Linux lightweight distro

June 16, 2010 at 15:30:55
Specs: win xp
Hello Guys,

I have a 1.50ghz P4, 512 ram. I've been googling for different linux lightweight distro but cannot seem to decide which distro I am going to pick. Have you guys tried a linux lightweight distro and what do you think works best with the kind of processor speed and ram I have? What I need is a distro for educational purposes e.g LAMP, office suites, suitable for online gaming, etc

Thanks in advance.

LilyV


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#1
June 17, 2010 at 01:28:01
1) There is a bit of a contradiction here. You want a lightweight
distro - but you want some fairly heavyweight apps - office suites
and gaming etc.

2) Try Lubuntu - which is is an LXDE version of Ubuntu and uses
the same repositories.

3) 512 Mb should work with most distros.


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#2
June 17, 2010 at 12:42:37
Not sure how much you can get on tinycore. It is one of the smallest.

Puppy has some good reviews but hard to install the latest greatest.

Vector and some other of the slack based may be a choice.

As above any distro with a lightweight window manager may work.

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#3
June 17, 2010 at 13:30:03
"Puppy has some good reviews but hard to install the latest greatest."

Lucid Puppy 5? What was the hard part jefro?

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#4
June 17, 2010 at 14:34:07
@arochester: Thanks. I'll check the Lubuntu distro
@jefro: I was considering Puppy at first but when you said "hard to install the latest greatest" I had my doubt. Like what skipco said "what was the hard part?"

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#5
June 17, 2010 at 23:04:27
I was just wondering...I had no trouble installing Puppy 5.0 and I'm certainly not an experienced user of any Linux distro.

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#6
June 18, 2010 at 12:45:30
"Lucid Puppy 5? What was the hard part jefro?"

You can easily install puppy.

You may find it harder to install xampp, OO, and games that are much more well supported by other distros.

It is just my opinion.

Almost every app known is supported by the big distros. Debian, slackware, and RPM based distros are the main sourced trees.

See distrowatch.com for info.

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#7
June 18, 2010 at 17:27:31
Thank you for all the advices...I found the xubuntu on the distrowatch.com. I think I am going to try to install it later.

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#8
June 19, 2010 at 10:01:19
Let us know how you like it.

I like puppy for what it is, I just think you are really in a small world and limited with puppy. It has come a very long way and now far surpassed DSL. It does have possibilities to be used in place of almost any distro. It is just that it all may not be there for easy install. Things like synaptic package manager will install apps and all the dependencies with one click. Puppy has a way to install apps but the list is very small compared to others that are full distro's.

The OP's processor is OK for linux. Could use a bit more ram. With 1G ram it would suit almost any distro with a light window manager and almost any app. Well, you won't be able to be a fall over for google.

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