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engbyrew
November 5th, 2011, 09:35 PM
Hello,
I have a growing stack of OLD laptops. They range from sub-1GHz PII's to 2GHz Celerons. The hardware is working fine and I hate to throw them away. I see some use for these as utility machines for things like weather stations, etc where they must run 24/7 but only consume 15-20 watts.
What is the leanest Ubuntu system that these guys could comfotably run?
Please re-direct if there is a better forum for this question.
Thanks,
-Rich-

Cpierce
November 5th, 2011, 10:14 PM
I vote for lubuntu. Very nice, very fast. However if that is still too big (which I doubt), then look at SliTaz.

engbyrew
November 5th, 2011, 10:43 PM
I will zip the drive on a test machine and begin testing lubuntu and any other recommendations others might have. Thanks for the input.
Anyone else have input?
It might help to know that the main use would be to run simple programs, maybe some centralized file sharing, and basic web surfing.
Thanks again,
-Rich-

bluexrider
November 5th, 2011, 10:48 PM
Go to Distrowatch http://distrowatch.com/index.php?dataspan=1

Old laptops can run Damn Small or Core. Not Ubuntu but workable.

LinuxMint or Lubuntu


Good luck:)

Hylas de Niall
November 5th, 2011, 11:00 PM
Go to Distrowatch http://distrowatch.com/index.php?dataspan=1

Old laptops can run Damn Small or Core. Not Ubuntu but workable.

LinuxMint or Lubuntu


Good luck:)

If Mint, be sure and try the LXDE version.

dFlyer
November 5th, 2011, 11:03 PM
I vote for lubuntu. Very nice, very fast. However if that is still too big (which I doubt), then look at SliTaz.

+1, lubuntu should meet your needs.

kurt18947
November 6th, 2011, 12:02 AM
Piling on Lubuntu for 'typical' PC usage. I'm running it on a 10 yr. old PIII thinkpad w/ 512 RAM. Web browsing and LibreOffice stuff work okay. Flash does not but that may be due to the Intel video for that model; I seem to recall it has a less than sterling reputation. The machine uses around 120MB. with the Opera browser running. I have no experience with Puppy and the really lightweight stuff.

LinuxFan999
November 6th, 2011, 02:18 AM
Lubuntu is the lightest Ubuntu variant avaliable, so I would recommend using that.
You could also use Xubuntu if you prefer that over Lubuntu.

tuxt
November 6th, 2011, 02:00 PM
I vote for:

http://www.debian.org/index.en.html

:D

collisionystm
November 6th, 2011, 02:02 PM
I vote for:

http://www.debian.org/index.en.html

:D

CrunchBang

Matti L
November 6th, 2011, 03:20 PM
My vote goes for Puppy Linux

snowpine
November 6th, 2011, 04:19 PM
Hi engbyrew, please don't throw any computers in the trash, recycle them properly!

The "lightest" version of Ubuntu is a command-line only (no GUI) install. This could have many uses: server, torrent slave, weather station, music jukebox, etc. Here are the hardware requirements (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements) for command-line (CLI):


Ubuntu Server (CLI) Installation

* 300 MHz x86 processor
* 128 MiB of system memory (RAM)
* 1 GB of disk space
* Graphics card and monitor capable of 640x480

And here's a blog with some good suggestions for old hardware (though it's worth noting the author has recently gotten rid of everything older than Intel Core Duo): http://kmandla.wordpress.com

LinuxFan999
November 6th, 2011, 07:05 PM
If you choose to do a command line only install of Ubuntu 11.10, please be aware that there is a bug in which the terminal doesn't appear automatically after booting. Because of this bug, if you choose to do a command line install of Ubuntu 11.10, make sure to press CTRL-ALT-F1 after boot (when there is no hard disk activity) to get to the terminal.

snowpine
November 6th, 2011, 11:14 PM
If you choose to do a command line only install of Ubuntu 11.10, please be aware that there is a bug in which the terminal doesn't appear automatically after booting. Because of this bug, if you choose to do a command line install of Ubuntu 11.10, make sure to press CTRL-ALT-F1 after boot (when there is no hard disk activity) to get to the terminal.

I did not know that; appreciate the tip! :)

Toxcity
November 7th, 2011, 02:13 AM
Been messing with light distros recently. Trying to get super fast performance out of a netbook. :)

What I recommend:
CrunchBang, not Ubuntu but Debian. Completely in love with this distro. Light and nimble as they say.

XUbuntu, I found this pretty heavy going until you turn off composition. Then it was a nicer ride.

LUbuntu, didn't have much time with this one. Didn't really enjoy LXDE. :(

Ubuntu 11.10 Commandline, this is what I have done on all my machines now and from there built a system which suits me. On the machine I am on now I have it running Gnome shell and it hardly tickles my RAM. On my netbook I have it running Openbox and it uses around 50Mb of RAM and is fully functional. ;)

Hope that helps!

engbyrew
November 7th, 2011, 02:53 AM
Thanks folks for the advice.
I now have some fun indoor projects for the winter months.
Great, quick responses.
THanks again,
-Rich-