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  1. #1
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    The common question - Low Resource Distro?

    I'm trying to look for a (very) low resource Distro.
    The Specs
    128MB RAM (will soon upgrade add 256MB, removing 32MB, cba to work it out)
    Intel Pentium II Processor - 331MHz
    40GB HDD (formerly 8GB with jumper set to 3GB)
    S3 Trio3D graphics card
    Some obscure and old Creative sound card
    Slow (40 something x?) CD Drive
    Windows XP Professional SP3 (heavily cut down to Windows 2000 size with nLite and SP3 was slipstreamed so don't worry about the post-SP3 installation problems)

    The Model
    IBM Personal Computer 300GL (1998)

    What I've tried
    DSL - It was good but... It wasn't good enough. I guess it was because at the time I had no internet
    Slackware - Did not install, and it's covered in "Bob" and I won't have anything to do with SubGenius.

    The Question
    So can anyone suggest a low resource distro? I would prefer something with C interpreters so I can build software, or .deb support

    I think I'm more likely to try DSL-n next, but I would like some advice from the experts. When I used Xubuntu my graphics card simply wouldn't play with it.

  2. #2
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    Re: The common question - Low Resource Distro?

    Puppy linux runs well on my laptop with only 160ram. it comes with alot of apps and looks good too. it will fly with 256ram. highly recommended.

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    Re: The common question - Low Resource Distro?

    i'll second puppy:
    http://www.puppylinux.com/
    Linux user #435981 / Ubuntu user #9751

    "...when i hear the voices, i ignore them, and do something constructive, like play with my ubuntu..."

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    Re: The common question - Low Resource Distro?

    Zenwalk is great. Run it with a minimal WM.

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    Re: The common question - Low Resource Distro?

    Might want to consider Arch Linux as well.

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    Re: The common question - Low Resource Distro?

    ubuntu base, make your own system.

    Install xorg first, then a WM/DE and then your apps and tada, you have a fast computer on your hands

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    Re: The common question - Low Resource Distro?

    Quote Originally Posted by will1911a1 View Post
    might want to consider arch linux as well.
    +1. With icewm, wmaker, fvwm or openbox (not the SLOW fluxbox)
    Last edited by tel93; August 24th, 2008 at 11:26 PM. Reason: wm suggestions
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