[PLUG] Looking at distros for old desktops

Raseel Bhagat raseelbhagat at gmail.com
Sun Jan 10 00:58:07 IST 2010

On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 12:53 AM, Arindam <arindam.mukerjee at gmail.com>wrote:

> I have some aging / old desktops for which I am looking for
> appropriate distributions. I intend to use them as developer systems
> for some kernel development (noo-b there, modest intentions) but
> prefer an X installation.
> One desktop is a PIII 733 MHz with Intel 815e chipset, 512 Megs
> on-board memory and 40G hard drive.
> One is a P4 2.4 GHz with 1 G memory and 40G hard-drive.
> 1. Looked at Xubuntu for the lighter-weight XFCE and installed it on
> the P4 box. Liked it quite a bit - my first *buntu box - so far have
> only used FC/OpenSuSE. But, I want to hand pick packages that are
> installed and all said and done that seems not so straightforward with
> *buntus. Am I wrong there?
> 2. Are there Gentoo users who can tell me about their experience with
> Gentoo. Is it too much of a bother in the long run to perform software
> upgrades?
> 3. Any other lightweight but not too minimalistic distros?
With 512MB you can even have the Ubuntu Desktop with the full GUI. Just
don't opt for the advanced UI like compiz and all.


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