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Best Linux distro for ancient laptop

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi, I have a Sony Vaio PCG-TR3A laptop from 2004. It has 1GB of RAM, and a 1GHz Pentium M which doesn't support PAE (It actually does, but it's not set in the CPU flags, so for all purposes, it doesn't). Looking for a lightweight distro that will run on non POE 1core CPU that I could possibly still get some work done. Thanks

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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 minutes ago, JackEnright said:

I believe CentOS 6 is the only distro with a stable enough 32 bit implementation. I have had lots of issues with other popular distros.

Is it user friendly?

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Posted · Original PosterOP
16 minutes ago, fasauceome said:

It resembles windows a bit, depends on your definition of user friendly. 

Thanks, I'll check it out.

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44 minutes ago, k_benlevi said:

Is it user friendly?

CentOS is a server distribution, I wouldn't recommend it to resuscitate an old laptop. Debian should support it, and Linux Mint (Debian edition) should support it too while being a lot more "user friendly".


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I second Linus Mint. Maybe go for an older version, like 17.3. Whichever version you go for, go for the XFCE version. It's the most lightweight of all of them.

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Fedora with LXDE or XFCE would probably work for you, if not then CrunchBang++ will definitely work but it's a very minimalist OS (and it's my Linux OS of choice).


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Puppy linux is specifically made to run on low end systems. Same with "Tiny Core"

 

Download a live CD/USB of both and see which one you like better. 

 

I recommend the program "Yumi" for creating the bootable usbs. (It's super simple, it LITERALLY gives you the download link for the distribution you select. And you can put multiple builds on the same USB)

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