View Full Version : [ubuntu] Best os for old 400mhz laptop

August 5th, 2009, 11:34 PM
Ok I have a Old inspiron 7500 pII 400 with 128 megs of ram, 20g HD

I was wondering what OS would be recommend. I was thinking Puppy Linux or maybe Xubuntu.

I want to be able to use Open Office and get on web with out it be too awfully slow.

My wireless adapter is a USB Airlink Model AWLL3026

Thanks for any suggestion or experiences

August 6th, 2009, 12:21 AM
I want to be able to use Open Office and get on web with out it be too awfully slow.

You will struggle with OpenOffice on 128MB.

I would avoid Xubuntu on anything under 256MB.

Puppy is a good choice, but I would stick to Gnome Office rather than OO.org. Other reasonable choice is Ubuntu+LXDE (see link below).

August 6th, 2009, 12:25 AM
I agree, Xubuntu is not that light to be honest.
Damn Small Linux might be a nice choice.
Or CrunchBang Linux which is based on Ubuntu. http://crunchbanglinux.org/

August 6th, 2009, 12:26 AM
I have an old laptop with the same specs and I run PClinuxos minime with an icewm desktop.

August 10th, 2009, 04:10 PM
Puppy Linux

or another vote for Damn Small Linux, it should might work for you as well-

Both distros are very small and light.

I agree with ugm6hr, Open Office on 128MB of ram might be a bit painful. To be honest, I've never tried it on a linux distro with 128MB, but since it ran on a win2k+128MB (8MB shared video so 120MB really) it will work.

AbiWord is worth a look as well as Gnome Office

August 10th, 2009, 04:14 PM
Puppy and Damn small are good choices, you will be up and running without the need to config them.

You can also do a Debian Net install, and after that you can install a minimal Desktop like Icewm (which I think is what Damn Small uses) or even try to run xfce.

I once toyed with a pretty old compaq laptop (it was like a 1998 model) and I could run Puppy pretty well from it.

I currently have a an old PIII (is 900mhz) with 512 of ram. Debian with Xfce4 runs pretty decent on it

August 10th, 2009, 11:26 PM
One of the best-kept secrets in Linux: VERY lightweight, only a 300MB download, but includes codecs and amazing extras: PCLXDE (http://www.pclinuxonline.com/?p=174).


August 11th, 2009, 01:34 AM
slitaz is good, i tried it on 128mb of ram and it was pretty fast, the only downside was flash videos were still bad, it uses openbox so it will be pretty fast and the iso is under 30mb

wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SliTaz_GNU/Linux

homepage: http://slitaz.org/en/

August 11th, 2009, 02:44 AM
+1 for slitaz. It has firefox 3 so it will cover most of your browsing needs.

Look for RAM!