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Old 09-12-2010, 02:23 PM   #1
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what version of linux should i use for older(slow) computer


ive got an older(slow) computer.i would like to run linux on it, right now i have xp but i just use it for a file server, i store mp3s and videos to access on my network. i would like something that will run on it but wont use up too much of its limited power.thanks
 
Old 09-12-2010, 02:26 PM   #2
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Need computer specs (ram mostly) to make a recommendation.
 
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Welcome to the forums! This is a very frequently asked question; the answer depends on your hardware specifications.

A few popular choices for older hardware include Puppy, SliTaz, DSL, AntiX, CrunchBang, TinyCore, etc. I would recommend burning a bunch of Live CDs so you can experiment and decide which is the best for your needs.
 
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I'm about to try out Linux Mint LXDE edition. It's probably the perfect distro for an older computer.

Also, distros that don't have highly integrated never-touch-the-command-line desktops, such as Slackware, Debian and Arch, tend to be very usable on older hardware. They're more work to set up though.
 
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If you know linux well, I'd recommend a light slackware install, if you want something more new-user friendly, or the hardware is to slow/old for slackware to run well, then puppy might be worth looking into also.
 
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I was impressed with LegacyOS when I was playing with it. Not a bad looking os, and definitely quite spry on older hardware.
 
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You can use any distro for this purpose, if you will not install a graphical system. I personally use Debian on my fileserver, without xorg installed, running Samba and VSFTP. CPU is most time idling, RAM usage currently is at 43 MB, according to ps_mem.py, so it should run well on older hardware.
 
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thanks all,my computer is really old its got 256 meg of ram and 500 mhz processor, i know its old and somewhat slow but i hate to throw it out.and im very new to linux. ive played around with redhat and suse in the past and ive got a sharp zaurus that i use somewhat. thanks for your help.
 
Old 09-13-2010, 08:36 AM   #9
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My old PC had almost the same specifications (although the CPU was 700 MHz ) and even KDE3 was usable. It doesn't matter which distribution you choose, it's the window manager that matters. Use something easy on the system resources like openbox (or ratpoison, if you're into tiling WMs, it's the lightest I've ever used) and a lot of lightweight/console applications.
 
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I run AntiX 8.5 Full Iso and dual boot it with Puppy on a laptop with those specs. Runs crisp and well on those specs and easy to install. No big configuring to do with those distros. Just boot and go.

Md5sum for Puppy.

Use a Belkin F5D 7010 ver.6 Wireless G PCMCIA Card for wireless.
 
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thanks all,my computer is really old its got 256 meg of ram and 500 mhz processor, i know its old and somewhat slow but i hate to throw it out.and im very new to linux. ive played around with redhat and suse in the past and ive got a sharp zaurus that i use somewhat. thanks for your help.
If you are already experienced with Red Hat, it would be a good choice for those hardware specs. (You could also use CentOS, which is basically the same except free. ) I have a computer with very similar specs that is currently running CentOS 5.5 as a home server.
 
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If you want to use it as a server, then you'd be better with a "standard-style" distro, rather than something like Puppy or Slitaz; they are really created with a pc in mind.

Absolute Linux is a very good distro, easy to install and use, and it needs a 128MB, 400MHz computer, even if you have a GUI. Vector Light is similar (use the text installer, not the graphical one) and needs just 64MB and 166MHz.
 
  


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