6 Cool Linux Distributions to Review on Your Old PCs and Laptops

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.

1. SliTaz

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.

Slitaz Linux
Slitaz Linux

Visit: http://www.slitaz.org/

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.

Tinycore Linux
Tinycore Linux

Visit: http://www.tinycorelinux.net/

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”.

CrunchBang Linux
CrunchBang Linux

Visit: http://crunchbang.org/

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.

Puppy Linux
Puppy Linux

Visit: http://www.puppylinux.com

5. Lubuntu

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.

Lubuntu Linux
Lubuntu Linux

Visit: http://lubuntu.net/

6. LXLE

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.

LXLE Linux
LXLE Linux

Visit: http://lxle.net/

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.

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19 thoughts on “6 Cool Linux Distributions to Review on Your Old PCs and Laptops”

  1. I run WattOS on a 300MHz PIII with 256Mb RAM. I have set it up for autologin. Takes about 90s from switch on to being ready. This is the same boot time as W95. WXP takes about 75s and chugs for another 30 before it becomes usable. I’m still on version 6 (I think it is currently on version 9). It is quite useless for internet browsing: midori just crashes, firefox grabs all available memory. For my purposes, which is just running experiments on small programs in gcc/g++/gfortran/fltk just using vim or geany, it is adequate. Most of the time it acts as the server while I’m developing the client on another machine.

    I had to fiddle with the xrandr settings to get it to work on a 800×600 screen – it was defaulting to 1024×768 so a lot of the useful stuff was off the screen.

    I’ve also managed to run Slitaz and AntiX on the same machine but I just liked WattOS for its simplicity.

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  2. WE have 60 Lenovo IBM pc with UBUNTU 12.04 LST
    Memory 993.01 MIB
    Processor Intel Pentium D Cpu 3.00 GHZ x 2
    os Type 32 Bit
    Disk 78 GB

    Now the problem is that machine with same configuration in different Lab works fine and in one lab machine with above configuration work fine but when students are doing programming the machine sometimes got hang. as problem occur randomly we track the record and we think that we must get some expert advice from some expert.

    Now our problem is that our machines are hanging.

    So can you please suggest the solution we are college with 120 pc
    60 windows xp
    60 UBUNTU

    the problem is with UBUNTU lab.

    is there any solution

    the students are doing programming in c
    HTML and some OS subject like shell script.

    SO can you suggest us which version is best for OLD machines ? or slow machines ? or our machines are ok there is problem with the version of UBUNTU os version . we during googling found that some specific versions are best for OLD machines .

    sometimes students surf the net
    that all our requirement .

    can you suggest any solution for this problems.
    we cant spend more money for INFRASTRUCTURE or any hardware purchase .

    we require some creative or innovative solution with what ever resource in our hand

    Thanks and reagrds
    MIT

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    • Only one suggestion, go with Linux Mint or Fedora, as these distros are very stable, whereas Ubuntu is a bug factory….

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  3. With many folks facing tight economic times this topic is VERY important.
    If I am to follow the advice of the proprietary closed source OS sellers
    I’m to trash anything that doesn’t run “Aero”….and a ton of bloat-ware.
    Why should I toss my almost new Thinkpad R60 just because it has
    a Celeron M and 2 gigs of ram? Have had good luck with both Antix
    and also Crunchbang but recommend the newest releases of
    AntiX.

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    • Dear Charles, you are living in the past. The new generation have been to school, where they learned to be PC, not about mental arithmetic, spelling, or the correct use of apostrophes. sigh, and they are running the world.

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  4. I have been using LXLE for some time on two computers. One old and one new, but only 1 GB of RAM. Ubuntu is on my newer Win 7 computer with full resources. The way things look, all my computers will be switched to LXLE. I have not had a single problem with it, which I can’t say for Ubuntu.

    LXLE is fast on the most obsolete computers as well as the Win 7, 4 & 6 core. Sorry to say, but I have no excuse for buying a new computer! Possibly one of the reasons being I do most of my work on the Google Cloud.

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  5. …very positive experience with Antix 13.1(2) “Luddite” (Debian GNU Whizzy 7 stable), with only 55-70 MB c0re in RAM…check comparison table at the end of a 1.st link… \o/ :) <(") …distro aimed for min. Pentium2, 64-256 MB RAM…

    http://mylinuxexplore.blogspot.com/2013/07/antix-131-luddite-review-superb.html
    http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/2013/12/give-that-old-computer-boost-with-antix.html
    http://www.linuxzasve.com/antix-13-1-luddite-ne-unistavajmo-stari-hardver

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