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Seems PL and DSL are the only distros left for older boxes
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Fossil

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PostPosted: Sat 26 Apr 2014, 14:06    Post subject:  

Just tried KolibriOS - Amazing for it's size!
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Colonel Panic


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PostPosted: Wed 30 Apr 2014, 16:31    Post subject:  

I've just come across this page, which has an extensive listing of the options for someone who needs to have something to run on an old machine. It's well worth a look if you don't mind older distros;

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=575456

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jacatone

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PostPosted: Mon 05 May 2014, 23:59    Post subject:  

Wanted to try this LXLE, but it can only be downloaded through bittorent. I use my local library for their free broadband and they don't allow bittorent. Anyone know of a standalone iso download somewhere?
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darry1966

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PostPosted: Tue 06 May 2014, 04:45    Post subject:  

How about Wattos - has anyone tried it?
http://www.planetwatt.com/
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Colonel Panic


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PostPosted: Tue 06 May 2014, 05:52    Post subject:  

darry1966 wrote:
How about Wattos - has anyone tried it?
http://www.planetwatt.com/


I haven't tried the latest one, but I did try the last release (7.0) and it was OK except that I had trouble downloading additional software.

It's a good choice for a lightweight Ubuntu based distro, and quite nice-looking, but if you want to extend it I think you need to know how mirrors work (which I don't).

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PostPosted: Tue 06 May 2014, 07:58    Post subject:  

You can edit apt sources list using an apt sources list generator site there is one for Debian and one for Ubuntu from which Wattos is based - example below, I would imagine it works with Wattos

http://repogen.simplylinux.ch/
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PostPosted: Tue 06 May 2014, 08:02    Post subject:  

By the way I forgot to mention slackware based Absolute Linux which is pretty solid, I have used it along with Vector Linux.

http://www.absolutelinux.org/
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Colonel Panic


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PostPosted: Tue 06 May 2014, 10:07    Post subject:  

darry1966 wrote:
You can edit apt sources list using an apt sources list generator site there is one for Debian and one for Ubuntu from which Wattos is based - example below, I would imagine it works with Wattos

http://repogen.simplylinux.ch/


Thanks, I'll make a note of that one.

Cheers,

CP .

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PostPosted: Tue 13 May 2014, 22:04    Post subject:  

By the way Colonel Panic WattOS has changed bases to debian
according to distrowatch:
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"Ron Ropp has announced the release of wattOS R8, a set of minimalist Debian-based distributions with a choice of LXDE, MATE or Openbox desktop user interfaces: "The wattOS team is pleased to announce the release of the new version of wattOS - release 8 - (also known as RCool. After 5 years of being an Ubuntu-based distro, we have made the change to Debian. Specifically Debian 'Wheezy' as the base, with some backports thrown in (for example a newer kernel), and in a couple of small places a little 'Jessie' where warranted. But for the most part, its Debian 'Wheezy' as a base to build from. The additional tweaks include the addition of the expected things to make it easy to use as a live CD or install CD. So a reasonably complete desktop for all editions that includes things like support for multiple wireless chipsets, Flash inclusion, printing support...."
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PostPosted: Wed 04 Feb 2015, 17:09    Post subject:  

darry1966 wrote:
By the way Colonel Panic WattOS has changed bases to debian
according to distrowatch:
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"Ron Ropp has announced the release of wattOS R8, a set of minimalist Debian-based distributions with a choice of LXDE, MATE or Openbox desktop user interfaces: "The wattOS team is pleased to announce the release of the new version of wattOS - release 8 - (also known as RCool. After 5 years of being an Ubuntu-based distro, we have made the change to Debian. Specifically Debian 'Wheezy' as the base, with some backports thrown in (for example a newer kernel), and in a couple of small places a little 'Jessie' where warranted. But for the most part, its Debian 'Wheezy' as a base to build from. The additional tweaks include the addition of the expected things to make it easy to use as a live CD or install CD. So a reasonably complete desktop for all editions that includes things like support for multiple wireless chipsets, Flash inclusion, printing support...."


Thanks for the info Darry. It makes sense for the Watt devs to do this because Debian runs on older machines than Ubuntu, but it puts the distro in direct competition with AntiX.

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PostPosted: Wed 04 Feb 2015, 18:33    Post subject:  

Shoot. If I was a better gnu/linux computer user

http://s13.postimg.org/5llpbnix3/slitaz1.jpg

http://antix.freeforums.org/well-i-tried-slitaz-t5236.html

While I ran it. It ran good. I just needed to give it a chance. Which I did not.

http://www.slitaz.org/en/

Their wireless support has gotten much better I must say.

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Billtoo


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PostPosted: Thu 05 Feb 2015, 03:26    Post subject: Seems PL and DSL are the only distros left for older boxes
Subject description: PCLinuxOS lxde 32bit
 

Here's PCLinuxOS lxde 32 bit running on a nearly 11 year old compaq
Presario S6700NX desktop.

Computer
Processor 2x Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Memory 1552MB (260MB used)
Operating System PCLinuxOS
User Name bill (Bill)
Date/Time Thu 05 Feb 2015 02:16:14 AM EST
Display
Resolution 1920x1080 pixels
OpenGL Renderer Mesa DRI R200 (RV280 5960) x86/MMX/SSE2 DRI2
X11 Vendor The X.Org Foundation
Multimedia
Audio Adapter CMI8738-MC6 - C-Media CMI8738

Operating System
Version
Kernel Linux 3.15.9-pclos1 (i686)
Compiled #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Aug 11 00:53:16 CDT 2014
C Library GNU C Library version 2.20 (stable)
Default C Compiler GNU C Compiler version 4.9.2 (GCC)
Distribution PCLinuxOS


OpenGL
Vendor Mesa Project
Renderer Mesa DRI R200 (RV280 5960) x86/MMX/SSE2 DRI2
Version 1.3 Mesa 10.4.3
Direct Rendering Yes

It's a rolling release so you are prompted when security or software
updates are available.

It's working pretty well on this older pc.

EDIT:
I put a better graphics card in the computer, also removed the old
sound card and installed a Sound Blaster.
Added a second smaller monitor,using arandr to setup the monitors.

Did a fresh install of pclinuxos-mate-12.14 32 bit.

Computer
Processor 2x Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Memory 1552MB (241MB used)
Operating System PCLinuxOS
User Name bill (Bill)
Date/Time Thu 05 Feb 2015 08:47:55 PM EST
Display
Resolution 3360x1080 pixels
OpenGL Renderer Gallium 0.4 on ATI RV530
X11 Vendor The X.Org Foundation
Multimedia
Audio Adapter CA0106 - CA0106

Monitors
Monitor 0 1440x900 pixels
Monitor 1 1920x1080 pixels

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RV530 [Radeon X1600 PRO] AGP
Creative Labs CA0106 Soundblaster

Kodi Media Center works now, it didn't work with the old ati 9600
graphics card, the new card has 512mb ram.
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PostPosted: Thu 05 Feb 2015, 16:17    Post subject:  

Does PCLinuxOS have a browser option... I'd rather use FF than GC.
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Billtoo


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PostPosted: Thu 05 Feb 2015, 17:10    Post subject:  

8Geee wrote:
Does PCLinuxOS have a browser option... I'd rather use FF than GC.



Yes, the latest version of Firefox,Palemoon,QupZilla,Dillo,etc. are
available in the repository.
I like QupZilla-1.8.6 on this p4.
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torios


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PostPosted: Tue 10 Feb 2015, 21:16    Post subject:  

Hi everyone, I just came across this post.

There is an upcoming distro:
torios.net

That is dedicated to this very issue.
It uses JWM as the desktop, and comes very slim.
The installer it uses is OBI (one button installer).
This works well on very low memory (The smallest I have tested is 128MB).
I have the Alpha version running on 3 machines. It is Ubuntu 12.04 based, so there is a very wide selection of software... however it uses a more recent JWM.

I have been working on the ToriOS project so, I am definitely trying to promote this to people who are interested in this. We could always use more testers, and developers. So simply using it and reporting bugs would be very helpful.

There will be a Beta version ISO coming out soon, so feel free to contact us.

I have always liked Puppy, and wanted a similar experience with an Ubuntu base for full installs (multi-user, fully compatible with Debian packages).
You can even e-mail us @
torios AT lists DOT launchpad DOT net
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