Originally Posted by abhishekp
Hi i am using ubuntu since version 5.04.. But as it is getting better it is getting heavier. And I am in no position to upgrade my machine. Can anyone recommend a good replacement for ubuntu?? It should be free ofcourse (at least for download). It should preferably be easy to use. I dont mind the look. Preferably have a repository.
I'll tell u my system specs, here goes:
Intel pentium-4 1.7ghz
354 MB SDRAM
40GB HDD sharing it with my windows(only 5.5GB for linux)
VIA chipset with all the audio and video card.
Can you help me?
I am not sure what parts of Ubuntu are getting heavier. Could be the desktop (Gnome) and apps.
I have 833Mhz P-III with 1GB ram and old (intel i740) graphics card.
After many experiments with various 'lightweight' Linux'es I run Xubuntu.
It uses the XFCE (lightweight) desktop, which is quite nice, comes with some more lightweight apps such as AbiWord and seems to run fine. Best of all for me is that it does not have that annoying bug that a lot of Ubuntu based distros have of accessing the disk every two minutes.
My current version is based on Feisty, but the Xubuntu folks now have a Gutsy version out. This is an advantage in that you can stay up to date.
Because you can also use the Ubuntu repositories, you can install other apps that are heavier if you want. I.e. the complete Open Office suite etc.
I also run DSL (Damn Small Linux) on an old Pentium MMX with 256MB. It works ok too. Less choice in applications of course.
PCLinuxOS has gotten some good press as a lightweight linux; there is a version called 'sam' I think that is a complete desktop using the XFCE desktop. Havent looked at that one yet.
All of these are free for download, or you can buy a copy of a linux mag for about $20.00 and get a DVD; recent issue is PCLINUXOS, issue before that was Mandriva, prior to that DSL etc.
PS. If your machine has USB ports, you could buy a 4GB USB stick, pretty cheap and use that as your place to store all the linux apps etc.