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So I got a Pentium II 233 Mhz MMX running on 144MB RAM with a 20GB HDD. What distro would be best? I know debian is a good choice, but I want to try to avoid it. I have an SMC USB to ethernet adapter and the kernel module needs version 2.6+, which the stable release of debian doesn't have (and compiling one is tedious). So basically what I need is a modern distro that operates with the speed of debian.
I've tried aLinux and Yoper, but they both crashed during the init of the install, and Ubuntu is just a little too heavy for daily use.
I have Gateway PII 233 MHz, 64MB and 4.3GB
I run Slackware 10.1 and it works well, I prefer to use Fluxbox for my WM, but I can run KDE even though it's a bit of a pig. When I did the install I chose expert install and left a bunch of stuff out, like GNOME.
I would strongly suggest
NOT to use distros like suse, mandrake, ubuntu which all come bundled with heavy weight window managers as Gnome and KDE.
INSTEAD you should use knoppix remasterings like Feather linux, Damn Small Linux and others.
Recently I've found a a very good distro called COBIND, I've chosen it to run on my 500Mhz pentium and it works very well. http://cobind.com/images/desktop_scr...fce_medium.png
Cobind is a Redhat remastering with a lightweight window manager such as XFce. It runs smoothly and offers most applications....