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Best Linux for old Pentium II

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by XP_tech, Sep 5, 2010.

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  1. XP_tech

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    I'm not sure which Linux operating system is best for an old Pentium II 266mhz computer I have which I want to restore. It has over 200mb or ram and currently it has Ubuntu 10 installed but I want it to run faster. Can someone please guide me to which linux distribution is best that I can use for this laptop that will allow it to run faster? Is puppy linux good? Something similar to ubuntu 10 would be great.
    (Is there anything I can maybe do in Ubuntu 10.04 to make it run faster while I have it installed now?) Thanks.
     
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    okay thanks. Are there maybe any performance tweaks I can do to Ubuntu 10 so that it can run faster. It runs okay now and see a big improvement in speed especially when switching from XP, but I was wondering if there are a few things that could be done to boost performance. In terms of youtube video quality/speed, will any other linux distribution help with the speed of video playback or will they all be abit sluggish just as now because of the 266mh processor?
     
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    I installed xfce and now ubuntu 10 is much faster. The only issue I still have is with the audio...I have no sound but it sais in sound preferences "Dummy output". Anyway I can get audio to work too?
     
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    I'm using Puppy Linux http://puppylinux.org/main/index.php on an ancient laptop and I love it. The WiFi was so easy to set up. I settled on this after Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, and EduBuntu all failed or performed poorly.

    512 MB RAM 512, battery so old it holds a charge for 15 minutes, monitor has lines on it. But I got a free MP3 player I can use to surf the net too.
     
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    I second Puppy. There is a "version" specifically designed for older machines as well.
     
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    I like how the OS loads from CD to RAM, which means I can still use the CD reader to play movies. And it will save a file to the HD to preserve changes I've made to settings.
     
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    It will save the changes to: CD/DVD if it wasn't closed, USB stick or disk, Hard disk, just about ANY writeable material( I haven't tried a printer yet ;) )
    The save to CD option is particularly useful because even if you use it in a different machine, it will re-detect hardware but remember all settings it possibly can (Language, installed programs etc).
     
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    I tried Slax Live disk. Couldn't connect to wireless. Went back to Puppy Linux.
     
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