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Old 08-13-2010, 01:53 AM   #1
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Smile Small Easy linux for VERY low end PC


Here's my PC configuration:
  • 128 mb DDR2 RAM
  • 40 GB HDD
  • 16 mb onboard graphic card
  • Intel Pentium 4
  • no cd or DVD writer
  • celeron CPU 1.8 GHz
Iam currently using windows XP sp2 And now iam tired of it running too slow and frequent hangs so iam shifting to linux i know nothing about linux

I have the following expectations from the new OS
  • It should run smoothly on my PC
  • normal pC usage such as web browsing and other tasks
  • less than 500 mb
  • better from windows
  • a better User Interface
 
Old 08-13-2010, 02:01 AM   #2
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How about Puppy? It's easy to use and there's a USB image if you have no access to a CD burner at all.
 
Old 08-13-2010, 03:58 AM   #3
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Take a look at
puppy, tiny linux, debian....
An older article:
http://www.linux.com/news/hardware/d...older-hardware
 
Old 08-13-2010, 08:29 AM   #4
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http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=tinycore
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=puppy

Speaking of "Tiny Core" - I'm not sure it will serf Web smoothly, but it is very quick for your specs.
 
Old 08-13-2010, 09:47 AM   #5
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Increase your RAM to 512mb+ and you can run any Linux distro you want. Ubuntu, Mint, and Puppy are very popular with first-time Linux users. Good luck!
 
Old 08-13-2010, 10:39 AM   #6
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Quote:
I have the following expectations from the new OS

* It should run smoothly on my PC
* normal pC usage such as web browsing and other tasks
* less than 500 mb
Linux always does better than xp in these.

Quote:
* better from windows
If you give us definition in what you think is *better*.
Quote:
* a better User Interface
Microsoft knows better than anyone in fooling the users to become lazy and dull. You 'd better stay there is you expect on *User Interface*

Try Absolute Linux 12.2 or v. 11. I have tried run it already in a 128mB. Download it from here.
 
Old 08-13-2010, 04:04 PM   #7
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Puppy, slitaz, xpud, vector and I am sure more than a few others.
 
Old 08-13-2010, 11:47 PM   #8
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I started with Linux running Slackware 10.0 on an IBM PC300 (first generation Pentium 300 MHz chip) with 256 MB RAM.

It ran fine--a little slow, but faster than my P3 ran XP. The one limitation was that the first generation Pentium chip could not deal with video, though it was fine with audio.

I second snowpine's recommendation to buy more RAM. RAM is cheap these days and is the cheapest and easiest way to improve performance. I recently upped this P4 from 512 MB to 4 GB RAM and it has made a world of difference.

With a little more RAM, you should be able to run just about anything on that box. Get a nice USB external CD/DVD reader/writer and you will be set. Dalco sells nice reliable stuff cheap.

One question though: Is it a P4 or a Celeron? They aren't the same, but, if you're not planning to do heavy-duty scientific calculations, it probably doesn't matter all that much.
 
  


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