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Hi, I have several versions of Ubuntu running various machines. One is our first (and still going strong) Dell Dimension L800r. Pentium III Coppermine, 512mb RAM. I've got Lubuntu 12.04 running OK but it's a tad slow. I know, I know, but it's too good to chuck!
Anyone got any bright ideas of distros that would be better? Want to use for occasional surfing, home networking etc, so must keep abreast of security.
I realise this PC is never going to be blistering, but interested what others like. I have Wary Puppy on CD but prefer just to use that for tinkering with files and partitions.
If you are going to attempt websurfing on such old hardware, you can get a big perceived performance boost by installing such extensions as: adblock, flashblock, noscript, etc. to stop modern web pages from loading their bloated garbage.
If you're used to Ubuntu, go with Debian. You'll see a speed increase there, and you'll have all the package management stuff you're used to. As well, follow snowpine's suggestions to stop the heavy stuff from being loaded by the browser.
Just wondering why debian would have an advantage over Ubuntu, given that's what Ubuntu is based on? Would like to understand that.
Less cruft running in a Debian install than a Ubuntu install. Ubuntu throws the kitchen sink in for running processes.
I run Antix on 64bit and 32bit gear because of that. Lubuntu don't even come close to 55MB of ram to a idling desktop after a bootup.
But I know everyone has their fav distro that can be tweaked to run light. Kinda like girls I guess.
$ cat /etc/issue.net
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