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terrykiwi83
February 26th, 2012, 03:35 AM
Well I have just uncovered an old, ancient system that I want to give to my 4 year old son. I run Linux on my other systems and would like this one to include Linux. Well at least one that would run, reasonable.

The Specs Are:

Intel Celeron 333Mhz
256MB RAM
160GB HD
S3 Video Card
It has USB1 but is unable to boot via USB
DVDRW Drive
Ethernet

I have tried Lubuntu but that just sits at the logo screen with the circle dots going, and going, and going......
Software that I would like to run on this Linux box, would be GCompris, Tux Paint and Tux Type.

What would you recommend?

Thanks :)

BertN45
February 26th, 2012, 04:21 AM
Ubuntu 10.04 the children have used it for years on a Pentium II of 400 mHz and 384 MB. You could also try Xubuntu 11.10, it should work a little bit better with your amount of memory.

enjoijesus94
February 26th, 2012, 04:24 AM
Im Pretty Sure You Could Run Linux On It

I Used To Have A Desktop That Was Really Old.

Installed Linux And It Was Working Fine.

HeroOfCanton
February 26th, 2012, 04:25 AM
Lubuntu meets those requirements. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu#System_Requirements

enjoijesus94
February 26th, 2012, 04:27 AM
Lubuntu meets those requirements. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu#System_Requirements

Good Suggestion.:D

HeroOfCanton
February 26th, 2012, 04:32 AM
Good Suggestion.:D

Ugh! Didn't see that Lubuntu was already tried... I'll smack myself on the back of the head for that one. :D

Maybe Bodhi or Puppy?

enjoijesus94
February 26th, 2012, 04:37 AM
Ugh! Didn't see that Lubuntu was already tried... I'll smack myself on the back of the head for that one. :D

Maybe Bodhi or Puppy?

haha its all good man.

whatthefunk
February 26th, 2012, 04:41 AM
If you have a bit of linux experience, Id go with Crunchbang. It uses a window manager for a DE so a lot of things are lacking a GUI, but it runs great on low-spec systems.

Lubuntu should also work. When you tried Lubuntu, did you manage to install it? At what point did you see the Lubuntu logo with the circles? Im guessing that you couldnt install it....try the alternate install iso. Old machines sometimes cant handle the graphics heavy normal install cd.

terrykiwi83
February 26th, 2012, 06:27 AM
Thanks for the replies, I tried lubuntu but it was just on the logo (loading screen) for 5 mins and I gave up :(

Am used to a hex core i7 so my patience was not working :)

May try Puppy Linux? what are peoples thoughts on that?

whatthefunk
February 26th, 2012, 06:33 AM
Thanks for the replies, I tried lubuntu but it was just on the logo (loading screen) for 5 mins and I gave up :(

Am used to a hex core i7 so my patience was not working :)

May try Puppy Linux? what are peoples thoughts on that?

Yeah, you need to try the alternate iso.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/DocumentationHelp/MinimalInstall

jmszr
February 26th, 2012, 06:59 AM
terrykiwi83,

You might want to go with Lucid Puppy: http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm . It utilizes the Lucid (10.04) packages, so you'd have a lot of software available.

Hope that helps.

lkraemer
February 26th, 2012, 02:13 PM
Other good choices are:
1. Debian 6 "SQUEEZE" (Gnome 2.x)
2. TinyCore 4.3 (XFCE)
3. Vector 7 (XFCE)
4. Slitaz
5. AntiX M11 IceWM Rox Default (Fluxbox, wmii and dwm also installed)
6. Arch Linux (XFCE)
7. Porteus 1.2 RC1 (XFCE)
8. Puppy

There's lots of options. Burn some of the LiveCD's on a CDRW and give them a test. (Arch is a Source Distrbution......Well worth a test! GREAT Wiki/Forum & Documentation)

REF:
http://distrowatch.com

lk