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    Question Need a lightweight distro...

    Hi all,

    I have an old PC which runs XP and Ubuntu 12.04 atm, however 12.04 seems very slow and sluggish. So I'm looking at replacing it with a fully customisable distro which will run WINE programs as well as 12.04.

    I kind of like Fedora, but not sure how lightweight it is in comparison to 12.04, and doesn't seem very customisable. I've tried the Ubuntu Gnome remix which resembles Fedora in looks but doesn't seem more lightweight. Both Xubuntu and Lubuntu look pretty ugly out of the box, though possibly customisable enough to look more presentable.

    Can anyone suggest any other suitable distros which might help?

    Cheers.
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    Re: Need a lightweight distro...

    Hi Baldrick_NZ,

    What is going to be the primary purpose of the machine?

    That desire may drive your choice. Fedora in my opinion is no lighter than Ubuntu. You may want to Give Bodhi a try though it's based on Ubuntu 12.04 but uses the lightweight E-17 desktop which is very customizable.
    There is always Puppy but I don't use it for security reasons here but it will fly on older equipment. and is passable in looks.

    Good Luck I'm sure you'll get more suggestions.
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    Re: Need a lightweight distro...

    If you like the ubuntu way of doing things in general, ie the update manager, synaptic (I know it's not in 12.04 as default, but I can't manage without it), using sudo instead of a root account, etc etc, you should certainly try Lubuntu. It is Ubuntu with LXDE desktop and lubuntu themes, and it is very fast and brilliant on older machines.

    If it ran XP it will run Lubuntu like a dream.
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    Re: Need a lightweight distro...

    You can always try something like crunchbang.

    http://crunchbanglinux.org/

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    Re: Need a lightweight distro...

    Have you tried Xubuntu or Lubuntu in depth ? I have this same issue of old machine and it's running smooth with Xubuntu 12.04, it's way faster then Ubuntu 12.04. And in my opinion, Xfce is way prettier than Unity or Gnome 2.

    I think the distro speed is somewhat more measured by the graphical environment than other aspects.

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    Re: Need a lightweight distro...

    Is your PC a desktop or a laptop? What year is it from? (PCs were still sold with XP until mid or late 2009) If your PC supports DDR3, PCI X16 version 2, I would probably recommend an upgrade over reinstalling everything.

    If it's early 2000s I would recommend a source distro over a binary distro but that depends on how well do you know linux. I personally use Funtoo as it's optimized for the newer intel core and xeon cpu's where as Gentoo has a generic stage3 tarball.

    You could still use ubuntu 12.04 and just uninstall Unity and go with Openbox if you don't want to compile everything from source.

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    Re: Need a lightweight distro...

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    You can always try something like crunchbang.

    http://crunchbanglinux.org/
    +1 on that one.

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    Re: Need a lightweight distro...

    ArchLinux is a good lightweight distro with vanilla packages that only installs what you want. It has some incredible documentation to go with it as well. That is my lightweight distro of choice, as long as your not afraid of config files instead of gui options.

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    Re: Need a lightweight distro...

    Quote Originally Posted by Baldrick_NZ View Post
    Hi all,

    I have an old PC which runs XP and Ubuntu 12.04 atm, however 12.04 seems very slow and sluggish. So I'm looking at replacing it with a fully customisable distro which will run WINE programs as well as 12.04.
    Without exact specs its hard to say, but an XP-era machine isn't likely to perform well with any modern desktop environment.

    Pretty much any mainstream distro is fully customizable, you just have to learn how to customize it.

    You don't need to keep swapping distros if you just want to try some different desktops. The ubuntu repositories and PPAs have just about every DE out there. Install a few and see which one works well on your hardware, then spend some time customizing the look. This is ultimately better than jumping through fifteen distros hoping someone shares your sense of aesthetics.

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    Re: Need a lightweight distro...

    Are there any other Linux Operating Systems which offers installation in windows using "WUBI.exe?" aside from Ubuntu??

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