What Linux Distro to choose on Old Computers

I decided to write this article after reading (again) the famous Linux quote: Because a 486 is a terrible thing to waste!

In the Linux vs Windows war, Linux is always a winning choice for the old computers. And when I say old, I mean very old, with a less than 1 GH processor and less than 256 MB of RAM memory.

If you are an Ubuntu fan, install a new version of Ubuntu Server without a graphical environment, and install OpenBox on it. Or, you could choose an Ubuntu Minimal version from here.

Examples for 32-bit pc:

  • Ubuntu 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal” Minimal CD 28MB – download
  • Ubuntu 12.04 “Precise Pangolin” Minimal CD 27MB – download

Examples for 64-bit pc:

  • Ubuntu 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal” Minimal CD 34MB – download
  • Ubuntu 12.04 “Precise Pangolin” Minimal CD 30MB – download

Other popular really lightweight Linux Distros:

Tinycore – you need 10 MB of space for it.

Damn Small Linux (DSL) , which is Debian based – it is a little bigger than the others, you need 50 MB for it.

Slitaz – you need 30 MB of space for it.

You can also try your luck with U-lite, an Ubuntu based lightweight distro.

Feel free to recommend any other lightweight distro in comments.

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2 comments on “What Linux Distro to choose on Old Computers
  1. Dee says:

    Puppy Linux
    Antix
    CrunchBang

  2. Dee says:

    OK,…
    those listed above may not work for a 486,…
    but should be ok for somewhat later model computers. (I run older PIIIs).

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