Good and light distro for my old notebook?

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  1. AlexC

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    What's a good and light distro for my old notebook? Im currently using Ubuntu but i want something a little bit lighter. I use it for browsing, read pdf´s and simple games. I would also like to be able to install libre office or open office. I´ve tried Lubuntu, but i would really like to try a different distro. Any suggestions? Thanks!:thumb:
     
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    Crunchbang linux is debian based and light. I have used it for some time and it's very good.

    Vector linux is good, you can try their Lite Live version. I think it is based on Slackware 12.2. But it is light, compatible with old computers, and it works well.

    There's always Puppy.

    Jim
     
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    Yes, it does. So not for the likes of us über-paranoid folks...? :p :D
     
  7. vasa1

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    Just asking! And confirming! :D

    But seriously, even for moderately cautious folks, won't that be an issue? I'm sure there's a good reason and a link/pointer would be appreciated.

    I'm reading this right away:
    http://puppylinux.org/wikka/security

    and search for this "my thoughts by Nathan Fischer". He goes on to explain why.
     
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    linux mint xfce, xubuntu, vectorlinux, zenwalk, fedora xfce puppy linux ...............many others
     
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    How 'bout dat ?
    ;)

    Still stand by recommendation :)
     
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    :thumb: for Crunchbang

    I don't know what the spec is of your old notebook but I have been running Crunchbang on my NC10 netbook (1GB ram, Intel Atom 270) for about 6 months and I find it very responsive. I run XFCE and at idle it uses 69 MB of ram and this increases to around 180 MB when using vlc and Firefox (Iceweasel). I have used Libre Office in the past and it ran well but I never used it extensively and as I didn't really need a full office suite I removed it. Now I just use Abiword and Gnumeric if I need to.

    Crunchbang is based on Debian Squeeze so a lot of the software it uses have old version numbers e.g. vlc is 1.1.3. However you can get everything up to date by adding the debian testing sources to your sources list and performing an upgrade.
     
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    PCLOS :thumb: KDE (if you have at least 1GB RAM) or LXDE (256 MB and more).
    Sorry but I'm fan of PCLinuxOS :D
    Awesome distro :)
     
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    yeah sorry i forget pclinuxOS xfce is also awesome distro if you have 1 Gb ram you can load xfce into ram and see the difference your self

    also

    you can go with any or gnome centOS 32bit gnome it also run pretty well 250-350 including office,vlc and firefox running its rock solid distro for longterm use

    xfce or puppy = speed if that you looking for :D

    lxde is pretty light dont take advantage of ram run mostly under 160-200 mb where as if you use xfce base distro it give you huge perfomance advantage or puppy linux

    http://www.pclinuxos.com/forum/index.php/topic,94390.0.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTg9C4_jbb4

    what are your hardware specification may i ask
     
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    Sorry mack_guy911, i didn´t read this last part, i'm always in a rush!o_O

    These are my notebook specs:
    •Processor: Intel Celeron M 900 MHz
    •Memory: 1GB
    •HD: 30 GB

    This distro seems very good, and i'm very curious about PCLinuxOS. Already downloading...:D
     
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