Best Distro for an old machine

Nathan Gilbert nathan.gilbert at
Wed Dec 5 14:21:15 MST 2007

On Dec 5, 2007 2:15 PM, Michael L Torrie <torriem at> wrote:
> Kurt Griffiths wrote:
> > Hi folks,
> >
> > We have some old P3s we are setting up to play retro LAN games (such
> > as 'Craft) ala Wine. What would everyone recommend as a good Linux distro
> > for these older machines? I need something small and fast. Already tried
> > Ubuntu, and it was too slow. Next I am going to try VectorLinux. Since the
> > system requirements for these games are something like a Pentium 90 MHz, I
> > would expect to be able to get them running fine on a P3 1.0 GHz!
> In my humble opinion, if Ubuntu was too slow, so would VectorLinux be
> slow.  What about ubuntu was slow, exactly?  If it was the desktop
> environment and memory footprint, consider Xubuntu.  Personally, I have
> put Xubuntu on several sub-1 GHz machines and it was just fine.


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