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linuxnoob67 10-18-2012 04:50 PM

Good lightweight linux distro for relatively old hardware?
Hi all LB67 here,
I have an old desktop. Asus P5RD1-VM motherboard 1gb of Ddr 333 ram. Built in graphics card. Im looking for a good fast distro.

snowpine 10-18-2012 05:10 PM

I am partial to Debian myself for older hardware.

Really, however, the applications you choose will have a bigger impact on performance than which Linux distro. For example as I sit here typing this, Firefox is using 400mb of RAM (compared with only about 100mb for the system at idle). This implies to me that optimizing my browsing habits by 10% (or more) would be a better "return on investment" than trying to get 100mb for the core Debian system down to 90mb. Adblock, Flashblock, Noscript, etc. will have a bigger impact on perceived performance than switching distros but continuing to use the same browser with the same settings.

linuxnoob67 10-18-2012 05:18 PM

I think debian is a fine distro. Might I ask what DE you are using? And hello again.

snowpine 10-18-2012 05:21 PM

Hello again. :) I am using mostly Openbox these days, occasionally Gnome 2.

linuxnoob67 10-18-2012 05:22 PM

How do you use only a WM.

snowpine 10-18-2012 05:33 PM

If I understand your question correctly:


apt-get install openbox
Then you can choose it from the session options on your login screen.

Be aware that Openbox is just an empty screen, there's not much to see. :)

linuxnoob67 10-18-2012 05:45 PM

Sorry still getting used to how to ask questions on forums. Anyway, what machine are you running it in?

linuxnoob67 10-18-2012 06:02 PM

What's you r opinion of puppy Linux? IT runs great on my over but it's plain but I could download ice wm

snowpine 10-18-2012 06:08 PM

I have a bunch of old computers ranging from an old Pentium 4 to an Asus EEE netbook. I've yet to find one Debian won't run on.

I am not a big fan of Puppy, personally.

linuxnoob67 10-18-2012 06:11 PM

OK. Other than Debian do you like any?

snowpine 10-18-2012 06:38 PM

Here is a good comparison of the top 10 distros:

wigry 10-19-2012 03:36 AM

Slackware FTW

linuxnoob67 10-19-2012 07:07 AM

Isn't Slackware hard to install?

ashif ahammed 10-19-2012 07:13 AM


in my view arch linux is good one and you can install which packages you want and you can choice which desktop environment like gnome , kde , fluxbox ,e17 etc..

brianL 10-19-2012 07:14 AM


Originally Posted by linuxnoob67 (Post 4809821)
Isn't Slackware hard to install?

Not really. See here:

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