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Old 11-19-2007, 05:27 PM   #1
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Linux Distro good for low-end computers?

What's a good Linux distribution for low-end computers?

I have a computer tech class for high school, and I've been trying to get Linux in our classroom. So far the only copy I've used was Mandriva. I need a copy of something we can install on computers 200Mhz-800Mhz.

I'm just looking for something that's relatively easy to install, a GUI, and file sharing.

Old 11-19-2007, 05:29 PM   #2
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Puppy, Damn Small, Xubuntu(possibly)
Old 11-19-2007, 06:38 PM   #3
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As AceofSpades19 said, Damn Small Linux is pretty good for old computers from what I've read. With a minimum requirement of 16MB RAM, how can you go wrong? His sig has a link.
Old 11-19-2007, 06:53 PM   #4
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Sorry, I had a typo in the link to the DamnSmall Linux site in my signature, its fixed now
Old 11-20-2007, 05:28 AM   #5
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Just as an example I am running PCLOS 2007 on an 866Hz, 256RAM machine and it runs faster than a 1.2 Ghz 256 RAM XP box I have. Surfing the net and watching onlne Youtube clips is a considerably better. The whole experience seems a lot "smoother." With XP it felt as if I was wading through treacle.
I have used the distros for older computers which AofS has listed in his sig. They all work well on low spec machines.


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Old 11-20-2007, 06:24 PM   #6
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My new favorite lightweight distribution PCFluxboxOS. Its a new kid on the block don't think it will get anything but better.
Old 11-21-2007, 08:33 PM   #7
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Thank you for the help. I downloaded a copy of DSL and brought that in. I have a question about that, can you change the screen resolution?


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