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ibizatunes
September 29th, 2008, 07:40 PM
My mum has got some old laptop from her school that need window taken off and linux put on! :-)
They have 192mb ram, and 1.2ghz processor...... xbuntu seem too slow, fluxbuntu only has 1 years worth of updates / support
(the problem is a maybe moving to Italy for work) so i need something that has updates for years (so teachers can keep update and be easy to use aswel)
With a distro upgrade every now and again!

What is the best light easy to use distro out there?!

oilchangeguy
September 29th, 2008, 07:46 PM
upgrade the ram to at least 512. then it will run 8.04 fine. otherwise you get to use almost useless versions like puppy linux, or damn small linux.

snowpine
September 29th, 2008, 07:48 PM
My mum has got some old laptop from her school that need window taken off and linux put on! :-)
They have 192mb ram, and 1.2ghz processor...... xbuntu seem too slow, fluxbuntu only has 1 years worth of updates / support
(the problem is a maybe moving to Italy for work) so i need something that has updates for years (so teachers can keep update and be easy to use aswel)
With a distro upgrade every now and again!

What is the best light easy to use distro out there?!

If you really like Xubuntu, but find it a little too slow, here are my suggestions:
1. RAM upgrade
2. Try using a lightweight windows manager (Openbox, Fluxbox, IceWM, etc.) over the Xubuntu "core".
3. Debian + Xfce

I agree that Fluxbuntu is a bad choice if regular updates are important to you. I consider Crunchbang to be "the new Fluxbuntu" (in a good way).

Puppy seems to be very popular these days. I don't have extensive experience with it, but it has a good reputation for being fast on old hardware. DSL and SliTaz are also fast on old hardware, but I would not consider them as easy to use as Puppy.

Good luck!

Terl
September 29th, 2008, 07:51 PM
My mum has got some old laptop from her school that need window taken off and linux put on! :-)
They have 192mb ram, and 1.2ghz processor...... xbuntu seem too slow, fluxbuntu only has 1 years worth of updates / support
(the problem is a maybe moving to Italy for work) so i need something that has updates for years (so teachers can keep update and be easy to use aswel)
With a distro upgrade every now and again!

What is the best light easy to use distro out there?!

I would look into Zenwalk Linux. It is light and easy t use and will work well with thespecs you have. I use it on a couple laptops and have even run it on older pc's that barely met theminimums and it runs fine. It is Slackware based so it is different that Ubuntu to use. The community is great.

Thereare others that would works also, Like Damn Small Linux, and Puppy Linux to name two.

wannadumpwindows
September 29th, 2008, 07:52 PM
AntiX is pretty excellent. IT's really fast, even running from the cd. It recommends 128 Mb for RAM, so you should be just fine. You even have a little left over. :D

Link:
http://antix.mepis.org/index.php/Main_Page

bumanie
September 29th, 2008, 07:54 PM
I don't agree with oilchangeguy that puppy and damn small linux are useless. Have limited use of puppy and condidering its size (about 87mb), I think it is very good and can do most things. I believe the latest version is compatable with slackware repositories, so it can be built-up to be quite functional.

ibizatunes
September 29th, 2008, 08:19 PM
Thanks think i will look into zenwalk and antix as they look the best and these are for people not that IT skill and having never touch linux before!
Thanks

anticapitalista
September 30th, 2008, 01:32 PM
For obvious reasons I would suggest antiX.

Alternatively, you might like TinyMe and/or Tinyflux (PCLinuxOS based).
You coul try the latest sidux xfce version or even the kde-lite version. Both will be slow as livecd, but once installed, sidux is fast, even with kde-lite on 192MB RAM.