[SATLUG] distro recomnedation
donguitar at gmail.com
Tue May 13 19:21:27 CDT 2008
> need a distro recommendation for my father's ancient computer. Its a
> PIII with 256 mb of ram and a 6 gig hard drive. I tried Ubuntu but its
> way to bloated for this box. was thinking of puppy but I haven't tried
> it out yet on my test box at home. Basic software requirements are
> firefox, OO, and skype.
> oh yeah is there a F/OSS alternative to windows messenger. My step-mom
> uses it for her chat and support groups and does not want to have to
> change her ID.
Todd, you didn't say what the clock speed is but I'll assume it's
probably 500 MHz or faster, in which case, I know of three good distros
you might try.
1. Not just the first I'm listing, it's the one I like best.
Tinyflux (PCFLuxboxOS) is very nice.
2. PC-BSD is lean, mean, fast, has a great selection of
popular software and uses KDE! http://www.pcbsd.org/
3. KateOS has slightly fewer software choices, uses Xfce
and is also quite fast. http://www.kateos.org/
I've tried all of these on a 466 MHz Celeron with 256 MB of RAM and on a
550 MHz P3 with 192 MB of RAM. All three ran great on the P3 while only
Tinyflux and KateOS ran well on the Celeron.
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