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mitchell7man 06-09-2007 11:31 PM

Old Computer, what Linux should i put on it?
 
Hello, there's a comp in my office that has something like a 950mhz processor and like 256 mb of ram or so... it currently has windows XP, but I am thinking of putting a linux on it, so that it can run faster, what flavor do you all recommend, and why do you recommend it?
Or was it 128 of ram?

Berhanie 06-09-2007 11:38 PM

Yours is faster than mine, and I use it as a mail, web, imap (and probably a few more that I can't remember now) server.
I use Slackware because I drive a stick. If you prefer automatic, you can choose another distro.

Hern_28 06-09-2007 11:41 PM

Agree with Berhanie.
 
Would go with a Slackware or slackware based distro. Have a pretty nice setup on 400mhz laptop with 196 megs ram.

daziplqa 06-09-2007 11:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Berhanie
Yours is faster than mine, and I use it as a mail, web, imap (and probably a few more that I can't remember now) server.
I use Slackware because I drive a stick. If you prefer automatic, you can choose another distro.

if your slackware is fast ?
what about the package installation ??

2damncommon 06-09-2007 11:42 PM

If you like Ubuntu you may want to try Xubuntu. Vector Linux is good, or check Distrowatch.

Hern_28 06-09-2007 11:47 PM

Second choice.
 
Debian would be another good choice if you want an easier to use package manager.

Most packages are available for slackware, but they do require manual checking for dependencies. Debian does have a more user friendly package manager and might (might) not require for you to get as much into the nuts and bolts of linux depending on what you want to do.

Either way you could build a light-weight desktop and customize the system.

mitchell7man 06-10-2007 12:13 AM

Well, i'm looking for a lightweight system that would be pretty self dependent, and easy to use,... the thing is, it is going to be used by other people 98% of the time, I would just be setting it up, these other people have probably used windows 99% of their lives, so what would fit these details, XUBUNTU, is good, but, i don't like the rat on boot up :( ... though, i can put up with that more than other things :) ... anyway, thanks, and is there any more suggestions, or comments?
-I was looking into linux xp, b/c it is supposed to mimic windows XP, and that might be usefull for this purpose, what are the details/flaws and benefits of linux XP? (BTW - i'm still looking for the most or best distro for the purpose, i'm just wondering about the specifics of linux xp)

jacook 06-10-2007 12:59 AM

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/

SLAX Live CD http://www.slax.org/

BeaFanatIX http://bea.cabarel.com/

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

Deli http://delili.lens.hl-users.com/

Luit Linux http://luitlinux.sarovar.org/

samael26 06-10-2007 05:03 AM

I've got an old Packard Bell with a 1Gh amd processor and 256 Mb of ram on it.
I have installed (manually, cause the beast doesn't even have a NIC interface)Debian stable (Etch) on it.
Runs quite well, with the XFCE desktop. But you said you didn't like the rat ;-)
Otherwise, other windows managers like Fluxbox might be quite a challenge to use for people used to windows.
Cheers

tomcdyer 06-10-2007 08:04 AM

I would recomend Slackware (as others have). It runs very well on old computers and laptops.

People say Slack is hard for newbies, but i wouldn't say it was. I got a friend using it without any probs. You just need to stick at it and work things out. Cos once its up and running, its brilliant.

IndyGunFreak 06-10-2007 08:34 AM

If you're wanting to learn a new distro, Slack.

If not, then I'd say Xubuntu(given you already have Ubuntu) would be the obvious choice. I actually really like Xfce. Functional, fast, easy to use. What more could you ask for?

IGF

tomcdyer 06-10-2007 08:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by IndyGunFreak
I actually really like Xfce
IGF

I would also recomend Xfce (will work with Slack as well).
But i use KDE. It has lots of mods and huge support

IndyGunFreak 06-10-2007 09:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tomcdyer
I would also recomend Xfce (will work with Slack as well).
But i use KDE. It has lots of mods and huge support

Doesn't KDE have some fairly hefty resource requirements?(in comparison to Xfce). That seems to be the OP's issue, he's low on resources.

IGF

tomcdyer 06-10-2007 09:14 AM

I run KDE on computers with 256MB of ram and 1Ghz Processors.

Ive had no problems with it under Slackware. I have however with ditros such as openSUSE and Kubuntu.

kummiliim 06-10-2007 09:38 AM

If the computer will be used by "XP people" then Slackware really isn't the way to go unless you're a real guru who can turn any system into anything. I'm an avid Slackware fan myself but this case needs something more simple. Try Xubuntu or if you have the money, Linspire. Both should be pretty easy to set up, use and run well on your rig. Others might give you better options, I don't really know that much about other distributions but the main ones.

Best of luck.


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