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Old 05-25-2005, 12:34 PM   #1
DiagonalArg
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Best distribution for 64MB


I'm new to Linux and I was wondering if anyone could suggest a good distribution to install on my old PC which only has 64MB of ram?

I've checked the requirements of the latest versions of most of the main distributions and they all seem to require more than 64MB, and I can't seem to find much info on the requirements for older versions of these distributions.

Thanks for your help!
 
Old 05-25-2005, 02:37 PM   #2
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A good place to find the info you require is distrowatch.
 
Old 05-25-2005, 02:38 PM   #3
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yeh, kde will. you can use almost any linux on that just use fluxbox or something lightweight, don't go for an older distro.
 
Old 05-25-2005, 02:53 PM   #4
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using an older version of nearly any distribution is a pretty bad idea. lightweight environments become more and more bearable... [ahem].. enjoyable to use every day.. and even old versions of things like kde and gnome use more ram than new versions of fluxbox or enlightenment or whatever.

not to mention the security and stability problems you might encounter with an unmaintained distribution.
 
Old 05-27-2005, 10:51 PM   #5
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You can use Damn Small Linux for a system with RAM like yours. It uses fluxbox, which isn't a resource hog like KDE and GNOME, and it's expandable.
 
Old 05-28-2005, 11:40 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I've had a good look through distrowatch and I'm thinking of trying vector linux. Has anyone had any experience with this distribution?
 
Old 05-29-2005, 05:34 AM   #7
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minimal, seemed ok. Can't remember why I didn't like it now though. Uses KDE, i.e. memory hog - so you will have to try and tell it not to, though it is based on slackware so might not be that easy.
I would agree with OmegaRider and go for DSL. Or a stage 3 Gentoo with fluxbox or WM or another light weight GUI.
 
Old 06-01-2005, 10:59 AM   #8
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VectorLinux is OK. I must say I tried two versions and they definitely don't use KDE but the very lightweight but very usable IceWM with nice customization. I tested it on a 64 mb RAM PentiumPro and it worked very good. It is a desktop oriented distro, BTW.
 
Old 06-02-2005, 06:14 AM   #9
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I managed to install vector linux, and it seems to run nicely, although I haven't had a chance to mess about with it properly yet. It has XFCE4, Fluxbox and ICEwm window managers, so I'll mess about with them and see which I like best.

This should probably be asked in the newbie forum, but what do you mean by "desktop oriented"?
 
Old 06-02-2005, 07:53 AM   #10
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what do you mean by "desktop oriented"?
That its selection of software packages and default configurations are thought for use as a desktop, rather than a server or a general purpose.
 
  


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