Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 06-24-2003, 07:24 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jun 2003
Distribution: RedHat 9, Slackware Live, Slackware 9
Posts: 16

Rep: Reputation: 0
old laptop... what version of linux?

I have an old Toshiba 440cx Laptop (pentium processor, 16mb ram, 1.5gb HD) that currently has a really unstable operating system on it.. I want to install linux so that I can run a simple server with forum, etc..

What version of linux should I install?
Old 06-24-2003, 07:41 PM   #2
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: SC, USA
Distribution: Mandrake 10.0 Powerpack
Posts: 178

Rep: Reputation: 30
I'm pretty sure linux requires at least 32mb of ram
Old 06-24-2003, 08:34 PM   #3
Registered: Mar 2003
Location: a little west of Birmingham, AL, USA.
Distribution: Porteus 3.1
Posts: 929

Rep: Reputation: 32
The newer the Linux still applies. However you can get away with some older Linux distros here. Experiment! Linux by itself don't take much, but X slows it way down.
Old 05-29-2007, 06:49 AM   #4
LQ Newbie
Registered: Apr 2007
Posts: 5

Rep: Reputation: 0
DeLi Linux

The test computer is a 486 laptop with 16 MB RAM, and all apps which comes with DeLi Linux are running smoothly.
Old 05-29-2007, 11:59 AM   #5
Senior Member
Registered: Jul 2006
Location: London
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
Posts: 3,579

Rep: Reputation: 944Reputation: 944Reputation: 944Reputation: 944Reputation: 944Reputation: 944Reputation: 944Reputation: 944
Try Damn Small Linux: that doesn't even need a Pentium!
Old 05-29-2007, 12:46 PM   #6
Registered: Nov 2006
Location: Slovenia
Distribution: Slackware 13.37
Posts: 511

Rep: Reputation: 37
Originally Posted by Riley
I'm pretty sure linux requires at least 32mb of ram
I think Slackware needs at least 16MB of ram.
Old 05-30-2007, 12:02 AM   #7
LQ Guru
Registered: Nov 2006
Location: Belgium
Distribution: Ubuntu 11.04, Debian testing
Posts: 5,019

Rep: Reputation: 130Reputation: 130
Yes, I recently found a distro that doesn't need more than 8MB but I'm afraid I have forgotten what it was called. I found it on so I guess you could have a look for yourself.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
best free version of linux? for dell 700m laptop? murfman89 Linux - Newbie 7 01-28-2006 10:51 PM
Old Laptop - Which Linux version? ursinus Linux - General 5 09-03-2005 03:49 PM
Hello , can anyone tell meWhat version of linux is best for laptop travel mate 2701LM sK8orboi Linux - General 6 01-07-2005 11:15 AM
What Version Of Linux Sould I Use On A Toshiba 2435-S255 Laptop??? NotSoSure123 Linux - Software 2 05-04-2004 08:30 PM
what version will work on a laptop scooter6175 Linux - Newbie 4 07-15-2003 11:59 AM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:15 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration