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hello, i have an old pc that ran windows 98 on it, and it has 800mhz processor and 120mb of ram. which distro do you think would run good on this. i need a distro that is mostly user friendly with internet.
Your processor is good enough, but the RAM... I hope the whole of it is available (no video chip robbing from it).
There is a distro intended by the author to run on aged machines, it is called Absolute Linux current version is 12.2.1 derived from Slackware. I have tried run it on a machine almost equally like that of yours.
Absolute Linux installs very easy, just like Slackware. It also has enough minimal productivity applications, the CD2 has Open Office Suite. I liked the offered Flux Windowing Manager. Though for the heavy terminal lovers the offered terminal colored black on white is not a welcome since white background is too much to tire the eyes.
Give it a try. Read the documentations on the cd first, as well as those offered from the website. visit the site:
Try Knoppix? Might save you some needed hard disk space, and boots nicely on most hardware. Also, you can check it out without installing, and you can install it on a usb stick if you are lucky enough to have usb 2.0, otherwise it would be a pain.. But you might get a faster desktop with a flash drive than with the original hard drive if it's old and slow. Also, the new Knoppix 6 is based on LXDE and Microknoppix, which makes it pretty fast to boot and work with.
If your main priority is web surfing it would be a great alternative, given you can choose not to save anything on hard drive or other storage, you are guaranteed that you will always start with a clean install, and you will be pretty safe from web bugs and other "evils". You would benefit greatly from a swap file/drive though, 128 Mb RAM is not much to work with, and investing in some extra ram chips (which would be very cheap for this machine, I guess) would make a world of difference in the machine's usability.