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I have recently fished out my old laptop with the view to using it for simple tasks such as web browsing etc. At the moment it is running on windows xp but due to low specs it is running extremely slow. I am wondering if there is any linux based operating systems that will suit my laptop for the tasks required.
My laptops key specs are as followed:
Pentium 3 1ghz
17.5 gb HDD
I would appreciate any advice you have on this subject.
That's a fast machine. If it's running bog slow it might be because it's virus and adware infested. You might try running the free anti-virus at trendmicro.com as well as "adalert" adware killer. There's another anti-adware I used to use on XP, but I can't remember what it was.
If you're wanting to switch to Linux, I can't give you any help other than maybe xubuntu or Debian with XFCE (or whatever it's called).
Your processor is not bad, but your ram is way too low--most modern Linux distros require a minimum of 256-512mb for good performance. If you can install more ram, you can install just about any Linux distro you like (and they are all capable of web browsing).
If you're stuck with only 128mb for whatever reason, I would suggest Puppy.
What are you going to use your computer for - if you just want to see what's linux and use it out of the box you should get yourself Ubuntu. If you are that kind of people who want to stick their fingers every where and break the OS while learning what NOT to do - then Slackware.
If you don't know anything about Linux and have never used it before you should go with Ubuntu - it's been done for beginners... the only thing you need to do is click "NEXT" until the end
If you are able to upgrade your ram memory every linux distro will run much faster..
Hope I have made things a bit clear ....
Last edited by alpha_hack; 02-17-2009 at 02:13 PM.
Unfortunately upgrading my laptops ram is limited. My laptop only supports a maximum of 384mb ram, and although i can buy 256mb its rather expensive and i am unsure as to how long the laptop has to live with a quite a few problems occurring in recent days.
If you're willing to learn, Arch Linux will run fine on that hardware. If not, Puppy or DSL might work. Slackware and Gentoo also, but the latter would be annoying to compile on unless you do it from another machine.
Recent Windows version (XP and upwards) will be a drag with 128 MB, so you will need to switch to some UNIX variant, either Linux or BSD.
It is actually irrelevant what distro you use. Only make sure not to install every package in existence. Also make sure to use some of the lighter window managers, because Gnome and KDE can play difficult (or rather slow) on your hardware. Fluxbox would be my favorite for such cases, followed by XFCE and (the aging) WindowMaker environment.
You could actually modify you X startup file to launch directly into your web browser, making it the only application and running it instead of any window manager at all. Would give a web browsing kiosk system.