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shuttleworthwannabe
April 5th, 2009, 03:28 PM
This is a pc I have: IBM Thinkpad R31 128MB RAM, Pentium III 1GHz.

I want to use for (1) Word processing, (2) non-intensive spreadsheet and presentations, (3) Email, (4) Browsing, (5) Listening to music

Can you please suggest a light weight distro that will achieve those aims given these specs??

Much appreciated.

S

dragos240
April 5th, 2009, 03:29 PM
Xubuntu, is for you.

shuttleworthwannabe
April 5th, 2009, 03:38 PM
I found Xubuntu (in Hardy flava) a bit sluggish. Also feels like a trimmed down version of GNOME?? no? How about another desktop environment??

pwnst*r
April 5th, 2009, 03:43 PM
This is a pc I have: IBM Thinkpad R31 128MB RAM, Pentium III 1GHz.

I want to use for (1) Word processing, (2) non-intensive spreadsheet and presentations, (3) Email, (4) Browsing, (5) Listening to music

Can you please suggest a light weight distro that will achieve those aims given these specs??

Much appreciated.

S

http://crunchbanglinux.org/

sisco311
April 5th, 2009, 03:55 PM
http://crunchbanglinux.org/

+1

or you can start with a minimal installation (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/LowMemorySystems) and then install your window manager of choice and your preferred apps.

Sealbhach
April 5th, 2009, 04:13 PM
http://crunchbanglinux.org/

Crunchbang has Abiword for word processing but it doesn't have spreadsheet or presentations.

You could install Gnumeric for the spreadsheets, but I don't know of any lightweight presentation package... i.e. lighter than OpenOffice presentation.

ajgreeny
April 5th, 2009, 04:22 PM
Have a look at the minimal installation and then add lxde as the desktop environment. It is blindingly fast, appearing almost instantly after logging in. If you have room on disk go for xubuntu and then add lxde to that.

For the clean install of minimal:-
Install lxde in Ubuntu minimal install
First you need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file add the following lines
For Hardy Users

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/lxde/ubuntu hardy main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/lxde/ubuntu hardy main
For intrepid or Jaunty change the word hardy as appropriate.
Start with
sudo aptitude install xorg gdm lxde menu synaptic firefox
then add whatever you want, eg alsa, pulseaudio, open office, flashplayer, java jre etc etc.
If you already have xubuntu, just edit sources.list as above and add lxde

cardinals_fan
April 5th, 2009, 05:51 PM
With those uses, does it really have to be Ubuntu-based?

If so, I'll second the recommendation of a minimal install.

wolfen69
April 5th, 2009, 06:01 PM
i know that technically this is not an ubuntu variant, but Mepis Antix (http://antix.mepis.org/index.php/Main_Page) is a great lightweight distro based on debian. it should run decent on 128ram.

but why not get another stick of ram? i've seen old ram for $5. you could probably find an old computer and take the ram out. or go to a computer recycling center. they would probably give you one for free. there's really no excuse anymore for not having enough memory.

doorknob60
April 5th, 2009, 06:03 PM
Debian Lenny with LXDE IMO, very similar to Ubuntu (uses apt-get, synaptic, etc.) so you'll already know how to get around. EDIT: Post 666

shuttleworthwannabe
April 5th, 2009, 08:09 PM
I am leaning toward an LXDE desktop--u-lite may be an option?? Let me also check out MEPIS AntiX; what desktop does MEPIS AntiX use?

sisco311
April 5th, 2009, 09:23 PM
Debian Lenny with LXDE IMO, very similar to Ubuntu (uses apt-get, synaptic, etc.) so you'll already know how to get around. EDIT: Post 666

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kevdog
April 5th, 2009, 09:54 PM
How about just changing window managers instead of metacity/gnome? e17 (which is great), Openbox/fluxbox come to mind. You will be amazed how light weight they seem to make Ubuntu.

ArtF10
April 5th, 2009, 10:08 PM
Have a look at the minimal installation and then add lxde as the desktop environment. It is blindingly fast, appearing almost instantly after logging in. If you have room on disk go for xubuntu and then add lxde to that.

For the clean install of minimal:-
Install lxde in Ubuntu minimal install
First you need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file add the following lines
For Hardy Users

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/lxde/ubuntu hardy main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/lxde/ubuntu hardy main
For intrepid or Jaunty change the word hardy as appropriate.
Start with
sudo aptitude install xorg gdm lxde menu synaptic firefox
then add whatever you want, eg alsa, pulseaudio, open office, flashplayer, java jre etc etc.
If you already have xubuntu, just edit sources.list as above and add lxde

Or have someone else get you LXDE+Ubuntu:
http://www.moonos.co.cc/?page_id=2(choose the LXDE version):guitar:

Mehall
April 5th, 2009, 10:31 PM
I say +1 to Crunchbang Linux.

I've ran it on systems about that "powerful", though I had a bit more RAM, so i don't know how Open Office would fair :/ but as others said, Abiword + Gnumeric, and just use OO.o for Impress if you really have to.

adamlau
April 6th, 2009, 12:01 AM
Ubuntu Minimal + JWM SVN 456 w/o Xft + PCManFM + gamin will run fine on your box. Faster (lighter on resources, more responsive UI) then an LXDE-based system. Faster than Openbox-based Crunchbox.

jimi_hendrix
April 6th, 2009, 12:11 AM
fluxubuntu

ghindo
April 6th, 2009, 12:16 AM
Xubuntu Jaunty may be a bit faster/lighter than previous variants. I'm not sure. Give it a shot!

snowpine
April 6th, 2009, 01:14 PM
My recommendation is CrunchBang linux (the best of the lightweight Ubuntu variants in my opinion) and another stick of ram. If you are stuck with only 128mb, your options are very limited, maybe Puppy linux. I really recommend 256mb minimum if you want to use "full featured" applications such as Firefox.

billgoldberg
April 6th, 2009, 01:20 PM
This is a pc I have: IBM Thinkpad R31 128MB RAM, Pentium III 1GHz.

I want to use for (1) Word processing, (2) non-intensive spreadsheet and presentations, (3) Email, (4) Browsing, (5) Listening to music

Can you please suggest a light weight distro that will achieve those aims given these specs??

Much appreciated.

S

Forget Xubuntu.

Just installed Slitaz on an Dell Optiplex PII, 192mb ram and it runs super fast.

Plays MP3 files OOTB. The default file manager is a bit strange if you are used to Nautilus, but PcmanFM is in their repositories.

The entire distro is 30mb large.

Video tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXZdjIhqNRs

caravel
April 6th, 2009, 01:29 PM
The issue with that machine is the RAM. Get 512MB in there if possible and Xubuntu will run ok. As it is, you'd have to go for one of the lighter distros.

sertse
April 6th, 2009, 02:33 PM
Minimal install.

If a full featured, everything configured option is a must, I recommend AntiX.

Debian / Mepis based, (way of "doing things" is similar to Ubuntu, similiary large repo etc) a customised IceWM as default desktop, and thus even lighter than CrunchBang's Openbox. Doesn't like too shabby either, (They made IceWM look good! imo)

shuttleworthwannabe
April 7th, 2009, 05:11 AM
I checked out AntiX, and seems to fit the bill for now. I will give some feedback once I have tried it. Thanks a million to all for the suggestions!

S

shuttleworthwannabe
April 7th, 2009, 11:31 AM
How about SliTaz?
is this debian or Slackware??

S

snowpine
April 7th, 2009, 01:31 PM
How about SliTaz?
is this debian or Slackware??

S

Neither. It is an independent project.

SliTaz 1.0 Stable should run okay on 128mb of ram, however, 160mb is recommended for the current Cooking version. There is a "loram" flavor that is supposed to work with less: http://slitaz.org/en/get/flavors.html

I still recommend increasing your ram if at all possible. :)

shuttleworthwannabe
April 8th, 2009, 05:02 AM
Getting more RAM: I totally agree with you; I have tried with numerous computer repair shops here--firstly they told me that the RAM on this machine uses DDR type sticks and will cost as much as replacing the laptop! Secondly, it is not available. Talk about 3rd World!

wolfen69
April 8th, 2009, 05:18 AM
let us know how antix works out.

cariboo
April 8th, 2009, 08:22 AM
I run AntiX on an old Compaq PII 350Mhz with 256Mb of 30pin ram. Except for Firefox it runs quite well. I use Opera, not sure of the version, and for what the average computer needs it runs acceptably. It has the added bonus of being Debian based, so the differences are not to great between Ubuntu and AntiX.

Jim

shuttleworthwannabe
April 8th, 2009, 07:51 PM
I see Mint Fluxbox was released earlier today..any idea if this is trimmed down bloat of ubuntu or not?

Yes, once I get to download AntiX, I will surely post back my experience.
Light browsers: How about Google Chrome for linux?? or even Aurora??
S

Twitch6000
April 8th, 2009, 07:56 PM
I see Mint Fluxbox was released earlier today..any idea if this is trimmed down bloat of ubuntu or not?

Yes, once I get to download AntiX, I will surely post back my experience.
Light browsers: How about Google Chrome for linux?? or even Aurora??
S

Mint Fluxbox is trimmed down version of Mint is is decently fast,but I am not sure of the min. specs.

You should try something like debain+lxde or crunchbang.
Google Chrome currently can be run through wine,however it does not have a Linux version at this time.

sheshdd
April 8th, 2009, 08:35 PM
i think there is an ubuntu distro that comes with fluxbox,can't think of anything lighter than that

john_spiral
April 8th, 2009, 10:20 PM
I second Slitaz, you can't beat it for very old hardware. Try the cooking .iso uses the lxde wm, not bad looking.

Install opera loads faster than the fox.

shuttleworthwannabe
April 9th, 2009, 10:53 PM
Just installed AntiX8. It is better than XP or Ubuntu GNOME, but still sluggish. Problem is the Netgear card WG511 card and my Vodafone HUAWEI E220 USB modem both not working--so wireless is out. Ubuntu Hardy recognizes the E220 modem, but not the Netgear WG511 card--not sure how to get this working.

S

K.Mandla
April 9th, 2009, 11:01 PM
Xubuntu, is for you.
-1.

http://crunchbanglinux.org/
+1.

or you can start with a minimal installation (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/LowMemorySystems) and then install your window manager of choice and your preferred apps.
That's the best idea.