[PLUG] Looking at distros for old desktops

Raseel Bhagat raseelbhagat at gmail.com
Sat Jan 9 11:28:07 PST 2010


On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 12:53 AM, Arindam <arindam.mukerjee at gmail.com>wrote:

> I have some aging / old desktops for which I am looking for
> appropriate distributions. I intend to use them as developer systems
> for some kernel development (noo-b there, modest intentions) but
> prefer an X installation.
>
> One desktop is a PIII 733 MHz with Intel 815e chipset, 512 Megs
> on-board memory and 40G hard drive.
> One is a P4 2.4 GHz with 1 G memory and 40G hard-drive.
>
> 1. Looked at Xubuntu for the lighter-weight XFCE and installed it on
> the P4 box. Liked it quite a bit - my first *buntu box - so far have
> only used FC/OpenSuSE. But, I want to hand pick packages that are
> installed and all said and done that seems not so straightforward with
> *buntus. Am I wrong there?
>
> 2. Are there Gentoo users who can tell me about their experience with
> Gentoo. Is it too much of a bother in the long run to perform software
> upgrades?
>
> 3. Any other lightweight but not too minimalistic distros?
>
>
With 512MB you can even have the Ubuntu Desktop with the full GUI. Just
don't opt for the advanced UI like compiz and all.

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Raseel


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