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.