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Old 10-16-2006, 04:34 PM   #1
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Distribution for slow computers

I have an old, slow ex-Windows 95 PC and I am thinking about putting a Linux OS on it. Its about 150 Mhz and 64mb ram. Does anyone know of any distributions that would run well on a slow PC? Ideally itmust also be easy to use for a user used to Windows.

Old 10-16-2006, 05:05 PM   #2
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For an old win95 box like that, the lightest linux distro you can find is dsl (damn small linux). The default GUI is about as different from windows as it gets, but there is an alternate GUI that you can switch to, and it looks rather simular.

Old 10-16-2006, 05:06 PM   #3
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I don't know about you guys, but I'd recommend SLAX. It's based on slackware, and quite small. With that ram I wouldn't wish for a desktop *not even wish for a fast desktop, 'cause you'll be going completely on swap*, but try it, and if you don't like it just don't install it. I'd go with a small version of SLAX *maybe POPCORN* and from there on...

But here's a fast overview of the resources needed:

(This is for Debian, my OS of choice, but most of Linuxes are closer)

Install Type RAM Hard Drive
No desktop 24 megabytes 450 megabytes
With Desktop 64 megabytes 1 gigabyte
Server 128 megabytes 4 gigabytes

Standard Server. This is a small server profile, useful for a stripped down server which does not have a lot of niceties for shell users. It includes an FTP server, a web server, DNS, NIS, and POP. For these 100MB of disk space would suffice, and then you would need to add space for any data you serve up.

A standard desktop box, including the X window system, full desktop environments, sound, editors, etc. You'll need about 2GB using the standard desktop task, though it can be done in far less.
Work Console

A more stripped-down user machine, without the X window system or X applications. Possibly suitable for a laptop or mobile computer. The size is around 140MB.

A desktop setup with all the development packages, such as Perl, C, C++, etc. Size is around 475MB. Assuming you are adding X11 and some additional packages for other uses, you should plan around 800MB for this type of machine.


Mhhhh... although...

I've put debian on a pentium 100 with 64 on ram, and ran pretty well... I did't got to the moon, but at least got some good websurfing with all those pretty windows any GUI can give. BUT I DISABLED ALL THAT EYE-CANDY EFFECTS FROM KDE. BYE BYE TO SHADINGS, SHADOWS, MOVING EFFECTS, AND ALL... BUT. IT'S OK.

NOW... if you really want that desktop gui... try FLUXBOX!!! it's a fast desktop gui for slow resources... here's a screenshot:

*and by the way, download backtrack (live cd) and try it with the fluxbox gui, if you like what you see then install it.

If you're a noob:
Install your Linux distro of choice, without any desktop, and then install fluxbox.
I'd go with Debian... but there should be a small distro with FLUXBOX as default.

Too much info?... naaaaaaahhhhhhhhh

Good luck!
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