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Old 08-02-2009, 01:05 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Help choosing a good light distro for my computer

I have a HP computer here, runs xp pro sp2 fine, but I want to try linux on it, I was going to try gentoo but installing it seemed hard, I've tried ubuntu, kubuntu, and xubuntu, and DSL, I only have an AMD 800mhz so I need a light but usable distro which can work with these specs:
Specs of my computer:
  • 512 mb ram
  • AMD Duron 800mhz
  • NVidia Graphics card
  • 6 gb of hard disk space
EDIT: Can a mod please move this to the distributions forum?

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Old 08-02-2009, 01:11 PM   #2
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puppy, tiny core linux, debian with xfce ....
Old 08-02-2009, 05:53 PM   #3
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just about any modern linux distro will work with those specs, the problem you will run into is if you try to run a modern GUI like KDE4.x

If you are just looking for xwindow or better yet no GUI then most should work just fine for you.
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I have a laptop with half the memory (256MB SDR) and a celeron coppermine for the CPU, which has a similar clock speed but half the cache of a duron. It can run Xubuntu fine, though slowly, and actually has reasonable performance using the LXDE desktop which is very easy to install. You really should have no problems running any of the popular linux distros on your system. I think the only thing stopping you from using a standard distro is the hard drive size. It will only cost a few dollars to get a second hand 20GB hard drive or larger whether it's a pc or laptop, I think this is the best option for you. I would recommend using ext4 for the filesystem of your hard drive if it's available for the distro you choose, it does seem faster than ext3.

If you're not willing to pay a small amount for a bigger hard drive, puppy will be blazing fast on that hardware (it's blazing fast on much less) and will only take up 100MB space.
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I have run Ubuntu with 3d effects on a laptop with 512 megs of ram. So that is not an issue. Any distribution with lighter desktop environment should be fine. Puppy, Dream Linux, Xubuntu, or any other main stream distribution if you feel should run.
You need to look into the drive space which you do not have much. So just remember to install only those applications that you absolutely need.
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You can try some LiveCDs from 'The LiveCD List' to test drive and find one that fits you.

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