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  • Use debian squeeze with LXDE. As long as you stay in the 512MB rang of distros, you should have no problems. By the way how much mem do you have?

    Answered by saqman2060
    3 years ago
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  • I would suggest Crunchbang Linux. It's Debian based if you learned on Ubuntu. apt-get installation makes it relatively easy to install applications. It's built off of the openbox window manager which makes things VERY fast. Very low memory usage as well.

    Answered by es20641
    3 years ago
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  • Try Xubuntu here:
    for better opinion see here :

    But for proper answer, full specs r required !

    Answered by rechil_colin
    3 years ago
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  • I use Xubuntu on a very old Dell Dimension B110 and it flies along sweetly! Pretty, fast, simple enough even for me, lol, and works right out of the box.

    Answered by dixiedancer
    3 years ago
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  • Try Puppy Linux

    Answered by carlex
    3 years ago
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  • Xubuntu is fine for low spec computers, it'll run on most anything. I ran it on a Dell Latitude C640 w/256MB RAM, it did quite well.

    However, it may be worth trying Mint 9 or Ubuntu 10.04, as both are good, even on older computers. Either should run well w/o high specs.

    Whichever you decide, being that it's a low end laptop, it probably would be best to do the formatting as ext3, rather than ext4. When you read the release notes prior to choosing your distro (please do this), you'll find this in "known problems". It has to do with the package manager freezing at times.

    Plus, if you decide that Linux isn't for you, and revert to XP, it'll have a very hard time reformatting for the reinstall, should the HDD be formatted as ext4. I know this firsthand. It took me 3 attempts to reinstall XP (and several hours), due to XP having a hard time formatting over ext4.

    BTW, I always use ext3 for formatting Linux installs anyway, even on newer computers.


    Answered by catilley1092
    3 years ago
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  • I use Bodhi Linux on an old dell laptop. It has a pentium 3 and 750 meg of ram. Runs quite well.

    Answered by mglimpse
    3 years ago
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  • Damn small linux , or turbolinux , puppy linux , there are a lot of posibilities

    Answered by broken_glasses
    3 years ago
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  • @Cat Tilley
    Why would it matter when you re-format the partition if it was ext3 or ext4 before!? I can not imagine! it should not matter what information was before on the partition.

    Answered by aponoran
    3 years ago
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  • Heres a list with the lightest at the top:

    1. Tiny Core
    2. Arch Linux
    3. Linux Mint Debian

    Answered by tcurich
    3 years ago
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  • It depends on what you mean as far as "low end". It's going to need at least 256MB of RAM. If it uses shared memory for the video display and only has 256MB installed you are actually working with less than 256MB. The good news is that nearly all laptop memory at the moment is fairly cheap and well worth the $20-$25 for an additional 512MB.

    R4W (Replacement for Windows) is also worth adding to this list of operating systems. It is designed for refurbishing older PCs and laptops. The scoop is that the next version (6.4) will have a fully automated install which can install even on systems with less than 256MB of ram.

    Answered by tomiro
    3 years ago
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  • Even after 2 years I reached into this question. Further search brought me a list of light weight operating systems. Hope this will be help full to other visitors like me.
    Best 5 Lightweight OS For Your Old Laptop and Netbook

    Answered by kodiyan
    12 months ago
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