Skip to comments.CrunchBang Linux - Best Linux for an old laptop?
Posted on 01/02/2010 5:33:44 PM PST by JoeProBono
CrunchBang Linux is an Ubuntu based distribution featuring the lightweight Openbox window manager and GTK+ applications. The distribution has been built and customised from a minimal Ubuntu install. The distribution has been designed to offer a good balance of speed and functionality. CrunchBang Linux is currently available as a LiveCD; however, best performance is achieved by installing CrunchBang Linux to your hard disk - CrunchBang Linux comes with the ability to play most popular media formats, including but not limited to MP3, DVD playback & Adobe Flash. CrunchBang Linux also comes with many popular applications installed by default, including but not limited to Firefox 3 web browser, VLC media player, Skype and Transmission BitTorrent Client......
CrunchBang Linux has been reported to be a A Faster Ubuntu. While CrunchBang Linux is not primarily designed for old systems, it has been reported to operate very well where system resources are limited. Once installed, should boot-up and operate much faster than a regular Ubuntu installation.....
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The Linux distros have much cooler names than Mac and Windows OSs.
Linux distro cool name *PING*!
Give Puppy a try. Basic functionality in a very small package. There are flavors that have a slightly larger footprint with more features.
Some other versions linked to here:
But after all this time they still won’t give me functionality with my Verizon air card without my having to stand on my head and wave my arms wildly around.
Puppy works well with my old laptop. Much faster than WIN ME it came with.
>>But after all this time they still wont give me functionality with my Verizon air card without my having to stand on my head and wave my arms wildly around.<<
I think that is the entertainment pac.
The fastest Linux I’ve ever used is when I “rolled my own”, i.e., start with an Ubuntu minimal installation. It takes a little longer to get running, though.
First, you have to download the minimal installer, http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/karmic/main/installer-i386/current/images/netboot/mini.iso
When you boot the live CD, type, “cli” and follow the directions. It will take a long time, and you have to have an internet connection.
On the first boot, simply type, “sudo apt-get install lxde synaptic” That will install the Lightweight X11 Desktop System, which is very light, yet very usable. Reboot, then you can add programs point-and-click style as needed using Synaptic, choosing only what you need (CUPS printing, web browser, etc.)
You get an incredibly lightweight system that has no extra bloat.
I currently have this setup running on a 333 mHz computer with only 128 megs of ram. It is not super fast, but it is very usable.
I’ve never tried CrunchBang before. Might fire it up in VirtualBox and see what it’s all about.
You beat me to it - Puppy is amazing for a small distro that will run like crazy on limited hardware.
I like Puppy too. I bought my dad an old 700 mhz laptop with 128 mb of ram. Puppy runs on it like a champ. He uses it every day, mainly for getting on the Internet and light word processing. He can even share files with his Windows XP computer through the network.
I have just under $100 in the whole deal, including the wireless card.
I keep the CD in my laptop for when I need to get on the internet in seconds, rather than minutes, from turning it on. It’s a fairly new laptop, but Vista wants several minutes to load, and then it wants to download and install updates, and then it wants to reboot, and then it will think about letting me do what I want. Puppy - 75 seconds from hitting the on button to posting on FR.
When flying, the plane could be landing before I could get online with Vista.
Agree, my favorite is XFCE. Have been using it for a number of years. Fast, stable and friendly.
Seriously, can any of you Linux guys tell me how I can make my Verizon broadband card work with any of the Linux distros without having to jump through a dozen flaming hoops? I've got an old Dell that I'm forced to use on the road (no $ to buy a replacement right now) that may as well be a boat anchor without a functional broadband card...
When I installed Ubuntu, it detected my external broadband card AND a USB wireless device I had.
Try installing Linux with the card installed.
I’ll give it a try. The first time I installed Ubuntu and it didn’t work I went onto the net looking for a package for it, but all I could find were command line work-arounds and I couldn’t get any of those to work.