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speel 01-23-2005 06:09 PM

distro for old hardware
hey ive been looking around for distros that work great on older hardware and i cam across deli linux a while ago i liked it but im wondering if any one knows any older distros

christhom 01-23-2005 06:13 PM

old hardware doesn't need an old distro. You just have to be selective about what packages to install. Try a stripped-down debian system. works perfectly fine on a 386. If you have an old 486 or pentium, you should have no problems running XFree86 with a decent number of packages, but KDE and the like are out. Give fvwm a whirl...very light and highly customisable.

alb1954 01-23-2005 06:30 PM

How old is your hardware? DSL works great on my Pent mmx 233mhz 64mb ram.

wapcaplet 01-23-2005 06:30 PM

Agreed. You didn't really specify what you mean by "old", but anything newer than, say, a 486 with 32MB RAM (and enough hard drive space for what you want to install) is usually perfectly adequate. Many modern distributions, though, are compiled and/or optimized for Pentium architectures (anything with a "586" in the name), so for those you will need a Pentium or better.

speel 01-23-2005 06:50 PM

its a 1 gig hd 32mb of ram i belive

The Seeker 11 01-23-2005 07:16 PM

Feather Linux perhaps?

wini_g 01-23-2005 09:45 PM

Vectorlinux ... based on Slackware but more user friendly ... very stable ... very fast .... 5RC2 ,4.3standard or 4.0 SOHO .... Id get 5RC2 or wait till 5.0 ... using IceWM ... or any GUI ... KDE on my system is usable with 32MB RAM .... its very good . :-)

speel 01-23-2005 09:50 PM

ok :) im checking out vector right now :) seems very promising :D

tamoneya 01-23-2005 10:37 PM

what about trying damn small linux. as you can guess by it;s name it is rather small. What also might work and is a liveCD like knoppix which would not take up much hard drive space however i am not sure how it would do with the ram. Maybe you could try to find an older version at

Alligator 01-24-2005 12:14 AM

Just install any linux (better old one) and intall xfce 3-4!!!
will work!!!

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