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July 20th, 2009, 05:52 PM
Hi guys, I had to upgrade my laptop because I couldnt install ubuntu 8.10 on it due to a small memory. It only had 128mb of memory, and because it is an old model, it is hard to find SIMMs for it...

Anyway, I wanted to make a kiosk which will only run a powerpoint (or open office) presentation on it. Ill be putting a joystick as controller which I will configure to work like a mouse... now here's the thing. If my computer is just a Pentium 700mgh with 128mb memory... what version of ubuntu will work on it nicely being able to fullfil my requirement? Thank you so much.

July 20th, 2009, 06:00 PM
That would probably be Xubuntu. Minimum is 128 MB ram. Install using the "alternate" cd and not the regular live cd. See more here: http://www.xubuntu.org/get

There may be other less known versions of Ubuntu that are even more stripped down. Or maybe the best would be to use the Ubuntu "minimal" cd (I think it's text based) and add to that one. Also read this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements#Absolute%20minimum%20installati on

July 20th, 2009, 06:02 PM
I'd say you should try Xubuntu (http://www.xubuntu.org/). It has pretty low system requirements (http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu/xubuntu).

July 20th, 2009, 06:04 PM
Depending on your comfort with the command line, I'd recommend doing a minimal CLI-only install (such as with the server disc) and simply adding the minimum packages for your presentation.

Since all you want is openoffice running a presentation, you might as well skip the desktop environment and just let X log in directly to openoffice.

Here's something I did years ago with firefox to create a kiosk, you can probably adapt it to your needs:


July 20th, 2009, 06:07 PM
I know its not a ubuntu version but what about arch? Its very minimal.

July 20th, 2009, 07:18 PM
I would suggest CrunchBang Linux.

July 20th, 2009, 07:25 PM
With those specs, i suggest Dam Small linux, although it is not a ubuntu version, it is very light on system resources.

July 20th, 2009, 07:27 PM
depending on your comfort with the command line, i'd recommend doing a minimal cli-only install (such as with the server disc) and simply adding the minimum packages for your presentation.


July 20th, 2009, 07:33 PM
Yes, 128 MB is very little for Xubuntu even. I would say use minimal install or Puppy Linux, which can run easily in 128mb. You can also get openoffice pet packages for it.