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    Actually, netbooks are not that low spec when compared to "old" equipment.

    Ubuntu Desktop (GUI) Installation


    • 1 GHz x86 processor
    • 512 MiB of system memory (RAM)
    • 5 GB of disk space (for OS files; consideration should be given to the (often very large) size of user files that will occupy the /home directory)
    • Graphics card and monitor capable of 1024x768
    • Cd/Dvd-drive
    • Sound support, if you need sound.
    • Internet access is helpful

    And for the netbook version:

    Ubuntu Netbook Edition

    If you have a netbook and a supported graphics card, using Ubuntu Netbook Edition (formerly "Ubuntu Netbook Remix") is an interesting option. It has a nice interface adapted for smaller screens, and a selection of applications aimed at netbook users.
    Ubuntu Netbook Remix is designed to run well on netbooks with typically minimal specs, i.e.:

    • Intel Atom processor @ 1.6 GHz
    • 512 MiB of system memory (RAM)
    • 4 GB of disk space
    • Screen of 1024x600 resolution
    • Graphics chipset with support for visual effects


    XUBUNTU might work?

    If your system has less than 192 MB of system memory, use the Alternate Installation CD.
    Note: If you have a low-specification computer, certain features may be automatically turned off to conserve system resources. For example, if you have a graphics card with only a small amount of video memory (VRAM), the boot-up screen may not be shown.
    Follow this link for detailed instructions: Installation/LowMemorySystems.
    Minimum system requirements for Xubuntu would fall roughly between Ubuntu Server and Desktop:

    • 256 MiB of system memory (RAM)
    • 2 GB of disk space
    • Graphics card and monitor capable of 800x600 resolution

    Regarding processors, a recent thread on the Ubuntu Forums describes a 500 MHz Xubuntu machine as being "too slow" and discusses alternatives: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1267443


    The website is here:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...20Requirements
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    Personally, Slackware, BSD, and "LinuxConsole" are good options for it. LinuxConsole I used recently and liked it, and it's good on older machines. There's also "Vector Linux" as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gore View Post
    I have that 433MHz Celeron with 192 MBs RAM and an 8 MB video card still running FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE. No lag issues or downtime. I ran Slackware on it too. Works good
    I'm assuming you mean run level 3 when talking about slackware? (I'm not sure about FreeBSD, probably should learn up more on BSD)

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    Actually I've had not only Enlightenment E-17 running on it fine, but I CAN use KDE if I'm willing to let it lag. I don't generally do that though. I usually use Enlightenment, or Window Maker on it.
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