What Linux Distro?

Link to this post 01 Sep 12

Hello, my friend has a fairly slow computer that runs windows vista extremely slow. Minecraft (a cpu intensive java game) is very laggy so I was looking into a lightweight linux distribution for his computer. It needs to be able to boot off a jumpdrive thats 4gb.

So, I tried MacPup, a very lightweight distribution, and internet and everything was about 25 times faster. But after going through the struggle of getting java the hard way, minecraft wouldn't show up. When I tried on my computer it would appear, but when i would play it would be very laggy on my computer (which normally runs it at about 200fps). So there's definitely a problem with the drivers in MacPup because I could only get the default driver, Novou, to work (when I tried to install a nvidia one from their website it would give an error about a package that was not in the repository).

The point is, I was wondering if anyone knows a lightweight linux that would fit my needs by have proprietary drivers, i think? Thanks in advanced to anyone who can answer this question.

By the way, this is some of my friend's computer's specs:
2Gb DDR2 RAM, 32 Bit processor, something around 2Ghz dual core processor, I think a NVIDIA Graphics card (that im guessing has more than 256 MB on the graphics card).

Link to this post 06 Sep 12

Pretty much any distro will work on that computer, you might want to try xubuntu or linux mint+xfce, the light weight window manager will help to lower the footprint.

Link to this post 11 Oct 12

I would recommend either ArchBang or CrunchBang very very lightweight and in my opinion they are very easy to use

Link to this post 21 Jan 13

Not my thread, but I'll be looking into ArchBang or CrunchBang. Thanks!

Link to this post 14 Feb 13

Try ubuntu 12.04 is a good stability choise :D

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