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marcoharder
February 6th, 2012, 04:36 AM
Hi! I have an old IBM laptop at home with a Pentium III 900 Mhz processor with around 512 MB of RAM. I was wondering if there is a distro that's light enough for this machine that will allow me to do basic multitrack recording [8 -12 tracks max, no processing]. What would you guys recommend?

whatthefunk
February 6th, 2012, 04:45 AM
There are a lot of distros out there that would work on this system. Some that I recommend:
-Lubuntu
-Puppy Linux
-Crunchbang

Crunchbang is probably the lighter of the three but uses a windows manager as its DE so you dont get any eye candy.

If youre going to use the computer for recording, the distro matters less than the program probably. Check out the programs listed here:
http://linux-sound.org/hdr.html

sgx
February 6th, 2012, 06:05 AM
Hi! I have an old IBM laptop at home with a Pentium III 900 Mhz processor with around 512 MB of RAM. I was wondering if there is a distro that's light enough for this machine that will allow me to do basic multitrack recording [8 -12 tracks max, no processing]. What would you guys recommend?

Bodhi linux is small fast linux with E17 gui, ongoing developement, and you can add debian audio packages using synaptic, PPAs, and testing/unstable repositories, by modifying the sources.list.
There area a few debian RT kernel .deb files out there, to speed up audio performance. The header files needed are a separate .deb

You can ask their forum for users with similar laptops, for more
accurate opinions

http://forums.bodhilinux.com/

TheFu
February 6th, 2012, 06:31 AM
Just came across an article about 8 small linux distros, but can't find the link now. Google found this: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/8-of-the-best-tiny-linux-distros-683552?artc_pg=1 and http://www.tuxradar.com/content/whats-best-lightweight-linux-distro

TinyCore is very small, but may be too much hassle to load the 10 packages you need to make it useful. Still, if you just need email and web surfing, it is hard to get smaller than TinyCore.

cfhowlett
February 6th, 2012, 06:34 AM
xubuntu is pretty light as well.

CivilizationII
February 17th, 2012, 08:25 PM
Ubuntu standard then install blackbox desktop. This is working fine on low ressource computer, and you can stay with the softwares ubuntu provides, and stay on the latest release.