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Old 04-18-2006, 08:01 PM   #1
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Best distro for old system


I want to run linux in a Pentium 3 computer, with a 20 GB hdd & 256 of ram at 100 MHz, i already tried with Suse 10.0, Fedora core 4 & 5, they run ok but sometimes things move so slow, and you know that, is going to be hard to work in that way.

Now, since i'm new in this, i dont know if there any linux distro that will run smoothly in the system i have.

Can you help me to find that distro???

Thanks in advance.
Old 04-18-2006, 08:14 PM   #2
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If you do a search for "old computer distro" you will come up with literally hundreds of threads on the topic. You can try looking in our Distributions forum for distros that are great for old computers, but my suggestions are as follows:

Slackware is fantastic for old hardware, though it isn't necessarially geared towards the new user.
Using KDE or Gnome as your desktop will be very slow, at best. Look into getting Fluxbox, IceWM, et cetera.

What kind of programs are you looking to use with this computer? That'll help tailor what kind of packages you may need to install.
Old 04-18-2006, 08:39 PM   #3
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Well, i need the system for the basic stuff, browsing the internet, chat, email & some open source games like super tux.

Do you know any good distro that use fluxbox, icewm, etcetera?
Old 04-18-2006, 08:47 PM   #4
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go with vectorlinux if you want to install it on the harddrive or damnsmall if you want to run it off of a live cd. Both can be found at distro watch.
Old 04-18-2006, 09:16 PM   #5
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Thanks for the great info Poetics & tamoneya, certainly this is going to help me a lot.
Old 04-18-2006, 11:14 PM   #6
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I've found slackware the best on old hardware, if your willing to learn enough to install & use it.


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