1. kurtgn's Avatar
    What's the lightest linux version to run on an old Laptop? As for use cases, I won't need much more than an email agent and a Python console. I'm thinking Elementary OS. Am I thinking in the right direction?
    11-15-2015 11:49 AM
  2. Dngrsone's Avatar
    I am not familiar with that one, but another lightweight OS is Puppy.
    11-15-2015 11:50 AM
  3. Crackle Zap's Avatar
    If you are technically inclined, you can build your own lightweight Linux. For more info, do a Google search for "linux from scratch".
    12-21-2015 07:05 PM
  4. TwiggyRamirez's Avatar
    Try Damn Small Linux, it requires just 16mb of ram
    12-07-2016 04:02 AM
  5. Dngrsone's Avatar
    Damn Small is a great Linux, but it hasn't been updated on in quite a while, which is why I recommend Puppy.
    12-07-2016 03:18 PM
  6. jusiamchez112's Avatar
    Try Small Linux, it requires just 16mb of ram,It was a best laptop....
    01-07-2017 10:39 PM
  7. BayK's Avatar
    Install Ubuntu with minimum features. It is user friendly and most likely will run on your laptop.
    05-17-2017 11:09 PM
  8. smvim's Avatar
    So just what are the specs for this old laptop?
    Depending its capabilities, instead of focusing on 'lightweight' I'm going to suggest you instead opt for a distro that's more 'functional'. A solid, tried-and-true distro like Debian running a window manager like Fluxbox will give you a stable OS with a much more complete feature set while requiring a lot of system resources. If you're only looking to run a basic email client and a Python console, a fully functional networking/protocol stack running in the background is going to be a benefit. If you'll be in a situation where you need your laptop to also be doing anything like running a Samba or NFS server, you'll find it easier than using on of those smaller, lightweight distros.
    05-18-2017 09:57 AM
  9. anon(10267111)'s Avatar
    I like Mint. Not a lot to it, and easy to set up.
    06-26-2017 11:13 PM
  10. Arthur Doyle1's Avatar
    damn samll form linux is good
    03-20-2018 09:35 AM
  11. Dngrsone's Avatar
    damn samll form linux is good
    Damn Small hasn't been updated in forever, though. That's why I recommended Puppy
    03-20-2018 03:02 PM

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