Latest LQ Deal: Linux Power User Bundle
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 03-14-2007, 06:17 AM   #1
Registered: Jun 2006
Location: Australia, South Australia
Distribution: MX14.4
Posts: 102

Rep: Reputation: 15
linux distro for old computers

Hey guys im still looking for a distro of linux that will run on my old 486 computers and pentium 1's. Can anyone recommend some?

Old 03-14-2007, 07:22 AM   #2
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: Slackware,Ubuntu
Posts: 389

Rep: Reputation: 30
slackware, Vector
Old 03-14-2007, 07:44 AM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: Mar 2007
Location: Osaka
Distribution: Slackware 11.0, Kubuntu Edgy
Posts: 15

Rep: Reputation: 0
I found a lot of useful information at or http://polishlinux/choose/linux_on_old_hardware that gave some good information and some further links for added research.
Old 03-14-2007, 07:45 AM   #4
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: South Africa
Distribution: CentOS,Ubuntu,Fedora
Posts: 249

Rep: Reputation: 30
Damn small linux
Puppy Linux

Depends what you want to use it for??, also do you need a GUI or will it act as some sort of server??
Old 03-14-2007, 06:39 PM   #5
Senior Member
Registered: Feb 2007
Location: Chilliwack,BC.Canada
Distribution: Slackware64 -current
Posts: 2,079

Rep: Reputation: 58
DSL, SLAX Frodo or Popcorn edition, possibly Xubuntu, Puppy Linux
Old 03-14-2007, 07:04 PM   #6
LQ Newbie
Registered: Apr 2004
Distribution: debian
Posts: 8

Rep: Reputation: 0

but as shawnbishop said:

Originally Posted by shawnbishop
Depends what you want to use it for??, also do you need a GUI or will it act as some sort of server??
. -ant
Old 03-14-2007, 10:02 PM   #7
Registered: Apr 2006
Location: Quebec, Canada
Distribution: Xubuntu, Zenwalk, Slax, Gentoo
Posts: 39

Rep: Reputation: 16
there's also Deli linux that i've heard of, their test computer is an actual 486, so you know that it will work on old hardware. Main goal is for Desktop use I think.
Old 03-15-2007, 07:27 AM   #8
LQ Newbie
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Australia Sydney
Distribution: Vector SOHO 5, Solaris 9 (SPARC)
Posts: 19

Rep: Reputation: 0
Deli linux is pretty good. I remember installing grey cat linux on my 486 but it seems their original website went down.

this is what is left
Old 03-15-2007, 01:07 PM   #9
Registered: Oct 2005
Distribution: Ubuntu 12.04 X86_64
Posts: 960

Rep: Reputation: 35
anything without KDE or Gnome

basicly any disro that you can choose XFCE, *box or enlightenment on

*box == fluxbox, blackbox , hackedbox etc


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best Linux Distro for older computers? stoneysilence Linux - Newbie 9 03-07-2007 07:17 PM
what would be the best distro for slow computers? mac1234mac Linux - Distributions 8 01-14-2007 04:30 AM
Good Distro for my office with 4 networked computers? SonoranFun Linux - Distributions 3 01-19-2005 04:00 PM
Choosing a Distro (really old computers) GoblinInventor Linux - Newbie 23 11-03-2004 06:17 AM
what is the best distro for a 30 computers school network? oddione Linux - Newbie 11 06-16-2004 09:19 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:52 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration