[PLUG] Looking at distros for old desktops

Arun Tomar tomar.arun at gmail.com
Mon Jan 11 21:33:38 PST 2010


On Sun, 2010-01-10 at 00:53 +0530, Arindam 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?
> 
> Thanks.
> ------
> * I am not sharing disk space with skylights, casements, window$ or
> immovable furniture of any sort.
> 
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if you are looking for a distro that is really small and still works.
try puppy linux. it's hardly 60-80 mb and runs amazingly fast as it runs
entirely from RAM.

arun.




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