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Old 10-16-2006, 07:45 PM   #1
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What's a good distro for low hardware requirements

I have a Celeron 333Mhz with 64MB of RAM. It has Windows 98SE, but I want to replace that with something else since Microsoft stopped supporting it and it's a huge security risk having it plugged into the Internet.

I'm setting it up for my aunt who just wants it for basic email, word processing, surfing the net and maybe a little solitare. I'm looking for something with a similar GUI because her computer skills are very poor.

Anyone have any suggestions? I like Ubuntu, but that definately won't run on this machine.

Thanks for your help
Old 10-16-2006, 08:04 PM   #2
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You actually could try Ubuntu, or rather install Xubuntu (although the interface will be different). Personally, I'd just install a bare bones Debian system, then apt-get your way to a simple gui. Here's a "minimal" Ubuntu install. You could do the same with Debian (the commands are basically the same). Basically do the following:

1) Download the Sarge Netinstall CD (if you have broadband, this will fetch all packages from the web) or the first two full CD's.
2) Install the system, when you get to the "Task Selector" screen, don't select Desktop or Server or anything.
3) Finish install and boot to command line.
4) As root, aptitude install x-window-system-core icewm xdm
5) Then you can just try installing different lightweight programs. Maybe try firefox and syphleed-claws for email, abiword or Nedit for word processing.

If you want a similar interface, I would try IceWM, although that isn't a "desktop" (i.e. generally no icons on the desktop without installing something like Rox-filer).

Also, if she still uses dialup internet, you would be wise to invest in an external serial (hardware) modem, not the internal card probably in her box (which is probably a soft modem with drivers written specific to windows).

EDIT: I haven't tried it, but I stumbled across Morphix-Light that might meet your needs...

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Old 10-16-2006, 08:19 PM   #3
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Vector Linux 4.3

VectorLinux 4.3 Download Edition (minimum requirements):

Pentium Classic 166 MHz
32 MB of RAM
At least 835 MB free of hard disk space plus 64 MB of swap space.


Puppy Linux


if you upgrade to 128mb ram you will have a much better System and it will be more comfortable, if you do upgrade another distro to consider would be:


hope this Helps,



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