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Need lightweight Linux distribution for making live CD

by morph / February 8, 2013 10:56 AM PST

I and several of my friends have several older Windows 98 PC's that we want to use for Internet surfing (reading news, weather, etc. - nothing more complicated). Most of these machines have 256 MB RAM. Please recommend the most suitable lightweight Linux distribution to either install in these machines or to create live CD or live USB flashdrive. Many thanks.

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Slacko Puppy Linux
by itsdigger / February 8, 2013 11:12 AM PST
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Can anyone give....
by mdmosta319 / June 1, 2013 3:29 PM PDT

I am new to linux and used Windows 7 before. But i want to use now linux. But i have no cd or dvd. give me torrent link for download Linux OS. Please help me to use Linux. Thanks a lot . <span id="INSERTION_MARKER">

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why a torrent
by itsdigger / June 1, 2013 5:58 PM PDT
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256 MB
by James Denison / June 3, 2013 2:21 AM PDT

Lubuntu is your best graphical bet for that RAM range. Knoppix 6-7 versions probably most efficient with still a good graphical experience. There are "puppy" versions of linux out there and damn small linux, but after win98se you would probably be disappointed in them. In general look for distros using XFCE or LXDE desktop environments, but even though it's designed for light weight systems, some distros using them are a bit more demanding on RAM than one would expect. You do know that win98se will run a full gig of RAM if installed?

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