View Full Version : [ubuntu] Ubuntu for 64 Mb machines..

October 25th, 2008, 02:14 AM
I saw some talk in other Ubuntu related forums that suggested that the developers were working out details of an Ubuntu version for older systems with smaller limits of 128 Mb and smaller.

Does anyone know what happened to this goal? I saw a small media version for hand held mp3's and portable laptops, but have yet to find the iso images for it or anything else that may be in development.

Please help if you can. I'd like to get an old Pentium 1 back up and running. It's in great shape and has 64 Mb already in it...

Thank you in advance.


Don't throw out your old system, send it to me! I love working on them.

October 25th, 2008, 03:59 AM
ubuntu in cli mode can be used on your old PC. But if you want a linux system with X11 and apps, you should seriuosly try Damn Samll Linux, it can run in 64MB RAM systems with X11 and a few apps.

October 25th, 2008, 04:12 AM
I'll second the suggestion on Damn Small Linux. I ran it on a Pentium MMX machine with only 32MB. (http://villageidiotsavant.blogspot.com/2006/05/resurrecting-aptiva-with-dmn-small.html)

For Ubuntu on low-memory machines, you might want to try this guide ->
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/LowMemorySystems. Not sure if it can do under 64MB, though.

October 26th, 2008, 08:38 AM
Remember that you are not going to use XFCE or GNOME with that system.

Install a minimal Debian or Slackware system, add xorg with no desktop environments and a simple window manager like WindowMaker or OpenBox. Add the necessary apps one by one until you have a lightweight Linux (http://lightlinux.blogspot.com) system.