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Lightweight GUI Linux distribution for really old computer

I need to install a copy of Linux on my P 550 Mhz Pentium III machine with 256 MB SD Ram. Which distro should I go for ??

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What is the purpose of this machine? Should a desktop environment be installed on it or will this machine be used as a small server? –  uloBasEI Oct 4 '11 at 5:48
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Depending on your needs, Puppy Linux may suit you well. It's very lightweight and fast.

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Or an LXDE based distribution. –  Shiki Oct 4 '11 at 8:16
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If you need linux then any one of the above are good choices. If what you want is linixy/unixy then NetBSD or OpenBSD would be worth looking at. That said, they are not linux so it's up to you. I mention this only because I run NetBSD on a similiar sized system as a web proxy, router, and general home server and the speed is fine.

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Install Arch linux and install lightweight apps.

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For my router/server (P2, same amount of RAM) I have used Debian for years. I think you would be better off without a window manager.

For desktop use, any distribution works. Using a lightweight window manager here would be more pleasing, performance wise.

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