386) to 2-3 year old machines with 1 gig ram or less. I am working on collecting old computer equipment from people in my area, to re-purpose this "obsolete" equipment to give to families with children who don't have a computer. as long as they can use the machine for word processing and researching online they should suit the purpose.
Right now on the newer equipment, I am trying out edubuntu, but I am wanting to check out other options to find the one best suited for this project. Eventually I would like top be able to offer 4 different age appropriate options, I.E. one install for prek-6th grade, with very minimal or no internet use, one for 7-8 with parental controls and internet privacy focus, one for 9-12 with full internet capability but still with privacy in mind, and finally, a full function machine for college students, this one will probably use just straight ubuntu or kubuntu, as they are the easiest I have found for new linux users, but I am open for trying anything. My goal with this project is to eventually start a non profit to distribute these computers on a larger scale. for now, I have 6 kids as my testers I would like to have machines for by Christmas.
I am also interested in suggestions for educational software for each age group as well, but that is a separate issue. for now, I need a distro suitable for older equipment. I am most familier with Ubuntu and Kubuntu, but a quick learner and willing to try out anything. The only other requirement is a distro that is good to go if the computer is not able to connect to the internet.
Slackware provides very clean text based installer with clear instructions how to proceed. Note, no mouse is required in the installation process and you must log in to start installation. I am confident that you can handle it. Text based installer is much much more intuitive that graphical one.