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    Best ubuntu version for Pentium III, 256 MB laptop

    Hello people.
    Trying to revive a Compaq Evo Pentuim III 1066 MHz laptop with 256mb of RAM.
    Which ubuntu version will it best support?

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    Re: Best ubuntu version for Pentium III, 256 MB laptop

    Hi!

    Your ram is really low.

    Any chance you can add more?

    You can try Xubuntu or Lubuntu.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...emRequirements

    KegHead

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    Re: Best ubuntu version for Pentium III, 256 MB laptop

    Try CrunchBang Linux, it's Ubuntu based:
    http://crunchbanglinux.org

    If you want ubuntu, i suggest Lubuntu

    http://lubuntu.net/

    or try Minimal Ubuntu : http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Minimal-Ubuntu-Linux

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    Re: Best ubuntu version for Pentium III, 256 MB laptop

    I have the same machine. I upgraded the memory to 384Mb, which is the maximum possible, I think.
    I run Ubuntu 11.04. Unity does not install, just 'classic'. It is solid, but very slow. Only one application at a time, and it is usable, but infuriating. Lubuntu is slightly better, but the hardware is at the limit.

    Mike

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    Re: Best ubuntu version for Pentium III, 256 MB laptop

    Another thing. I cannot get the Evo to boot from the USB. I have to install Ubuntu from a CD, using the CD reader in the expansion dock. This works, but not everyone will have an expansion dock.
    Mike

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    Re: Best ubuntu version for Pentium III, 256 MB laptop

    Hi!

    You could load via Unetbootin.

    No disk or usb needed.

    KegHead

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    Re: Best ubuntu version for Pentium III, 256 MB laptop

    What about Puppy? It's Ubuntu 10.04 based.

    http://puppylinux.org
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    Re: Best ubuntu version for Pentium III, 256 MB laptop

    Hi!

    Site said 256 ok.

    KegHead
    http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/

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    Re: Best ubuntu version for Pentium III, 256 MB laptop

    Older machines normally don't have a BIOS which supports booting from USB. If this is important to you, you could try upgrading the BIOS, but I still think that the machine is too old. Just stick to the CD.

    Unetbootin is irrelevant here, as it is a program for creating USB sticks, and as explained above they will most likely not work.


    There are many good options in the thread. Now it is up to you to do some experiments
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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    Re: Best ubuntu version for Pentium III, 256 MB laptop

    Recently I installed Lubuntu on a similar system, worked quite smoothly.
    Ah Media PC's with Ubuntu rock!

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