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Re: [tlug] Linux distro compatible with 740MHz Celeron / 457MB RAM

Distrowatch has quite a list in the category "old computers". I am
using antix on an old computer at school (celeron 2G with 512).

The specs you give are similar to a raspberry pi, on which debian +
lxde is sluggish, so I wouldn't imagine Lubuntu would be that much


On 14 November 2014 18:29, Curt Sampson <> wrote:
> On 2014-11-13 21:24 +0900 (Thu), Keith Wilkinson wrote:
>> An acquaintance asks for recommendations
>> for a long-service LINUX that will run
>> on a  740MHz Celeron / 457MB RAM PC.
> The first thing you need to find out is if this is a server or a desktop
> system. For a server, I'd give the server edition of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS a
> try; the server editions tend to be fairly light, and 14.04 will have
> maintenance out to 2019-04.
> For a desktop system, you'll definitely need something a lot lighter
> than Unity or Gnome. Lubuntu[1] uses the LXDE desktop environment,
> which is supposedly one of the lightest around that's still fairly
> full featured; it supposedly runs in about half the memory of the XFCE
> desktop environment, which is in turn a lot lighter than Unity/Gnome.
> It also depends on what you want to do with it; it could well be that
> if the applications you want to use are simple enough, you could drop
> the idea of using a desktop environment (session manager, etc.) entirely
> and just go with a simple window manager (fvwm or whatever) and the X11
> server. (This is how we all used to work in the Old Days.)
> [1]:
> cjs
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