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Old 12-07-2010, 08:41 AM   #1
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Have old Dell desktop..looking for suggestions for linux os


After xmas my kids will be getting two new MACS (wife's idea)...The Dell desktop has 512MB of RAM and I'm wondering what linux os would run well on that type of system...Damn Small Linux???...PCLinuxOS???

All thoughts/suggestions greatly appreicated...thanks in advance.
 
Old 12-07-2010, 08:49 AM   #2
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Puppy Linux?

You can download a few live CD's and try... one is bound to work better than the next.
 
Old 12-07-2010, 09:18 AM   #3
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All of the major distributions have Xfce or LXDE (two lightweight "desktop environments") versions that should run OK with 512mb of RAM.

Here is a great comparison of the top 10 distros:

http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major

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Ubuntu, Linux Mint and PCLinuxOS are considered the easiest for new users who want to get productive in Linux as soon as possible without having to master all its complexities.
So for example, looking at Ubuntu which is first on the list, 1gb is their recommended RAM for the standard Gnome desktop environment, however, they also have Xubuntu (Xfce) and Lubuntu (LXDE) which should run great on 512mb.

I hope that makes sense my point is that the desktop environment you choose will likely have a bigger impact on performance than which distribution you choose.
 
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:27 AM   #4
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I am partial to AntiX myself with low spec systems.
 
Old 12-07-2010, 10:41 AM   #5
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I have actually a look on wattOS, and seems to be pretty fast on older hardware. It is optimized for low ressource-usage and based on Ubuntu, so that you get plenty of apps if you want.
 
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Extreme thanks to all that replied...many great suggestions...

I will check them all out...again thanks so much !
 
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512MB is not a low spec system (unless it's 64-bit)! The only distros I know that recommend more than that are Mandriva and PCLinuxOS.

The distros I've never had issues with when testing (for what that's worth) are Debian, DreamLinux, Fedora, Mandriva, Mint, OpenSuSE, PCLinuxOS, Sabayon, Salix, Ubuntu.
 
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Ubuntu recommends 1 GB of RAM.
 
Old 12-08-2010, 10:53 PM   #9
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Slackware 13.1 if you use XFCE or other minimal DE/WM. Slackware 12.1 if you want KDE 3.5.
 
Old 12-09-2010, 09:33 PM   #10
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Featherlinux?
 
Old 12-09-2010, 09:43 PM   #11
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After xmas my kids will be getting two new MACS (wife's idea)...The Dell desktop has 512MB of RAM and I'm wondering what linux os would run well on that type of system...Damn Small Linux???...PCLinuxOS???

All thoughts/suggestions greatly appreicated...thanks in advance.
Can you increase the amount of ram? 512 meg is enough for a modern distribution, but if you can increase the ram, so much the better.
 
  


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