Good lightweight linux distro for relatively old hardware?
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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.