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I have Slackware 13.37 installed on two machines older and slower than that machine,
and Slackware 13.0 on a machine with Win98.
I ran Slackware on a machine with only 16MB of working memory.
It would run fine on only 64MB of memory, and 256MB is plenty.
I do not know what these people with 2 GB are using it for, it really depends on your applications. I don't get swapping with only 200 MB, 5 consoles open, all running editors, and KDE running tests. Running GIMP with 10 images open might do it, but it is not that painful to have it swap out the images that are not current.
With Slackware you can choose what fits and is appropriate.
Just pay attention to what libraries are needed, as they often don't tell you the dependencies
for things like KDE (you need the ConsoleKit).
For speed, you might install parts of KDE, but Slackware also has fvwm and xfce4 which are lighter, and xfce4 is much easier to live with.
One machine with built-in video (savage) does not get along with KDE, but xfce4 is fine.
I always compile a custom kernel so that I can leave out the RAID stuff, and support for I/O boards that I do not have. I also get into trouble because some obscure selections are required for KDE (ConsoleKit again, it requires system call tracing). It also gives you a chance to exactly specify your processor, which should help.
Last edited by selfprogrammed; 12-07-2013 at 05:07 PM.