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Which LightWeight Linux Should I choose?

« on: December 25, 2011, 03:44:37 AM »
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    Ok here is the situation:

    I have a older laptop with only 256mb ram on it, It was free and it works.... Iam looking to put Linux back on it but it needs to be a light weight version of Linux, but not so light weight that its just command line as Iam not that experienced on Linux commands yet. I have used Ubuntu more then any other and love the Gnome desktop but xUbuntu is to heavy for this box. Iam going to take everyones suggestions and prolly burn a few ISO's and test them out. I have already burned a copy of Lubuntu and plan to try it.

    Any suggestions would be helpful on this subject....


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    Re: Which LightWeight Linux Should I choose?

    « Reply #1 on: December 25, 2011, 09:16:04 AM »
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    wow Ubuntu ran with 256 ram?  Puppy Linux is very light. PCLinuxOS has three light versions, XFCE and icebox are probly the lightest. but with only 256 Puppy is probly the choice for that machine. In my personal opinion,of course. there many, have you strolled over to Distrowatch yet to browse? what are you looking to use the laptop for? Parted Magic is a very very light distro, but NOT your everyday, watch movies or office distro. although you could make it into an everyday machine using your imagination, with a few mods and packages. And it will run right from the RAM.
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    if it has a linux kernel, it is well worth having. I like the GPL.

    Re: Which LightWeight Linux Should I choose?

    « Reply #2 on: December 25, 2011, 10:06:22 PM »
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    archlinux is very light and can also run on the precedent xD

    Re: Which LightWeight Linux Should I choose?

    « Reply #3 on: December 26, 2011, 09:57:05 AM »
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    as you are newer to linux and the command line interface , Arch may be a bit of a challange as it is intended for more of an advanced user. will Arch run with only 256 ram? Pentium pro or pentium II are the lowest you can go with a proccessor also. how old is the laptop, what does it have as far as hardware and i/o ports?
    I have had PCLinuxOS on the Prevail in dualboot from a 16 gig sd, but that took a recompiling of the kernel for it to even work on an arm architecture, isn't Arch built for X86 and X86-64 arc's? he said he was new to the CLI.
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    Re: Which LightWeight Linux Should I choose?

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    Re: Which LightWeight Linux Should I choose?

    « Reply #5 on: December 26, 2011, 12:19:59 PM »
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    are you goint to use the laptop for developement, or run of the mill- web browsing,music,etc? yes, Arch should run on that machine fine. unity will, puppy will,, there are many distro's that will, word though GNOME desktop and KDE are more ram heavy than say lxde xfce fluxbox ice. its up to you wich distro youd use, those managers run lighter on the ram. experiment, and find out.
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    Re: Which LightWeight Linux Should I choose?

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    as you are newer to linux and the command line interface , Arch may be a bit of a challange as it is intended for more of an advanced user. will Arch run with only 256 ram? Pentium pro or pentium II are the lowest you can go with a proccessor also. how old is the laptop, what does it have as far as hardware and i/o ports?
    I have had PCLinuxOS on the Prevail in dualboot from a 16 gig sd, but that took a recompiling of the kernel for it to even work on an arm architecture, isn't Arch built for X86 and X86-64 arc's? he said he was new to the CLI.


    Arch is not hard to use bash is very easy to pick up and yes you can run arch on only 256mb of ram

    Re: Which LightWeight Linux Should I choose?

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