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Old 02-24-2007, 08:10 PM   #1
tsunamikitsune
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Need Distribution Reommendation


I just got my old Dell set up, but I don't have any OS to put on it yet. I tried Ubuntu, but it runs very slowly. I changed it to Xubuntu (which is supposed to be a little better for slower computers, right?), but it still doesn't run all that great.

My only experience with Linux is on Ubuntu, so what other distros could I use that would run well on an older computer, while keeping a fairly user friendly interface?

The Dell's specs are:

Pentium III Processor (800Mhz)
256MB RAM
Nvidia GeForce MX 4000
8 GB Hard Drive
 
Old 02-24-2007, 08:36 PM   #2
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Many distributions will work fine with lightweight desktop environment, you should just stay away from heavy distributions.
Check in here: http://distrowatch.com
 
Old 02-24-2007, 08:43 PM   #3
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Post Customize packages

hey I have also dell 800 with 256 SDRAM n 8 GB IDE HDD. m using RHL9 on 1 and FC1 on the other. it works fine. just try to select the custome option while installation n select necessery packages. don't put extra modules/packages on RAM that u don't need.
 
Old 02-24-2007, 08:58 PM   #4
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with a limited HDD space, I reccomend you try a lightweight distro

Vector Linux
http://www.vectorlinux.com/

DSL
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

Puppy Linux
http://www.puppylinux.org/user/viewpage.php?page_id=3

Slackware
http://www.slackware.com/

SLAX Live CD
http://www.slax.org/

BeaFanatIX
http://bea.cabarel.com/

Elive:
http://www.elivecd.org/

Luit Linux
http://luitlinux.sarovar.org/
 
Old 02-24-2007, 09:00 PM   #5
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