Best Distro for an old machine

Hans Fugal hans at
Thu Dec 6 08:49:41 MST 2007

As has been stated, it's not what distro but what you run. Ubuntu starts
you off with more than you want, but you can turn it off. Or, you can
start with something minimalistic and turn on only what you want. Debian
for example. I don't think it's necessary to go with a distro aimed at
embedded environments or anything so drastic - we used to survive just
fine with normal distros (debian, redhat, etc.) on boxes of that speed.
We just didn't have the desktop environments we have now.

On Wed,  5 Dec 2007 at 14:12 -0700, 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!
> Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
> -- 
> Kurt
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