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    Low-end Debian distros


    Hello,

    I am a user of Windows XP (can't really get any later Windows on this computer) and not only has the support for the OS been dropped, it has also gotten quite boring, to be honest. All the new software cannot be downloaded, like Discord. I decided to go with GNU/Linux.

    Now what I am looking for is a Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution which I am perhaps going to use with a desktop environment like LXDE. If there are any other DEs that look better but are still not resource intensive, please suggest it to me. or maybe I won't change the DE at all if it is included and fine.

    If it matters at all, I'd just like to add that I will use it for programming purposes as well.

    I am going to list my computer specifications, as well as the Windows XP requirements.

    My specifications:

    CPU: Intel Celeron 420 1.6GHz
    Chipset: Intel 82945G Express Chipset Family (Total Memory: ~64MB)
    RAM: 2GB (2040MB) DDR2
    Storage: 74.5GB

    Windows XP minimum requirements:

    CPU: Intel Pentium 233MHz
    RAM: 64MB
    Storage: 1.5GB
    Last edited by Nykal; 09-05-2017 at 07:58 PM.

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    This seems perfect, thank you!

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    Checkout antiX! I love it on my old dell dimension 3000 which has a single core celeron processor with 1gb RAM! It runs like a champ!

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    please be aware that even Linux cannot perform magic on a seriously outdated piece of hardware.

    many distro developers like to use the "lightweight" keyword, but for this machine you need something very very very lightweight.

    off the top of my head, antix, puppy, slitaz are very lightweight yet still offering a graphical desktop, web browsing etc.

    but even so, many applications are only available in one version that is NOT lightweight.
    i'm guessing discord would be one of those apps.

    also many devs are phasing out 32bit support (famous example: chrome browser).

    and still more, the internet of 2017 is resource-hungry and you will experience lockups while browsing, especially if you don't disable javascript.

    make up your own mind, try out a few.
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    Nihili, are you honestly implying that my computer is that awful?
    Why would I experience lockups while web browsing? Switching from XP?
    I am pretty sure my computer would have absolutely no problem with LXDE or Xfce on a minimal distribution.

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    well, Just Do It (tm) then!
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    gnewsense.org/Main/Download
    gNewSense 4.0 with GNOME desktop for i386
    gNewSense 4.0 with GNOME desktop for amd64
    Minimum system requirements:
    Processor: 1GHz
    Memory: 512MB
    Hard drive: 5GB
    gNewSense 4 is based on Debian GNU/Linux
    Last edited by Deper; 2 Weeks Ago at 11:59 PM.

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