View Full Version : Linux for old laptop

01-23-2012, 07:42 PM
I have an old laptop that a customer gave to me to securely wipe the data. They just let me keep it afterwords and I'm trying to find a distro of Linux that will work on it.

Normally I use Ubuntu, but this thing is no where near meeting the specs for that. I was wondering if anyone might be able to suggest a good distro. I really just want something to get on the net with.

Here are the system specs
Pentium III 800 MHz CPU
10GB Hard drive (wow, has times have changed!!)
CD Drive (no DVD images)

Thanks in advance

Slaters Kustum Machines
01-23-2012, 08:05 PM
Check this out: http://www.jolicloud.com/jolios

01-23-2012, 08:15 PM
Puppy Linux would be my choice. Make a boot CD and see how it runs.

Also handy to have to access borked Windows drives.

I used to use Damn Small Linux, but I don't think it is actively supported anymore.

01-23-2012, 08:21 PM
Even Linux is going to have a bit of a time with 128MB... most of the problem will come when you open a web browser or other program that puts you over the edge of your 128MB.

Agree with Altrenda, Puppy is good.

01-23-2012, 10:04 PM
Check this out: http://www.jolicloud.com/jolios

Joli won't run in 128mb

Puppy might be a go.

Personally I think the machine needs to go in the bin. Those sort of specs won't be a lot of fun, even for internet surfing, unless you are planning on axing any live content, (flash, java).

I wouldnt waste any time on it. Its a dinosaur.

01-23-2012, 10:27 PM
Ya Joli seemed a bit fancy for the specs, I'm gonna give puppy a go and see what happens. I'm not expecting any miracles here either, its just a little side project I'm messing with.

I already have a laptop running Ubuntu that works fine for me right now. I just like messing with old hardware to see what I can squeeze out of it.

01-24-2012, 12:34 AM
Installed puppy linux on the machine and it runs great. Was able to surf the web no problem. Thanks for the tip altrenda.

01-25-2012, 11:08 PM
Also try Lubuntu (http://www.lubuntu.net) Technically.....you can run any version of linux you want on it.....without a GUI ;) lol