Linux OS suggestion for old laptop

Link to this post 07 Jun 10

I haven't used linux and ho an old compaq armada m700 laptop (with pentium II 350 mhz 128 m ram) and was wanting to know what OS I could use with this dinosaur of a computer to see if I like a Linux OS better than windows and to make an old computer a bit more useful.

Link to this post 07 Jun 10

DSL (Damn Small Linux) would probably run just fine.

You can also try Archlinux (i686 optimized) and install low resource consuming applications :

- Fluxbox/IceWM/Openbox/whatever for the Window Manager
- Rox as a file manager
- Mpd with a client of your liking for the music...
- Mutt as email client ( or Claws if you prefer X oriented)
- Gqview as "picture program"
- Dillo/Links2 for browsing...

Those are just suggestions, you could use whatever you want!

Link to this post 07 Jun 10

AntiX, a sister distro of Mepis, is made to work with older computers with limited resources.

Slitaz is also gaining notoriety for older systems,

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I have heard others refer to CDLinux (find it here: ) as a good one for extremely limited-resource machines like yours. I have not used it, but here it is as a suggestion to check out.

Another is Portable Linux, a SliTaz fork, that sounds interesting --

Seconding Goineasy9, I have antiX installed on an old PIII with 512MB RAM and hear it runs swell on a PII with 256MB RAM, but this is probably the minimum regarding system requirements. The developer for SaxenOS also used this latter as a description of the minimum system for his distro in a webpage read recently. Both run very well on my PC.

I all you want to do is surf the web and save small files occasionally, the new Lucid Puppy with a USB stick or Slax with its free "Slax Drive" could serve you well running as LiveCDs. has a list of distros, also, that may be helpful.

Best wishes in your endeavor!

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