I've searched through the forums and have found a number of answers to this question and have narrowed down my choices to the following:
Damn Small Linux
Tiny Core Linux
The computer I wish to put a new OS has the following specs:
64 MB RAM
400 MHz Processor
4 GB Harddrive
I actually have Linux Mint, Open Solaris, and Arch Linux CDs that I've burnt, but Linux Mint and Open Solaris require 512 MB minimum and Arch Linux requires 128 MB minimum. I've also seen Puppy Linux suggested, but that also requires 128 MB minimum, and I remember Slackware and Ubuntu didn't meet the minimum requirements (I think they used too much harddrive space).
I would like to have an OS that is:
Up to date (not abandoned by the author/s)
Has a GUI
Is easy to install and use
1 GB maximum on the harddrive
And meets the minimum requirements of my computer's specs
What would be nice is being able to just install a core OS with a GUI. Then being able to easily select what packages/programs I want on the OS. Then I could install what other programs I want on the OS (for example, Opera over Firefox, etc.).
So which OS (I say OS instead of Linux Distro, since Minix is not Linux-based) would you suggest from the 3 I have posted? Or what other one would you suggest? Is it possible for ArchLinux to run on this machine smoothly (and if so, what would you suggest for how I partition the available memory)?
Thanks in advance. On a side note, what are some good anti-virus software for Linux? Or is it not needed or already included?