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    Good Distro for old Comp

    Does anyone know of a distro that is good for old computers, A distro that will run at a good speed on a P1, 4GB HD, Don't remember ram an old 3D ATI graphics card and built in sound from the MB I beleive

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    Linux Newbie deek's Avatar
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    Slackware is always a good choice for older hardware...
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    Slackware. I run it (CLI only) on a 486 machine.

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    I would recommend either DSL (damn small linux) or Puppy linux. Both are very fast and responsive, and are designed for older hardware.

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    If you want a GUI, try Damn Small Linux, else, Slackware.

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    Perhaps I will try slackware as I have already tried the other two

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    Linux User St. Joe's Avatar
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    Heh, I lost this thread....

    Here's a great distro to try: Deli Linux.
    It is Slackware based.

    "DeLi Linux stands for "Desktop Light" Linux. It is a Linux Distribution for old computers, from 486 to Pentium MMX 166 or so. It's focused on desktop usage. It includes email clients, graphical web browser, an office package with word processor and spreadsheet, and so on. A full install, including XFree and development tools, needs not more than 250 MB of harddisk space."
    It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

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    DSL or Arch

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    Linux Guru techieMoe's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaboua
    DSL or Arch
    Arch Linux is specifically compiled for the i686 architecture, so I wouldn't recommend it for older computers (many of which are i586 and below). It simply won't run on them. From the Arch Linux website:

    Arch Linux is optimized for the i686 processor and will not run on any lower x86 chips (i386,i486,i586). A pentium II processor or higher is required.
    Last edited by techieMoe; 01-06-2006 at 08:17 PM.
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    Deli linux seems like one to look into

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