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See how simplymepis does. There are also instructions for older hardware, as well as the lighter choices of Mepislite and anti-x. Stick with the one that runs to your satisfaction. I say this because of the user-friendliness of mepis, its excellent hardware recognition, and the power of its debian base and software repositories:
I would try Damn small Linux it Run light enough to power a 486DX with 16MB of Ram,but many of the standard linux apps arn't there such as
PS: I am running it on a Pentium 1 laptop with 64 MB and I only
use at a most 25 MB of RAM
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Last edited by theunixwizard; 04-19-2008 at 08:17 PM.
Reason: left something out
Why aren't like Xubuntu mentioned? Easy distro to get you head around and lightweight?!? Or am i missing something
I like Xubuntu; I use it myself. But on a machine with only 128MB of memory (see first post in this thread), even an XFCE desktop would be hard pressed to not feel sluggish. I've found that 256MB is decent for my web surfing habits, but I really needed 512MB to have the system be reasonably usable with things like OpenOffice.
Ubuntu and its derivatives are typically bloated, IMO. I can run Xfce on Slackware with my 128MB 450MHz K6-II...very easily and comfortably. I use Slackware with Fluxbox on my 64MB 450MHz K6-II and it performs flawlessly.
Bottom line: it's not just about your desktop environment. Certain distros are bloated by default...even Xubuntu. Yes, you can trim it up. But as I said, I can do everything on a 128MB 450MHz K6-II that I can do on my 2GB Athlon X2 4600+.