Latest LQ Deal: Latest LQ Deals
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 08-20-2003, 07:53 PM   #1
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 72

Rep: Reputation: 15
linux with 32 mb of ram

Hi, i just got this cheapo laptop with only 48mb of ram. yes, i put 32 in the subject but who counts in 48's anyway? And i was wondering if any good linux distributions are out there that can work with this much. I checked Mandrake and Redhat but their requirements are too high. As you can guess, i'm a real newbie and i'm not too familiar with any of the other distributions. was hoping to learn linux with this cheap laptop
Old 08-20-2003, 08:02 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: UK
Distribution: Debian SID / KDE 3.5
Posts: 2,313

Rep: Reputation: 48
Try Knoppix

20 MB of RAM for text mode, at least 96 MB for graphics mode with KDE (at least 128 MB of RAM is recommended to use the various office products),

When you start up GUI's your looking at heavy stuff, although other GUI's use less memory 40Mb is not enough now.

MOst of the others reccommend at Minimum 64Mb.
Old 08-20-2003, 08:12 PM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: Jun 2003
Distribution: Debian/other
Posts: 2,104

Rep: Reputation: 45
Just an idea.

BasicLinux is a mini-Linux that runs in a 4mb ramdisk. It has a fully-featured shell, an easy-to-use editor, and a variety of useful utilities. In particular, BasicLinux is well equipped for internet use: it can dial an ISP, browse the web, send/receive mail, and download files.
BasicLinux is a good distribution for an old 486. It is much leaner than RedHat and performs better on old hardware. Although BasicLinux initially runs on a ramdisk, it can be installed to its own HD partition, where additional packages can be added (including X and GCC).
Old 08-20-2003, 08:21 PM   #4
Senior Member
Registered: Dec 2001
Location: 35.7480 N, 95.3690 W
Distribution: Debian, Gentoo, Red Hat, Solaris
Posts: 2,070

Rep: Reputation: 47
I'm running Red Hat 7.2 on a system with 32MB of RAM and only a 200 CPU. I can run a lot of open programs at once: a terminal, opera, gimp, etc. No problems.

On an older system, you just can't use GNOME or KDE. Most window mangers work great such as icewm, Window Maker, or fluxbox.
Old 08-21-2003, 01:08 AM   #5
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: Sunny Southport, again.
Distribution: PCLinuxOS 0.93 and 0.92, Vector sometimes
Posts: 825

Rep: Reputation: 30
Vector Linux is famous for running on low-spec machines.
Old 03-29-2004, 06:00 AM   #6
LQ Newbie
Registered: Mar 2004
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
Mine's a Pentium III 600 Mhz machine with 80 Mb RAM. How fast (or otherwise) will gnome, kde.... (or other managers ) run on this machine........ I'm really eager to switch to Linux and Redhat 9 is currently the only distro avilable to me.
Old 03-29-2004, 09:17 AM   #7
Registered: Mar 2004
Location: Valhalla
Distribution: Slackware-current, kernel 2.6.31
Posts: 284

Rep: Reputation: 35
Slackware has also very low hardware requirements. It runs on a system with 486 or better, RAM 8 MB or more, and is making the effort to provide the ability of really old and slow machines to run it.

40 Mb of RAM are enough to run Window manager like Fluxbox or Windowmaker and there are also some desktop environments that run quite smooth on slow machines. However if you want KDE or Gnome you must think about 128 Mb RAM, although they will run on 64 or even less ( if we can call this running).


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
RAM: Does linux require as much ram as Windows XP? hanzj Linux - Newbie 48 04-18-2007 12:14 AM
Win98SE Pentium166MMX/64MB RAM vs Linux AthlonXP+ 3000/512MB RAM : Lucent LT WinModem t3gah Linux - Software 2 04-22-2005 01:01 PM
How Linux uses RAM lel800 Linux - Newbie 6 10-26-2004 07:44 AM
Linux Does not see the RAM voitel Linux - Software 3 07-15-2001 06:13 PM
How much RAM can I use under Linux? shane664 Programming 1 04-02-2001 06:33 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:18 PM.

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