Many of us have an old computer, in fact, old computers are everywhere, instead of taking them to the garbage you can revive them with these 6 cool Linux distributions which is designed specially for old PCs and Laptops.
SliTaz is an independent Linux distribution which is designed to run on any computer with no less than 256MB of RAM, SliTaz ISO file is very small in size (45MB Only!), it uses its own package manager “tazpkg” to manage software, there are 3500 installable package in SliTaz, it comes with the Openbox window manager beside LXpanel which makes it very fast on the old PCs.
2. Tiny Core
A Micro Core Linux as it’s developers say, Tiny core ISO file size is only 12MB and it comes with FLTK/FKWM and BusyBox desktop by default, of course many things are removed from this distribution like many hardware drivers but you can install them later if you want, it runs completely on memory which makes it very fast in fact, it was forked from Damn Small project but right now it is an independent Linux distribution.
3. CrunchBang Linux
CrunchBang Linux is a Debian-based distribution targeting old PCs and laptops, it also uses the Openbox window manager by default beside some GTK+ applications, as it’s developers say: “The primary aim of the CrunchBang project is to produce a stable distribution offering the best possible out-of-the-box Openbox experience”.
4. Puppy Linux
Based on Ubuntu, Puppy Linux is another small distribution for old PCs, it loads into the RAM disk which means that it will be very fast on usage, You can boot it from any CD, DVD, USB Flash and Floppy Disk if you want, Thanks for being based on Ubuntu, all the 40000 packages that Ubuntu provides are able to be installed on Puppy Linux, the ISO file is no more than 100MB, it uses JWM and Openbox window managers by default, of course you can install any window manager you want, also, Puppy Linux developers have developed many special tools for Puppy Linux which makes it very usable.
One of the most famous Linux distributions in the world, suited for Old PCs and based on Ubuntu and officially supported by Ubuntu Community, Lubuntu uses LXDE interface by default for its GUI, beside some other tweaks for RAM and CPU usage which makes it a good choice for old PCs and notebooks as well.
LXLE is also a Linux distribution which is based on Ubuntu, but it is only based on the LTS releases, it comes with LXDE interface by default, it covers most users needs by providing a good selection of default applications beside many other tweaks which makes it a good operating system for old computers.
Do you keep your old computers? Or do you have one? What Linux distribution are you using for it? Don’t tell me that you kept it running Window 95.