View Full Version : [ubuntu] Best ubuntu version for Pentium III, 256 MB laptop
April 16th, 2011, 11:57 AM
Trying to revive a Compaq Evo Pentuim III 1066 MHz laptop with 256mb of RAM.
Which ubuntu version will it best support?
April 16th, 2011, 01:53 PM
Your ram is really low.
Any chance you can add more?
You can try Xubuntu or Lubuntu.
April 16th, 2011, 01:58 PM
Try CrunchBang Linux, it's Ubuntu based:
If you want ubuntu, i suggest Lubuntu
or try Minimal Ubuntu : http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Minimal-Ubuntu-Linux
April 16th, 2011, 02:13 PM
I have the same machine. I upgraded the memory to 384Mb, which is the maximum possible, I think.
I run Ubuntu 11.04. Unity does not install, just 'classic'. It is solid, but very slow. Only one application at a time, and it is usable, but infuriating. Lubuntu is slightly better, but the hardware is at the limit.
April 16th, 2011, 02:17 PM
Another thing. I cannot get the Evo to boot from the USB. I have to install Ubuntu from a CD, using the CD reader in the expansion dock. This works, but not everyone will have an expansion dock.
April 16th, 2011, 02:24 PM
You could load via Unetbootin.
No disk or usb needed.
April 16th, 2011, 05:32 PM
What about Puppy? It's Ubuntu 10.04 based. :)
April 16th, 2011, 05:48 PM
Site said 256 ok.
April 16th, 2011, 06:08 PM
Older machines normally don't have a BIOS which supports booting from USB. If this is important to you, you could try upgrading the BIOS, but I still think that the machine is too old. Just stick to the CD.
Unetbootin is irrelevant here, as it is a program for creating USB sticks, and as explained above they will most likely not work.
There are many good options in the thread. Now it is up to you to do some experiments :-)
April 16th, 2011, 06:16 PM
Recently I installed Lubuntu on a similar system, worked quite smoothly.
January 14th, 2013, 05:10 PM
From my experience I can say that Xubuntu 10.04 still works fine on these old machines, but newer versions really lag too much, not workable anymore. Lubuntu, on the other hand, works very smooth, also the newest version , at this moment 12.10.
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