Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Dec 2008 23:31 UTC, submitted by linuxlinks
Window Managers "Mainstream Linux distributions typically default to one of two desktop environments, KDE or GNOME. Both of these environments provide users with an intuitive and attractive desktop, as well as offering a large raft of multimedia software, games, administration programs, network tools, educational applications, utilities, artwork, web development tools and more. However, these two desktops focus more on providing users with a modern computing environment with all the bells and whistles featured in Windows Vista, rather than minimising the amount of system resources they need. For users and developers who want to run an attractive Linux desktop on older hardware, netbooks, or mobile internet devices, neither KDE or GNOME may be a viable option, as they run too slowly on low spec machines (such as less than 256MB RAM and a 1 GHz processor). This article seeks to identify the best lean desktops for Linux, for users that have old or even ancient hardware."
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RE: how ancient
by Vanger on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 09:23 UTC in reply to "how ancient"
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I've ran Slack 11 on 2.4 kernel on P60/16.
Ran fine in console, though fluxbox was quite sluggish, as Windows 98.
For such old machines the best choice is W95, indeed, cause it's very complicated to find packages for contemporary distros' versions.
But if the machine is 10 years old (starting from P2), then Linux for modern machines should run fine on them too.

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