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Heya guys, (Hope this is in the right forum...) I have a very simple request. I have a old PIII 700Mhz IBM Laptop with 128MB RAM (Very limited resources). I ...
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    Cool Fast&Lightweight for Programming C (Vim&GCC) and reading PDF's


    Heya guys,

    (Hope this is in the right forum...)

    I have a very simple request. I have a old PIII 700Mhz IBM Laptop with 128MB RAM (Very limited resources). I want to do two things on it. Programming (C and C++) and reading PDF's.

    Currently I have Arch Linux on it. I use Vim as my text editor and gcc as compiler. Some other apps I use are GNU Screen, elinks, and trying to set it up so I can code Android apps in it. And I am pleased with the setup.

    However, I recently developed the need to view large PDF's (100-1000 pages). I have tried some viewers using FrameBuffer, but that is really slow and it takes me about 5-10 minutes to get to the page I wanted to be, and by that time the Lecturer has moved on to 7 other topics.

    So the next possible solution in my mind is installing a lightweight x environment in which I can view PDF's with a lightweight PDF viewer. Maybe even changing to another distribution.

    Some opinions I received are Lubuntu and CrunchBang.

    I have also received videos on Android development. If possible it would be cool if I can view them as well on my laptop, but that's not important.

    I know this is a question with a few hundred possible solutions, but all opinions/advice will be considered, appreciated and looked into!

    Thanks in advance
    Xethron

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    Distrowatch.com has a search function that includes older computers. It will return a number of candidates which you can try to see if they work better for you.
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    Ah yes, forgot about that.

    TinyMe Linux looks quite awesome... As well as AntiX. So many choices :P

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    Myself, I would either install DSl, Gentoo, or Debian with a minimalist desktop (xfce, icewm, twm, etc). I run Debian Etch (2.6.24 kernel) on a 64MB ARM board with 50MB+ left over for applications, so 128MB is not out of the question.
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