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

 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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BurfBest Answer (author)2010-05-09

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.

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DemonicRoss (author)Burf2010-05-11

 Downloaded successfully and working great thanks :)

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DemonicRoss (author)Burf2010-05-10

 Does it have an app that could be used for cataloguing my Circuiting components? 

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Burf (author)DemonicRoss2010-05-11

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.

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DemonicRoss (author)Burf2010-05-11

 Thanks i'll check around.

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gmxx (author)frollard2010-05-10

 Xubuntu
Damn Small Linux
Puppy
Ubuntu Netbook remix

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sigg3.net (author)2010-07-01

Also, if you don't need Linux, try MenuetOS. It's a small OS written completely in Assembly language:)

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sigg3.net (author)2010-07-01

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..)

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lx_white (author)2010-05-23

 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

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lx_white (author)2010-05-23

 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

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brookspaul1065 (author)2010-05-16

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

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