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Old 03-19-2007, 08:19 PM   #1
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Distro Blues

Hello, I have an old desktop computer with an Intel P3 600mhz cpu, 128mb ram, a generic 3.5 floppy, and a Yamaha crw f1e cd/rw. I can't afford another computer right now and my wife has her own and uses it ALL the time so hers is NOT an option for me. I installed Ubuntu on this thing and it just overwhelms it. Everything drags like the whole system is on a 14k dial-up. I wait on the terminal window and everything else. I think the ram is the issue. Anyway, to the point. Is there a Linux distro that has a decent gui that will allow a user to browse the net, save pic, music, and video files, and play games (java in particular) online, without all the clutter of a thousand programs I'll never use, that will NOT DRAG on the system I described above? I am absolutely new to Linux but I'm not totally incompetent (some may have a different opinion ) so I don't mind if I have to do some work on a distro to get it minimal (installing java, various media programs, etc.) as long as I can get online I can figure the rest out . The smaller the distro that will allow this THE BETTER.

Thanks in advance, Rob G
Old 03-19-2007, 08:34 PM   #2
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Give Slackware a try. It usually runs pretty well on older machines.

With that small amount of RAM I'd suggest using a light window manager like XFCE or Fluxbox instead of KDE.

Perhaps you could add some additional RAM to the box? RAM is pretty cheap these days. Even 512MB would make a significant difference in performance.
Old 03-19-2007, 08:38 PM   #3
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Thanks for the rapid reply I was looking at DSL, it sounds pretty good to me, but i'll read some about slackware since you mentioned it. Thanks a lot
Old 03-19-2007, 09:34 PM   #4
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There is also Xubuntu, lighter window manager.
Damn Small Linux or Austrumi are good if they have all you need. Vector Linux is worth a look.
Slackware or Debian should be okay.
Adding 128 more RAM would make it better.
Old 03-20-2007, 12:37 AM   #5
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I installed dsl on an old dell laptop(300mhz,64 meg ram) and got pretty good results.
Old 03-20-2007, 11:37 AM   #6
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Give this a look :SaxenOs supposedly good for older hardware, website:

I have it downloaded but haven't had time to install it yet! (distro-junkie)
Old 03-21-2007, 05:24 AM   #7
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PCLinuxOS .92

This is the distro I use and recommend, Why because it works right out of the box. No need to configure Everything, everything just works. It also comes as a 1 CD install that is a live CD that you can install later if you wish.



Vector Linux


Puppy Linux






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