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Old 04-23-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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Lightweight Distro for computer with 512mb memory


Hi Everyone,

I presently use OpenSuse 11.3. My computer has 512 mb memory. I was running 11.1 which was fine on the memory. Since I moved to 11.3 my machine has been very slow as Suse 11.3 recommends 1 gb of memory.

Suse 11.3 is no longer supported and the version of Thunderbird it is running is no longer supported from today.

I don't have them money at present to upgrade my computer, so I think the best thing would be to install a light weight distro.

I have to say what I like about Suse is YaST as I always find it really difficult to install software and YaST is just a matter of a mouse click.

So I am looking for suggestions for a distribution. Thank you in advance.

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Old 04-23-2012, 06:09 PM   #2
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Can't you just stick with SUSE and install a lightweight desktop environment such as Xfce or LXDE?
 
Old 04-23-2012, 06:20 PM   #3
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+1. You are gonna grin at this Snowpine. I am upgrading Kernels today. This is my IBM A22M. Check the ram usage with just a terminal open (no browser open).

Code:
System:    Host: Biker Kernel: 3.3.3-antix.1-486-smp i686 (32 bit)
           Desktop: IceWM 1.3.7 Distro: antiX-M11-686 Jayaben Desai 01 May 2011
Machine:   Mobo: IBM model: 2628TWU Bios: IBM version: KXET33WW (1.06 ) date: 09/05/2001
CPU:       Single core Pentium III (Coppermine) (-UP-) cache: 256 KB flags: (sse) clocked at 1000.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: ATI Rage Mobility P/M AGP 2x
           X.Org: 1.11.3.901 drivers: ati,mach64 (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1024x768@87.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Rasterizer GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 7.11.2
Audio:     Card: Cirrus Logic CS 4614/22/24/30 [CrystalClear SoundFusion Audio Accelerator] driver: snd_cs46xx
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: 1.0.24
Network:   Card-1: 3Com 3c556B CardBus [Tornado] driver: 3c59x
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Ralink RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI driver: rt61pci
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 20.0GB (22.8% used) 1: /dev/sda IC25N020ATCS04 20.0GB
Partition: ID: / size: 6.4G used: 3.5G (58%) fs: ext4 ID: /home size: 12G used: 4.3G (39%) fs: ext4
           ID: swap-1 size: 0.76GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 47.0C mobo: 38.0C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 0
Info:      Processes: 98 Uptime: 1 min Memory: 67.2/501.6MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.7.33
That IBM is pretty ancient but runs good, runs fast.
 
Old 04-23-2012, 09:03 PM   #4
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Kind of the problem is both the modern kernel and the window manager choice.

SuseStudio still offers some versions with basic X or even Suse enterprise with CDE.

I have tried slitaz a bit and it is pretty lightweight. Antix may be a choice. I was almost confused on the posts.

If you want you could roll your own either with something like debian or Gentoo or LFS.

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Old 04-23-2012, 09:59 PM   #5
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My other 512MB ram laptop that runs AntiX core Install with LXDE Desktop. It is a Amrel RT 786 EX combat/police laptop.

Code:
System:    Host: Biker Kernel: 3.3.3-antix.1-486-smp i686 (32 bit) 
           Desktop: LXDE (Openbox 3.5.0) Distro: antiX-core-686-a1 20 June 2010
Machine:   System: Intel product: Montara Family of Chipsets
           Mobo: Phoenix model: RT786EX version: 41118 Bios: Phoenix version: MGM-ALL1.86C.1009.D.0604271130 date: 04/27/06
CPU:       Single core Intel Pentium M (-UP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (sse sse2) clocked at 1594.844 MHz 
Graphics:  Card: Intel 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device X.Org: 1.11.4 driver: intel Resolution: 1024x768@60.0hz 
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 852GM/855GM x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 1.3 Mesa 7.11.2
Audio:     Card: Intel 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller driver: snd_intel8x0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: 1.0.24
Network:   Card-1: Atheros AR5212/AR5213 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath5k 
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ driver: 8139too 
           IF: eth1 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 30.0GB (19.6% used) 1: /dev/sda IC25N030ATCS04 30.0GB 
Partition: ID: / size: 17G used: 4.9G (30%) fs: ext3 ID: swap-1 size: 0.58GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 41.0C mobo: N/A 
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A 
Info:      Processes: 95 Uptime: 3 min Memory: 68.7/492.6MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.7.33
Notice ram usage in code box above with Terminal open and LXDE running (no browser open).

screeny

Code:
$ inxi -r
Repos:     Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list
           deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main contrib non-free
           deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main contrib non-free
           deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org testing main non-free
           deb http://apt.progchild.de stable main
           deb http://liquorix.net/debian/ sid main
           deb http://ftp.belnet.be/mirror/liquorix.net/debian sid main
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jitsi.list
           deb http://download.jitsi.org/deb unstable/

Last edited by rokytnji; 04-23-2012 at 10:03 PM.
 
Old 04-24-2012, 05:28 AM   #6
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With 512MB You should be able to run anything except Gnome Shell, Unity and KDE 4, so it should be simple as that: Install LXDE, XFCE or any other lightweight DE or a simple WM, remove all that KDE stuff.
 
Old 04-24-2012, 12:55 PM   #7
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Thank you for your responses. It appears that installing Suse 12.1 with LXDE will solve my problems. So I am going to give that a go.

Regards
 
Old 04-24-2012, 03:02 PM   #8
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You may not find that a perfect experience: OpenSUSE tends to pay less attention to the components of non-KDE desktops:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/review...p/product/1997

Whether you prefer Xfce or LXDE depends on how much configuration you want to do. LXDE has a limited range of GUI configuration tools, and you soon find yourself editing files. Unfortunately, these are not simply laid out like those in a window manager; you get one huge file full of xml tags and with little documentation.

If SUSE doesn't go well for you, consider Saline (an Xfce-based distro) or Salix (with Xfce or LXDE available): all need less than 512MB.
 
  


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