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What is the lightest-weight Linux distribution?

I just thought I would see what people thought. I can put XP SP3 on it, and it will run ok - but if there's a linux distro that would run better then I'm all for it. I tried Xubuntu but XP actually runs better, so it would need to be something lighter weight than that!

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See superuser.com/questions/38919/… –  John T Mar 7 '10 at 19:44

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Any one of these 10 of lightweight Linux distributions should do.

My suggestion is that you try a couple with Live CD's before you choose to install one on the computer.

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Thanks! I'm going to try Puppy Linux - looks like there are more than a few people who like it. –  Eric Mar 7 '10 at 20:01

Windows 2000 :-) but seriously... Check out Damn Small Linux, it'll run like a monster on that machine.

If you still have Xubuntu installed, first try installing and switching to LXDE. It is very lightweight and quite easy to use.

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Puppy Linux

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