What is a good version of linux for my old computer?

I have this really old HP Pavilion (7360). It has 72 or 75 mb of ram, 266mhz MMX processor, and a 5gig hard drive. I was thinking of a version of Ubuntu for it, but would it run too slow? I already tried DSL linux, with its 1x(something around that speed) CD drive the live CD didn’t run well. If there are other versions that would work good please tell me. P.S. I used to have 98 on it, but I was fooling around with DSL linux and deleted the windows partition.
Well I tried Xubuntu 6.06.1 and Slitaz and neither worked! Slitaz just stayed at a screen, and Xubuntu found errors and didn’t do any thing els.

5 Responses to What is a good version of linux for my old computer?

  1. use ubuntu

    but not the one with gnome

    install xubuntu

    its the same thing but xubuntu uses a window manager called xfce intstead of gnome or kde

    xfce is a desktop environnement for slow and old pc cuz it doesnt use alot of RAM, hd space and processor

    alot of my friends use xubuntu on their old pcs

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  2. I doubt you’ll be able to install any of the Ubuntus on it (I couldn’t on mine, and it’s faster and with more RAM).

    It really depend on what you’re going to use it for, but I think I would recomend an older version of Linux-distros like Mandriva/SuSE/Debian. The drawback is less fancy installation dialouge, an the possiblilty of security holes that’s later been plugged. Also, the support (e.g. ability to update) may be lacking for the older versions, which make the security concern even worse.

    Some of the holes can be plugged by downloading installing a newer kernel; but that may require newer clib and gcc, which in turn may break something else. I would also recomend a firewall, but it too may require newer libs than you have. In short, I’m afraid it’s little you can install, and much you must build and rebuild yourself to be somewhat secure.

    You could also try some of the less demanding distros (but often less intutive to install and a bit harder to maintain); like Slackware. Then there are some very small distros like Peanut-Linux.

    Frankly speaking, you have bit to less RAM, HD-space and processor to use the newer Linux — even without hogs like Qt and GNOME (though I did run X with KDE on a 486).

    Of course, if it’s just as an internal server of some sort — behind a firewall — then any distro will really do, without having to be refitted for security.

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  3. Minimum for Xubuntu is 192 MB RAM.

    You can try Puppy, feather and yeah, Slitaz. Slitaz is the lightest distro with a GUI I’m aware of.
    http://www.slitaz.org/en/

    Though I don’t think the system would be usable for anything other than web browsing and silly solitaire games.

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  4. PirateSmack

    you should be able to install the latest xubuntu (with the alternate install cd)

    or arch linux:
    http://www.archlinux.org/

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  5. Puppy has been my fav on anything less than350Mhz-
    a lil cartoony, but hey! It works. I usually do a disk install rather than the live Cd

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