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Old 06-11-2006, 05:37 PM   #1
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Another distro question...


I'm looking for a distribution that can work on a relatively low-end computer (P4 500 MHz / ~350 MB RAM). I really want to soak in the environment, so a shell-based distro would be nice, but not one that's too complicated. I'm not much into GNOME, so KDE would be nice, but not absolutely necessary. Also, I won't be connected to the internet (at least, not that often).

Old 06-11-2006, 06:02 PM   #2
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LinuxFromScratch. DamnSmallLinux. Slax. There's quite a few
Old 06-11-2006, 06:22 PM   #3
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I have slack 9.1 on a P3 850mhz w/ 320 megs/RAM, runs pretty solid....
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This thread should be inside the distributions forum.
Old 06-11-2006, 07:19 PM   #5
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500MHz is plenty, there are people on here running their desktops on less. If you want something minimal on there I'd say Arch, Slackware or maybe Debian. If you wanted to go source-based (compile everything, fast end result slow to get there) I'd say Gentoo, Crux or a BSD.
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I would say debian also. You should not have too much trouble running kde on those specs, you will have to turn off the thrills provided with it but it should not run too ba d. Alternativly you could try xfce instead of kde. Ubuntu have a release named Xubuntu that uses xfce as its desktop.
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Mainstream and active lightweight distros (in no particular order) are:

- Damn Small Linux
- Vector Linux
- Puppy Linux

A little heavier are: Xubuntu and Mepis Lite. The latter hasn't been updated in a while but likely will be soon.
Old 06-12-2006, 06:03 PM   #8
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Thanks for the help. I'm going to try Slax, Vector, Crux, Arch, and Gentoo, and see which one I like best.

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