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I am a relatively new linux user, and am happily running Ubuntu and OpenSUSE on my machines. However, I have given my parents an old laptop which currently has Windoze XP on it, and it struggles to deal with it. The machine is an Intel Celeron 1.73 GHz, with 256 MB RAM and a 30GB HD.
I tried Ubuntu on it, but it struggles with that even, so I am considering Xubuntu because of the Xfce DE, but I was wondering whether there were any other lightweight alternatives, which would keep the machine running smoothly, while still keeping up to date software-wise.
Any recommendations and/or advice would be gratefully appreciated!
Distribution: Gentoo Hardened using OpenRC not Systemd
XFCE is not much difference over Gnome. JWM is nice and light weight gui interface you see in Puppylinux, good for the non tech users, and Xmonad is nice for the powerusers. If you'd like to use Ubuntu, I'd suggest getting the Ubuntu Server iso with no gui, and then installing/compiling the desktop environment you want, and start to remove unneeded support for things not used, such as things designed for laptops, bluetooth, etc. and if you want to take it to more extremes to really optimize for performance, and building a kernel with only modules specific to your hardware as opposed to using a distro kernel which is designed to support a wide range of hardware.