Need a good distro for OLD PCs

Discussion in 'Desktop Operation' started by Automaton, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. Automaton

    Automaton New Member

    I am looking for a lean distro to give me the following:

    • A basic GUI Interface
    • Internet (Browser, email, etc.)
    • Decent Hardware Support (not perfect)
    • Not a Hardware HOG

    I want to be able to provide a Linux alternative to clients who have OLD PCs. I don't want to be limited to Win98 since it will get no more security patches soon.

    For example, I took a P2, 133 Mhz with 128 Mb of RAM to see how I could do with the distros I had.

    • Linspire (forget it)
    • Xandros (Video Bombed)
    • Ubuntu (Crawled)
    • Debian from scratch (Desktop load) worked the best, but my soundcard and modem not working

    I didn't try Knoppix, but I want a hd install.

    Can anyone give me some advice?

    Thanks In Advance
  2. graveman

    graveman New Member

  3. Automaton

    Automaton New Member


    Thanks for the suggestion, I'll take a look...
  4. g33k

    g33k New Member HowtoForge Supporter

    More Alternatives

    You may have a look at Vector Linux
    From the VectorLinux website :
    >>I didn't try Knoppix, but I want a hd install.

    You can install knoppix in your harddisk..Check out here

    Have a look at Damnsmall Linux..
    Here's what they say..DamnSmall Linux can :
  5. Automaton

    Automaton New Member

    Thanks for the suggestions g33k, I'll check them out....
  6. falko

    falko Super Moderator Howtoforge Staff

    I don't think you'll have much fun running a desktop on that hardware... Anyway, you could try Xubuntu; it comes with the Xfce desktop which is rather lightweight.
    And if FreeBSD is ok for you, you might also try PCBSD.
  7. Automaton

    Automaton New Member


    You are probably right, but I have run into a LOT of clients who are still using old PCs with win98 or winme. XP isn't an option due to bloat and Microsnot is killing updates for win98 and winme soon, so I wanted to find a linux alternative for those in that situation.

    I am afraid my problems are going to be hardware support, especially for the "winmodems" or software modems that are so prevelant nowadays. Also sound cards seem to be a concern.

    I personally like W2k, but I am afraid it will not meet my needs either.

    What's a boy to do.....

    Thanks for the suggestions.
  8. Astrofaces

    Astrofaces New Member

    donate those

    maybe you can encourage some of your clients to donate the old things to the third world villages.
  9. sjau

    sjau Local Meanie Moderator

    I installed on my mom's backup computer (P3 400Mhz, 128 MB Ram) Xubuntu and that run faster than WinXP on my 1.7 Ghz Athlon / 1Gb Ram
  10. badabing

    badabing New Member

    If Debian worked best, u should have tried to get that modem and soundcard working.
    What i am seeing in your post is that u want a linux-out-of-the-box what works the immidiatly with no configuration at all?

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