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Old 11-20-2010, 11:20 AM   #1
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Need Linux Distro for Low end PC


Okay here is the deal. My friend bought a Compaq pc with only 127mb of ram and a intel intel celeron processor. I think the pc is running integrated graphics as well. Right now her OS is windows ME and it runs like some sticky ooze.

Can anybody suggest me a user friendly light weight linux distro that would run smooth specs like this. It must have a UI. All the linux distros I used recommend 1gb or higher that are user friendly so this is why I am asking.

Thanks again
 
Old 11-20-2010, 11:23 AM   #2
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use vector Linux or lubuntu
 
Old 11-20-2010, 11:24 AM   #3
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AntiX - http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page
 
Old 11-20-2010, 11:25 AM   #4
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Okay here is the deal. My friend bought a Compaq pc with only 127mb of ram and a intel intel celeron processor. I think the pc is running integrated graphics as well. Right now her OS is windows ME and it runs like some sticky ooze.

Can anybody suggest me a user friendly light weight linux distro that would run smooth specs like this. It must have a UI. All the linux distros I used recommend 1gb or higher that are user friendly so this is why I am asking.

Thanks again
That is a bit of a tough one but I have seen relatively good luck with Puppy Linux although you didn't say what she wants to use the comp. for
another one that comes to mind is Peppermint. these can both be used on a persistant USB and not installed onto the HDD.

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Old 11-20-2010, 11:28 AM   #5
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Since you already appear to be a Slackware user, why not use that with an appropriate window manager such as fluxbox?

Cheers,
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Old 11-20-2010, 12:01 PM   #6
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Since you already appear to be a Slackware user, why not use that with an appropriate window manager such as fluxbox?

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That would be my suggestion as well.
 
Old 11-20-2010, 12:53 PM   #7
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Puppy is probably the best for your friend: you'll know best whether she'll like Slackware. Vector Light will run in even less than 128MB, but at the expense of using some very odd software: I doubt she'll enjoy Pathetic Writer. Absolute should work, but the latest release put in a non-working web browser; hopefully that might be fixed by now.

The question is, how much memory is being grabbed for video? She should be able to mimimise that through the bios. Is it easy (or possible) to add some memory?
 
Old 11-20-2010, 03:24 PM   #8
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The computer is just going to be used for general multimedia. Slackware isn't a option because she barely understands windows. But I am looking at lubuntu and I'll will look into puppy linux.

Thanks
 
Old 11-21-2010, 01:11 PM   #9
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Slitaz and austrumi may be good. They them as live cd's or usbs before you decide.

I like to use a better computer and use a virtual machine to test distro's out. Set memory low or even lower than the target system.
 
Old 11-22-2010, 03:08 PM   #10
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Windows is your friend's best choice if she wants to watch Youtube, play Facebook games, etc. (this is what comes to mind when you say "general multimedia"). Adobe Flash (a "proprietary" codec) is notoriously bad in Linux on very low-end hardware. There is a reason all the modern, "user friendly" Linux distros recommend a fast CPU and 1gb+ of RAM.

Now, if your friend just wants to check email, type letters, and experiment with fun, geeky Linux projects you might have luck with a distro like Puppy, SliTaz, TinyCore, DSL, etc. Here's an excellent blog on the subject: http://kmandla.wordpress.com/

With such low specs, she'll have the most enjoyable experience if she embraces the command line. Even a very old machine such as this can still have life as a dedicated torrent slave, print server, firewall, etc.

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Old 11-23-2010, 12:07 AM   #11
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actually I have a old computer with 128mb ram and a intel pentium 3 so I think I am going to use it as a test computer to see what I can do with it. I know my friends computer right now can view youtube and stuff like that so I guess time can only tell how it will go.
 
Old 11-23-2010, 06:05 AM   #12
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I was running slackware 12.2 on Pentium 150 Mhz with 256 MB RAM and 8 MB Voodoo Rush graphic. So, I think that a problem may be a small amount of RAM. Especially when memory is shared with graphic. For testing purposes you
can try some earlier releases of debian or slackware.
 
  


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