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    Question Ubuntu on Old PC

    Hi,
    I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out a way to install Ubuntu on an old desktop of mine.

    It's system specs are the following:

    AMD Duron 995 MHz processor
    192 MB RAM
    40 GB HDD

    I tried to install using a Ubuntu 8.04 disk, but the entire process was painfully slow and when it got to the installation it froze at 19%.

    It is also very important for there to be a desktop environment.

    I appreciate recommendations of a particular Ubuntu version or any different Linux at all, that would provide a nice experience for this hardware.
    Last edited by thecrimsonalchemist42; October 15th, 2008 at 01:03 AM.

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    Re: Ubuntu on Old PC

    You could look at trying to install xubuntu but for better performance maybe something like dsl (darn small linux) Or maybe you could go for a barebone install of ubuntu
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    Re: Ubuntu on Old PC

    Quote Originally Posted by thecrimsonalchemist42 View Post
    Hi,
    I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out a way to install Ubuntu on an old desktop of mine.

    It's system specs are the following:

    AMD Duron 995 MHz processor
    192 MB RAM
    40 GB HDD

    I tried to install using a Ubuntu 8.04 disk, but the entire process was painfully slow and when it got to the installation it froze at 19%.

    It is also very important for there to be a desktop environment.

    I appreciate recommendations of a particular Ubuntu version or any different Linux at all, that would provide a nice experience for this hardware.
    i see you did NOT read the requirements of ubuntu, before posting. the live cd requires at least 384mb of ram to even run. ram is cheap. upgrade to 512mb or run a lesser operating system, like puppy linux, or damn small linux. no version of ubuntu will run well with the amount of ram you have.

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    Re: Ubuntu on Old PC

    The "fullest featured" but slowest version of Ubuntu for your hardware would be Xubuntu, which you should install using the Xubuntu Alternate CD instead of the Live CD. Crunchbang or Fluxbuntu are "unofficial" (very nice, but not officially supported) Ubuntu remixes that will run a bit faster than Xubuntu. You could also go for a minimal "barebones" Ubuntu install as Partyboi2 mentioned, or a non-Ubuntu distro such as Debian, DSL, Puppy, or SliTaz. Many options, and the best choice for you depends on your needs and preferences.

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    Re: Ubuntu on Old PC

    Consider Vector Linux Standard; it's a user-friendly derivative of Slackware.
    http://vectorlinux.com/downloads

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