Linux installation on older computer

Dell / Dimension 4600i...
August 6, 2012 at 15:37:55
Specs: Windows 7, 2.793 GHz / 2047 MB
I want to know the best Linux OS to put on an older computer, and should I set up on separate hard drive or just run LIVE verson.

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August 6, 2012 at 17:04:04
Question old? Assuming you want to run X and have enough RAM and HDD space, anything Pentium down to 486 would likely be a candidate for DamnSmallLinux. Between PII and "Low-End" PIII, Puppy or AntiX. "High-End" PIII or above---pretty much the sky's the limit, but the low end of this would be a good Xubuntu candidate. Linux is generally easier on system resources than Windows, so it's normally a little faster and much more "customizable" as well. Those are just IMHO; everyone will have a different opinion. And there may (or may not) be a big learning curve if you've never used it.

Perhaps this page will give you a little more info:

BTW---if you're familiar only with Windows, then stick with Live distros until you're comfortable with installing it. They're a little slower, but there's little chance of borking a system if it already has an OS on it..

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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August 6, 2012 at 18:06:20
I thought Damn Small died several years ago, but I recently read that it's back! Good news for anyone that has old hardware laying around.

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August 6, 2012 at 18:36:04

Well, there is a new version out just the other day. Some small changes. It will remain similar and be called "classic" as the author seems to suggest a new distro for other systems.

techie43349, post the specs of the old computer.

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August 6, 2012 at 23:09:25

ARM Devices the future. Windows have accepted the fact!

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