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last modified August 10, 2012 by strypey

Bayard Randel: 

>> Apparently Debian is defaulting to the lightweight Xfce in 7.0 Wheezy which might make it a good choice.  <<

Keith McGavin:

>> Puppy really flies. Ethernet support is ok, wireless drivers might require a wrapper script. JWM or install FVWM95, ICE WM packages. There are some forked customized XFCE versions of Puppy available at Distrowatch <<

 Danyl Strype:

>> I would also suggest trying out BLAG. This forum topic from 2006 says:

"I have installed it on a Pentium 233MHz laptop with 128 megs of RAM. It didn't run fast, but could surf the 'net, burn CDs, play mp3 streams etc"

Most distros seem to drift towards bloat over time (although not as quickly as Windows), so it may not run as well on a machine with those specs now, but you never know... <<

Worik Stanton: 

>> I have found https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightweight_Linux_distribution <<

Distrowatch suggests for i586 processors.

1. ConnochaetOS
ConnochaetOS (formerly DeLi Linux) is an Arch-based Linux distribution for old computers, with at least i586 (Pentium I) processors. It's focused on desktop usage. It includes email clients, a graphical web browser, the MPlayer video player, an office package with word processor and spreadsheet. The installation, including X window system and development tools, needs at least 2 GB of hard disk space.

2. LinuxConsole
LinuxConsole is an independently developed Linux live CD with different editions designed for desktops, servers, gaming consoles, and old computers. Its primary characteristics are easy installation, extensive choice of software in the form of modules, and excellent hardware detection.

3. TinyMe
TinyMe is a Unity Linux-based mini-distribution. It exists to ease installation of Unity Linux on older computers, to provide a minimal installation for developers, and to deliver a fast Linux installation for where only the bare essentials are needed.

4. Unity Linux
The community-oriented Unity Linux is a minimalist distribution and live CD based on Mandriva Linux. The project's main goal is to create a base operating system from which more complete, user-oriented distribution can easily be built - either by other distribution projects or by the users themselves. Unity Linux uses Openbox as the default window manager. Its package management is handled via Smart and RPM 5 which can download and install additional software packages from the project's online repository.