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Total Linux n00b: low spec system.

Discussion in 'Linux & Open Source' started by DreXeL, 11 May 2007.

  1. DreXeL

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    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Cotswolds

    I've chucked together this POS out of bits I had lying about:

    AMD K6-2 500
    160mb ram
    32mb Kyro 2 graphics card
    6.4gb HDD

    It's going to be hooked up to my TV and a wireless keyboard with built in trackball, and used exclusively for web browsing.

    I'm thinking Xubuntu will do the trick?
  2. BillytheImpaler

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    Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

    I've run Xubuntu on a similar spec and it was quick enough. If you try it and it's not up to your standards you might wish to try DSL, a distro built specifically for low-end hardware. The only trouble I see is the memory. It's always a case of the-more-the-merrier with memory.

    EDIT: Remember to get the alternate version rather than the "Desktop" version. The difference is that the alternate does not include LiveCD functionality and will install on machines with less than 192 MiB RAM like yours.
    Last edited: 11 May 2007
  3. gumbald


    Joined: 26 Aug 2006

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    If possible, bump that RAM up as much as you can, it really makes the difference :)
  4. saffyre


    Joined: 17 Feb 2003

    Posts: 785

    Should be fine even with that ram. Fluxbox is also worth a try as a WM, its prob more lightweight than XFCE. Good WM tho.
  5. 900I


    Joined: 27 Jul 2003

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    Location: Wakefield

    Run Vector Linux standard on that spec m/c mate, I would.