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Old 02-09-2013, 01:11 AM   #1
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Need lightweight Linux distribution for making live CD/flashdrive


I and several of my friends have several older Windows 98 PC's that we want to use for Internet surfing (reading news, weather, etc. - nothing more complicated). Most of these machines have 256 MB RAM. Please recommend the currently most suitable lightweight Linux distribution to either install in these machines or to create live CD or live USB flashdrive (bootable). Many thanks!
 
Old 02-09-2013, 08:46 AM   #2
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To make a bootable USB stick, take a look at UNetBootin. See this link -->http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

There are instructions on the site on how to use it and create a USB stick with your favourite distro.

As for which distro, there are many that fit your description. I like Slax, I know there are people using Puppy linux and EasyPeasy as well for this type of system.

Almost any of these can be burned to a CD if you prefer a CD, rather than a USB stick. I'm sure there will be other opinions.

See www.distrowatch.com for more info on any distro you might be interested in.
 
Old 02-09-2013, 10:10 AM   #3
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I recommend to recycle your Windows 98 PCs, as they have little functionality in 2013 (and probably lack the BIOS capability to boot from USB thumb drive). A flash and multimedia intensive site like Facebook will likely bring them to their knees. You can find better hardware for zero or low cost using Craigslist, Freecycle, Goodwill, etc.

Here are some tips where/how to find low-cost hardware: http://kmandla.wordpress.com/2010/10...-old-computer/

A good starter configuration is Pentium 4 with 1gb RAM, this would allow you to run many modern distros. If you really look around (family, co-workers, etc.) you can probably find a Windows Vista-era dual core for free.
 
Old 02-09-2013, 10:29 AM   #4
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http://crunchbanglinux.org/ will ran in it (use only 32bits versions...) - but, like said, "a flash and multimedia intensive site like Facebook will likely bring them to their knees"

* it may ran well too: http://spins.fedoraproject.org/lxde/

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Old 02-09-2013, 02:48 PM   #5
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Slitaz is useful.

Nothing wrong with puppy and dsl.
 
Old 02-09-2013, 03:13 PM   #6
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it can be good for the OP case: http://www.bodhilinux.com/ (it's Ubuntu-based, and comes with Midori browser)
 
Old 02-09-2013, 03:19 PM   #7
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I would not recommend to use live systems or systems that run in RAM on machines with that small amount of RAM.
Usual suspects for those machines would be Salix LXDE, antiX, Vector Lite or one of the general purpose distributions with a set of lightweight software.
 
Old 02-09-2013, 08:03 PM   #8
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You'd have to test for yourself to see what works. As above many people have their favorites. Your choice needs to be both what you like and can use as well as what might be supported on those aged systems. Might be difficult to boot to a usb on some. Might even be hard to get those old cd players to read a burned cd. Some older systems may not boot to newer loaders even. Might have to boot from a floppy even or over pxe/gpxe. May have to consider a net booted like knoppix terminal server or NX.

Try some of the ones posted or distro's that have some saying like "old hardware", "low resource" or such.

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