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I installed RH8 on my system last year, with appreciated help from this forum. OpenOffice turned out to be a disaster in terms of speed, there is some kind of bug with AbiWord 1.0 (!), and Mozilla won't do Java correctly. I think that I need more updated versions, that aren't compatible with the Gnome that came with RH8.
Anyway, I'm looking for a distribution that will run satisfactorily on a Pentium I MMX, 166. I can upgrade memory (now 128) and hard drive space, but am not interested right now in changing CPU. I'm also still a newbie -- I can pare down an installation, and was starting to look into recompiling the kernel, but am not really interested in continuous tweaking.
What I'm looking for is medium-slow speed, spreadsheet, word processor and browser. Any suggestions?
Take something which can be run from the command line as start. That leaves out any of the really newbie graphical distros like Mandrake. Examples of things that'll do are debian, slackware, gentoo. Then only install command line programs or use a lightweight window manager like fluxbox with light programs like abiword. It won't go fast but it's better than running KDE and Gnome which need a lot of resources.
Whoa! Pentium I
You definitely need some lightweight stuff!
Try Slackware minimal with expert install. Choose your own packages without Gnome, KDE amd other heavy DE. while installing choose "cholesterol free desktop environment"
You might like to try MEPIS. http://www.mepis.org
This is a tiny O/S which carries several advantages over many distros, for a start it is based on Debian (so package access is wide and varied). It is tiny and can be run as a Live cd with you saving home and config to either disk or removable media such as USB Memory sticks. But where it really stands out is you have the option to install it to Harddisk at anytime you like. The Kernel option gives you a choice of 2.4.26 0r 2.4.7 both stable and tried kernels. Good Luck in your search
try the review in "Linux Format" Jan 2005 issue http://www.linuxformat.co.uk
Since both of the above MEPIS and DAMN SMALL LINUX are Debian and Knoppix based it's really down to desktop design for most.
Fancy icons= less speed,
Another that many Linux users have favoured is Ubuntu this runs Gnome 2.8 as a GUI and is apparently very stable http://www.ubuntulinux.org
I have exactly the same cpu, but with 64mb ram. I run debian with
window manager fluxbox
browsers:dillo, links2 -g
email program: sylpheed claws
spread sheet: abs, siag (or gnumeric which is slower)
word processing: ted, flwriter, abiword(quite slow) , ...
Without a problem and it's nice to use. Good speed, usability, etc.
I just look for fast programs in the list of programs of DSL most of the time.