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Old 04-16-2008, 04:55 AM   #1
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I have an old computer with 128MB of RAM, 20 GB HDD, 600 MHz PIII, and 8MB VRAM, but i want to use Linux in graphical mode (not text only). What best?

(sorry, i'm indonesian)
Old 04-16-2008, 05:38 AM   #2
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I haven't ran Linux on anything like that for a while but try slackware with xfce.
Old 04-16-2008, 05:44 AM   #3
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try with fedora-4 or rhel-4 it works definetly.
good luck..
Old 04-16-2008, 06:09 PM   #4
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See how simplymepis does. There are also instructions for older hardware, as well as the lighter choices of Mepislite and anti-x. Stick with the one that runs to your satisfaction. I say this because of the user-friendliness of mepis, its excellent hardware recognition, and the power of its debian base and software repositories:
Old 04-16-2008, 06:44 PM   #5
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I wouldn't use anything that has Gnome or KDE. XFCE will install on any distro that I know of but you will be saving yourself a lot of hassle if you install one that has XFCE out of the box.
Old 04-16-2008, 06:45 PM   #6
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Why aren't like Xubuntu mentioned? Easy distro to get you head around and lightweight?!? Or am i missing something
Old 04-19-2008, 07:15 PM   #7
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Damn Small linux

I would try Damn small Linux it Run light enough to power a 486DX with 16MB of Ram,but many of the standard linux apps arn't there such as
PS: I am running it on a Pentium 1 laptop with 64 MB and I only
use at a most 25 MB of RAM

THE Penguin stands tall

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Old 04-20-2008, 12:22 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by jo4 View Post
Why aren't like Xubuntu mentioned? Easy distro to get you head around and lightweight?!? Or am i missing something
I like Xubuntu; I use it myself. But on a machine with only 128MB of memory (see first post in this thread), even an XFCE desktop would be hard pressed to not feel sluggish. I've found that 256MB is decent for my web surfing habits, but I really needed 512MB to have the system be reasonably usable with things like OpenOffice.
Old 04-20-2008, 01:46 PM   #9
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Two more: Zenwalk and Vector Linux, both based on Slackware.
Old 04-20-2008, 02:07 PM   #10
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Ubuntu and its derivatives are typically bloated, IMO. I can run Xfce on Slackware with my 128MB 450MHz K6-II...very easily and comfortably. I use Slackware with Fluxbox on my 64MB 450MHz K6-II and it performs flawlessly.

Bottom line: it's not just about your desktop environment. Certain distros are bloated by default...even Xubuntu. Yes, you can trim it up. But as I said, I can do everything on a 128MB 450MHz K6-II that I can do on my 2GB Athlon X2 4600+.


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