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What kind of Linux would work on this old hp I found?

 I managed to obtain a working Hp pavilion xt856 with Windows ME. I was hoping to use it as a database to sort my electronic components and to hold files for my electronic projects in my lab.  I've never tried linux but heard it's a good OS for an old computer and i'm willing to try my luck with something new. 

After looking around i found some specifications on the computer here.h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document

I also found out that the computer's RAM has been upgraded to 383MB from the 128 standard.

Any Help would be appreciated :) 


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Burf6 years ago
Xubuntu will make it purr.  It is a light version of Ubuntu, but uses the same kernel and you'll have access to the same software packages as does Ubuntu.
DemonicRoss (author)  Burf6 years ago
 Downloaded successfully and working great thanks :)
DemonicRoss (author)  Burf6 years ago
 Does it have an app that could be used for cataloguing my Circuiting components? 
There are literally thousands of software packages available through the Synaptic Package manager and the Software sources.  Honestly, I couldn't specifically answer your question because I don't have a clue as to what kind of application you need, but I'd be willing to bet you can find something that will do what you need.

DemonicRoss (author)  Burf6 years ago
 Thanks i'll check around.
frollard Burf6 years ago
Seconded!
gmxx frollard6 years ago
 Xubuntu
Damn Small Linux
Puppy
Ubuntu Netbook remix
sigg3.net6 years ago
Also, if you don't need Linux, try MenuetOS. It's a small OS written completely in Assembly language:)
sigg3.net6 years ago
I've "re-furbished" quite old machines using especially lightweight OS's. The smallest and quickest ones are Damn Small Linux (DSL), Puppy Linux, and for a fully featured OS the slackware-based Zenwalk GNU/Linux. I've had 15 year old laptops boot in ~20 secs with DSL! (Unfortunately it didn't have a network card so it was pretty pointless..)
lx_white6 years ago
 I am using that exact same computer, just has 1 gb of ram. Right now, I am running ubuntu 10.04 alongside windows xp media center edition. everything runs fine, but for your ram size, i would use xubuntu or damn small linux. they are both a lighter os and it should run pretty fast
lx_white6 years ago
 I am using that exact same computer, just has 1 gb of ram. Right now, I am running ubuntu 10.04 alongside windows xp media center edition. everything runs fine, but for your ram size, i would use xubuntu or damn small linux. they are both a lighter os and it should run pretty fast
I'ld use an older version of Puppy as the new version did not run on my Dell Inspiron 500m.  I believe 4.1 will work