Linux distro for old computers

I’ve been looking for a Linux distro that will not bring an old Toshiba Satellite equipped with a Celeron 1.1 GHz to its knees like Ubuntu (and Gnome) does for a while now. I think I have finally found it: VectorLinux 5.9 Light. I’ve only spent about 1 hour on it so far, and I’ve already noticed a big difference. It’s not Ubuntu nor Fedora for sure, but I can actually use the laptop to do some productive work. How much productive work I will be doing on it remains to be seen, however, since most of my stuffs are on my MacBook. Maybe the only reason why I installed VectorLinux on this old computer is simply because I can🙂

2 Responses to Linux distro for old computers

  1. Shah says:

    Indeed, it is very light. Are you using the SOHO? Anyway, use Fluxbox as window manager on Vector.

    “Maybe the only reason why I installed VectorLinux on this old computer is simply because I can :-)”
    🙂 You should try the experimental release. It’s even lighter than the SOHO.

    Hallowed is Slackware and its derivatives.

    BTW, their board of forums is as good as Ubuntu’s.

    Have fun with Vector🙂 (Does it not piss you off that Vector is way more responsive than the OS’s of your other machines?😛 )

  2. Patrick Ng says:

    I’m using version 5.6 Light. I’ll probably experiment with the other versions when I have more time.

    Does it not piss you off that Vector is way more responsive than the OS’s of your other machines?

    A bit, but to be honest, I have not played with Vector long enough to be able to form an honest opinion. My next step will be to install a Linksys PCMCIA wireless adapter…not an easy task according to some.

    I still think that to fully enjoy Linux, one must use it as one’s only OS for a while, which I’m not doing.

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