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Need help choosing a Linux distro for some ancient hardware


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Tyler5690

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I have an old computer that I would like to revive, to use mainly as an internet appliance. It has a Pentium, 166 MHz, 64 MB of RAM, and a 3 GB hard drive. I have heard people say I should use Xubuntu, Slackware, Vector, DSL, and others, but I'm not sure what to choose. Also, I have been told to stay away from Gnome and KDE and go with Xfce or similar. Any reccomendations?
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I haven't tried a machine quite that old but I did get DSL to run on a PII (233mhz) 32 MB of RAM and it was quite alright for the internet. Runs faster than Win98SE on the same machine.
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I would look into these two.

http://www.vectorlinux.com/

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

Running KDE or Gnome on that old of a computer would be painful. When there are so many 1 gig to 2 gig computers out there almost free to buy its much easier to find one of them and run newer versions of linux on them.

And theres always:

http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/

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I like slax and Ubuntu personally, ubuntu i am particular to its just nice and any OS that gets the thumbs up from nelson mandella is bound to be good.
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Yes, but will my limited hardware be able to run Slax or Ubuntu, or should I go for a smaller, more compact distro?
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GoblinX is Slax based has four windows managers to try and more than likely would do alright for your machine. I'm a long time fan of Fluxbox, Xfce and Enlightenment available in GoblinX.
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