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Old 07-19-2008, 12:35 AM   #1
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Lite Linux Distro Ideas?


I've got an old HP Laptop(256mb RAM) that I want to setup with a very simple Linux Distro, and just wanted everyone else's opinions. I just want to set it up with Networking, Printing, Word Processing and Web Browsing(the basics).

I'm looking for a distro with the Xfce DE, since Flux might be too much for someone else to work with.

So far I am considering Absolute or Zenwalk.

Other ideas?
 
Old 07-19-2008, 01:39 AM   #2
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Ubuntu server/cli install. Add xorg and IceWM. Ice Window Manager is close enough to what Win98 looks like that it won't be an issue. There a lot of cool themes for it as well.
 
Old 07-19-2008, 01:44 AM   #3
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I tried zenwalk and mint both for some time for same reasons.
But Xubuntu was better than both of them.
May be you should think of it as well.
 
Old 07-19-2008, 01:54 AM   #4
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Here's a list of distributions that can* have Xfce default desktops:

Link here.

"can" = some distros like Debian use gnome as a default, but there are also install discs for Xfce and KDE.
 
Old 07-19-2008, 07:29 AM   #5
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Hi Bud.

I suppose Damn Small Linux or PC Linux OS 2008 MiniMe would be something I would go for.

Here are reviews

DSL

http://librenix.com/?inode=3843
http://www.linuxforums.org/reviews/d....0_review.html

PCLOS

http://linux-exploration.blogspot.co...nime-2008.html
http://news.softpedia.com/news/PCLin...ME-22024.shtml

2nd one would be my favourite distro for everyda use.

Good luck.

Andy
 
Old 07-19-2008, 07:50 AM   #6
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Puppy is a nice light-weight distro, although I don't know about getting the printers. Also, I couldn't get wireless working on my machine with it.
 
Old 07-19-2008, 08:59 AM   #7
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Nearly Office Puppy comes with Xfce.
 
Old 07-19-2008, 09:43 AM   #8
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I'd say go with debian netinstall then dist-upgrade to testing. I put that on an old compaq 333mhz laptop with 128mb I have and it's very fast.

http://www.debian.org/CD/netinst/
 
Old 07-19-2008, 11:42 AM   #9
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So far the hardest problem is finding a distro with networking and shared printing support. I've got a Windows machine downstairs off the network that has a shared drive for the family photos and runs all the printing.
 
Old 07-19-2008, 03:04 PM   #10
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So far the hardest problem is finding a distro with networking and shared printing support. I've got a Windows machine downstairs off the network that has a shared drive for the family photos and runs all the printing.
pretty much any distro would offer that, it's just how you configure things.
 
Old 07-20-2008, 01:17 AM   #11
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try puppylinux,it run superb in my old pentium3 800,20GB Hdd with 128MB too
 
Old 07-20-2008, 10:59 AM   #12
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It's going to be hard to beat Puppy for your needs.
There are a variety of desktop "puplets" to choose from. The mentioned Nop being one.
If you want wireless to work, nothing beats Puppy Network Wizard.
There are a wide variety of packages(pets) available.
 
  


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