Aug 26, 2013

Four Light Linux Distributions For Older PC's

I received several free Powered By Ubuntu stickers requests in the mail over the weekend, and in one of them a guy wrote a letter saying that he was starting a non-profit where he re-purposed older machines and put Linux on them. He wanted to know what Linux distributions I recommended for older machines.

I mean a lot of people like standard Ubuntu, but with Unity it can be a resource hog on Pentium 4 machines right? So here are the four distributions I recommended for older hardware:

  • Lubuntu - Lubuntu is a fast and lightweight operating system developed by a community of Free and Open Source enthusiasts. The core of the system is based on Linux and Ubuntu . Lubuntu uses the minimal desktop LXDE, and a selection of light applications.

  • Puppy Linux - Linux is a free operating system, and Puppy Linux is a special build of Linux meant to make computing easy and fast.
  • Xubuntu - Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment. Xubuntu is perfect for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks with a modern look and enough features for efficient, daily usage. It works well on older hardware too.
  • DSL (Damn Small Linux) - Damn Small Linux is a very versatile 50MB mini desktop oriented Linux distribution. DSL has a nearly complete desktop, and a tiny core of command line tools. All applications have been chosen for the best balance of functionality, size and speed.
With so many distros out there to choose from I'm sure there are many more that are light-weight and perfect for older machines. What do you suggest? Let us know in the comments!
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