Not long ago we had the end of Windows XP support as well as a new LTS version of Ubuntu was launched, facts that will have brought more than one headache since its alternatives do not get along very well with old computers.
For this reason we wanted to collect the five most important Gnu / Linux distributions for old computers and that we can install on our computers without having any problem. We have collected 5 but there are more, possibly around 100 or even more, but these five distributions are characterized by belonging to active projects, that is, they will continue to receive updates in the future and because they are the most popular internationally, which is something especially important for reporting bugs.
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Ubuntu-based distributions for older computers
- Puppy Linux. It is one of the lightweight distributions par excellence, to such an extent that it is installed in the system's ram memory. This distribution has a version, Puppy Precise, which is based on Ubuntu 12.04 and uses JWM as a window manager. In addition to using his live mode, Puppy Linux allows us to install it on the hard drive. It is perfect for older computers with at least 256MB of ram.
- Dax OS. Dax OS It is one of the lightest Gnu / Linux distributions of Spanish origin that exist. It is based on Ubuntu 12.04 and E17 as a desktop, so in addition to having a robust system, we will have a nice interface without having the latest in PC. In addition, DaxOS uses the Apps system, so at certain times we will not need to install certain programs to have certain functionalities.
- Bodhi linux. Bodhi linux It is one of the heaviest but most interesting light distributions of the moment. Unlike other distributions such as Puppy Linux, Bodhi Linux is heavier for older computers but it is still fully valid and also uses Enlightenment as a desk. A computer between 256 Mb and 512 Mb of ram would be more than enough to make this distribution work.
Debian-based distributions for older computers
- Crunchbang. It is one of the most popular lightweight distributions of the moment and is based on Debian. It is perfect for computers with 256 mb of ram and especially for laptops. In addition to Debian, Crunchbang uses OpenBox as a window manager, the same manager that Lubuntu uses.
- Pussycat shed. She distribution which is governed by the same principles as Crunchbang but its origins are Spanish. In addition, Galpon Minino uses other tools that are included in LXDE while CrunchBang does not use them. 256 mb of ram is more than enough for this distribution.
In this classification I have divided the distributions according to their base, that is, if they come from Ubuntu or Debian. As I mentioned at the beginning, I have put the most popular and active, but they are not all, without going any further the official Canonical light distributions I have not included them, their omission is clear, they are well known and my purpose was to make known not officers. What do you think of them? What distributions would you include?