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Linux OS suggestion for old laptop

I haven't used linux and ho an old compaq armada m700 laptop (with pentium II 350 mhz 128 m ram) and was wanting to know what OS I could use with this dinosaur of a computer to see if I like a Linux OS better than windows and to make an old computer a bit more useful.

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  • marcmarc Posts: 647
    DSL (Damn Small Linux) would probably run just fine.

    You can also try Archlinux (i686 optimized) and install low resource consuming applications :

    - Fluxbox/IceWM/Openbox/whatever for the Window Manager
    - Rox as a file manager
    - Mpd with a client of your liking for the music...
    - Mutt as email client ( or Claws if you prefer X oriented)
    - Gqview as "picture program"
    - Dillo/Links2 for browsing...

    Those are just suggestions, you could use whatever you want!
  • Goineasy9Goineasy9 Posts: 1,116
    AntiX, a sister distro of Mepis, is made to work with older computers with limited resources.

    http://antix.mepis.com/index.php/Main_Page

    Slitaz is also gaining notoriety for older systems,

    http://distrowatch.com/index.php?distribution=slitaz&month=March&year=2010
  • I have heard others refer to CDLinux (find it here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/cd-linux/ ) as a good one for extremely limited-resource machines like yours. I have not used it, but here it is as a suggestion to check out.

    Another is Portable Linux, a SliTaz fork, that sounds interesting -- http://portablelinux.sourceforge.net/

    Seconding Goineasy9, I have antiX installed on an old PIII with 512MB RAM and hear it runs swell on a PII with 256MB RAM, but this is probably the minimum regarding system requirements. The developer for SaxenOS also used this latter as a description of the minimum system for his distro in a webpage read recently. Both run very well on my PC.

    I all you want to do is surf the web and save small files occasionally, the new Lucid Puppy with a USB stick or Slax with its free "Slax Drive" could serve you well running as LiveCDs.

    http://www.linux.org has a list of distros, also, that may be helpful.

    Best wishes in your endeavor! PuppyLogo.jpg
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