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Old 02-18-2014, 12:58 PM   #1
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distro suggestion required

I have a x86 32 bit pc with 40 gb hdd, 256 mb ram, pentium 4 processor currently running on windows xp but it is very slow. I wanna move on to linux. Suggest suitable distros. Basic usage is internet surfing, chatting, open office and a little bit of photos viewing. I can afford a 32 gb pen drive if its live distro but i can't afford more hardware upgrades. Please help.

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Old 02-18-2014, 01:13 PM   #2
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Distrowatch is the best site to find what you're looking for. You can start out here and broaden your search if you don't see what you want.
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:16 PM   #3
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Debian netinstall with a lightweight window manager or LXDE should work.
anti-X would work, which is based on Debian but saves you a lot of the work of setting things up yourself.
Absolute would work, it's Slackware reconfigured for use on older machines.

That would be my short list.
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Your computer is slow because it is a slow computer. If you switch to a faster computer, then it will be faster, whether you are running Windows, Linux, or Mac OS. Here are some suggestions how you can find a faster computer for free:

Right at this moment in history, Windows XP is about to become obsolete, so companies/universities are dumping all their old XP hardware. I bet you can find a nice dual core system with 1gb ram if you ask family/friends/coworkers.

Anyway if you really are stuck with the Pentium 4 with 256mb RAM, and there is no option or possibility for upgrade, then my most enthusiastic distro recommendation is: antix

Good luck and welcome!
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:03 PM   #5
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Thanks for such quick help guys.

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