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nam_siddharth
I have a Pentium 3 (800 MHz) computer with 512 MB RAM and 80 GB Hard Disk. I am currently running Windows XP on it. I want to switch to Linux on this computer. Which Linux Distribution will be good for me?

My requirements are:
1. An OS light on resources.
2. Anybody familiar with windows XP can use the computer without need to learn anything.
3. Have a lot of per-installed games for children of age group 8 Years to 16 Years.
nam_siddharth
I am currently downloading Kubunto 10.4 . Which will be lighter on system resources, Kubuntu or Ubuntu?
nam_siddharth
I installed Kubuntu 10.04 on my computer. But I could not login my computer with my ID and password. So, I rebooted from Kubuntu CD to reformat my PC. But this time this CD booted to the desktop environment, not in installation mode. So, I give up and now I am installing Windows XP again.
ocalhoun
nam_siddharth wrote:

My requirements are:
1. An OS light on resources.

Many linux distros are good for this, but not the recent versions of the most popular distros.
Quote:

2. Anybody familiar with windows XP can use the computer without need to learn anything.

That mostly limits you to a few ones that specifically try to mimic windows.
You'll get a much better OS if you're willing to learn new things.
(Also, any linux distro will only resemble XP superficially- it will look similar, and behave similarly for everyday tasks, but try anything advanced, and you'll quickly see huge differences.)
Quote:

3. Have a lot of per-installed games for children of age group 8 Years to 16 Years.

Easy to find a linux distro with many pre-installed games, but it may be difficult to find that in combination with XP-lookalike.

Some suggestions:
http://xfce-look.org/content/show.php/XPLuna?content=83797
http://www.linux-xp.com/desktop/
http://sourceforge.net/project/screenshots.php?group_id=173462
http://www.xpde.com/
nam_siddharth
ocalhoun wrote:
nam_siddharth wrote:

My requirements are:
1. An OS light on resources.

Many linux distros are good for this, but not the recent versions of the most popular distros.
Quote:

2. Anybody familiar with windows XP can use the computer without need to learn anything.

That mostly limits you to a few ones that specifically try to mimic windows.
You'll get a much better OS if you're willing to learn new things.
(Also, any linux distro will only resemble XP superficially- it will look similar, and behave similarly for everyday tasks, but try anything advanced, and you'll quickly see huge differences.)
Quote:

3. Have a lot of per-installed games for children of age group 8 Years to 16 Years.

Easy to find a linux distro with many pre-installed games, but it may be difficult to find that in combination with XP-lookalike.

Some suggestions:
http://xfce-look.org/content/show.php/XPLuna?content=83797
http://www.linux-xp.com/desktop/
http://sourceforge.net/project/screenshots.php?group_id=173462
http://www.xpde.com/


Thanks for your reply. But all the links you have given is for XP themes for Linux. Kindly suggest me some Linux distributions which is light on system recourses. Should I use any old version of Ubuntu and install one of these XP themes over it?
k_s_baskar
Debian 5.
I normally pick Debian or Ubuntu because apt-get uses much less memory than RedHat/Fedora’s equivalent, and it’s also my personal preference.
Smile
menino
Last year, I tried Wolvix Linux, which was quite light on my old machine. You can try that (wolvix.org)

Also, there are others and perhaps you can take a look at the below mentioned site to evaluate for yourself :-
http://www.abzone.be/Review001_p002
metalfreek
Looking at your system configuration, I will recommend xubuntu. It is light weight and great for low performance PC.

Quote:
Minimum system requirements

You need 192 MB RAM to run the Live CD or 192 MB RAM to install. The Alternate Install CD only requires you to have 64 MB RAM at install time.

To install Xubuntu, you need 2.0 GB of free space on your hard disk.

Once installed, Xubuntu can run with starting from 192 (or even just 128) MB RAM, but it is strongly recommended to have at least 256 MB RAM.
Iguleder
If you want a really light distribution, try Puppy Linux.

I won't recommend it if you need a big variety of packages. However, it has a huge community and technical help is very easy to find in Puppy.

If you need a very usable and stable system, got for a custom install of Debian. Install a basic Debian with no X and get either JWM or IceWM ... that should be enough.
czarulit
If you have any skills in Linux I really recommend you Arch Linux. It's light, easy in configuration (of course not for a beginner - ease of configuration comes from reasonably constructed configuration files) and, thanks to AUR, repositories consists of nearly everything you would ever think of.
albuferque
If you liked Ubuntu, maybe Lubuntu will work better on that hardware.

The LXDE desktop uses the Openbox window manager and is intended to be a low system requirement, low RAM environment for netbooks, mobile devices and older PCs.

An initial review claims it uses half as much RAM as Xubuntu or Ubuntu on a normal installation or in typical use.

http://www.linux-mag.com/cache/7520/1.html
ahnguye5
Hey, as someone said already, a majority of Linux distros can run on old hardware. That leaves you looking for a one that would be easy for someone coming from Windows. I suggest Linux Mint for the following reasons:

> support for proprietary codecs (Flash, MP3, etc.)
> it has a package installer that makes choosing software easier by incorporating screenshots, ratings, and reviews
> other subtle choices that make the look and feel similar to Windows (deletion of the top panel, organization in the menu bar, etc.)

You can customize any distro the way you want really, but this is Mint "out of the box" so you don't have to do much tweaking.

Here are the system requirements from their website:

> x86 processor (for both 32 & 64-bit versions)
> x86_64 compatible processor (for the 64-bit version)
> 512 MB of system memory (RAM)
> 3 GB of disk space for installation
> Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
> CD-ROM drive or USB port

These are the requirements for their latest release Linux Mint 9 RC so any older version (Mint 8 or Mint 5 LTS) should definitely run smoothly.
nam_siddharth
ahnguye5 wrote:
Hey, as someone said already, a majority of Linux distros can run on old hardware. That leaves you looking for a one that would be easy for someone coming from Windows. I suggest Linux Mint for the following reasons:

> support for proprietary codecs (Flash, MP3, etc.)
> it has a package installer that makes choosing software easier by incorporating screenshots, ratings, and reviews
> other subtle choices that make the look and feel similar to Windows (deletion of the top panel, organization in the menu bar, etc.)

You can customize any distro the way you want really, but this is Mint "out of the box" so you don't have to do much tweaking.

Here are the system requirements from their website:

> x86 processor (for both 32 & 64-bit versions)
> x86_64 compatible processor (for the 64-bit version)
> 512 MB of system memory (RAM)
> 3 GB of disk space for installation
> Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
> CD-ROM drive or USB port

These are the requirements for their latest release Linux Mint 9 RC so any older version (Mint 8 or Mint 5 LTS) should definitely run smoothly.


Thanks ahnguye5. I will try Mint on one of my PC.
jilbs
I will be installing fedora 13 on my desktop. Tonight. Just downloaded the DVD from their site. Smile
jilbs
Sad to Say I wasn't able to complete the installation. somehow i got stucked with the hardrive detection process. Sad. and its taking sometime to install unlike ubuntu which is very very easy.

anyway, ill try it again tonight. hehehe. just saying.
Fire Boar
Try configuring your BIOS to use AHCI compatibility mode. Also, why isn't this a new thread?
ahnguye5
How's it going, did you give Mint a try?
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