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I want to get linux running on a P3 ~800 mhz, with 128 MB of RAM. I currently have Ubuntu on it, but it is horribly slow...worse than the Windows ME that was on it before. So, I need a light and efficent distrobution...Right now I have minislack in mind, but I'm not very knowledgable in this area so suggestions would be appreciated.
this has nothing to do with your distribution, it's down to what you run on top of it. i guess you're running KDE or Gnome, which is effectively the same as running a full on XP pro workstation... try a lighter weigt window manager instead, like fluxbox, xfce etc...
Stock Answer - Gentoo, Slackware, Debian - in no particular order. If it's speed and light-weighted-ness you're looking for, just install minimal packages (only what you need to get started) and don't install KDE or Gnome - go for any of the other WMs.
With Ubuntu you don't get to choose what is installed in the beginning, its all done for you. I just need something that after install is light, I don't want to spend a lot of time hacking down a distrobution to make it work.
I use ubuntu myself... i know how easy it is to replace kde... just run synaptic and take your pick. if you're going to refuse to even install one thing that's non-default.. you're not going to get far in linux. installing another window manager is not hacking anything, it's totally standard.
you do NOT need a "lightweight" distro for an 800MHz cpu.. you just need to not run things which will contantly batter the CPU... try runnign KDE 3.4 on slackware... it'll be just as much of a dog as on ubuntu
i am about to give MiniSlack-0.4 a spin, i will report back in a few hours, so far from what the screenshots at the minislack website it looks good, and kept the install closer to the origional slackware format than Vector so minislack is more customizable letting you select individual packages and select custom mount points for things like /boot /home /usr as seperate disk partitions...
i installed MiniSlack, it did not last long on my computer as i have a couple of peeves about it, they removed Midnight Commander, then when i went to mount a CDrom of Slackware-10.1 to get Midnight Commander off of it. fstab was missing the entry for my CD-Drive, no nano or pico for editing fstab either. i think vim was included with minislack but i dont use it so my bad for not learning vi or vim since Midnight Commander is my favorite CLI tool that includes a text editor too. i had to wipe minislack off for now and put Slackware-10.1 back on, i may give MiniSlack a try some other time, and prepair a directory in a disk partition that i wont format so after i install it i can cd in to that directory and install Midnight Commander so i can fix up fstab and a few other things to make it usable...
MiniSlack shows promise of being a derivitave of Slackware, better than Vector as MiniSlack kept Slackware's installer mostly intact letting a user select seperate mount points for directorys such as /boot /home /usr and the ability to select or de-select individual packages...
i686 optimized and blazingly fast... small install.. you choose what you want... and um.. I have done a test on a Celeron 466MHz with 256 MB RAM with KDE 3.4 and it was very very speedy... however.. i generally just run fluxbox...
And, because it's a metadistribution, no need to re-install/upgrade....ever... a simple 'pacman -Syu' will install the latest versions of everything...
Yep, Arch goes pretty hard but why use KDE? It's bloated although the Arch package is stripped a bit, all the extra crap is in a seperate package you don't have to install. Use something like fluxbox, spend the time making it look slick and then you've got a very fast environment and any friends who sit down at your computer won't be able to figure out how to use it