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I have really old computer with Cyrix 6x86PR200 processor and really low RAM. And I want to place some kind of linux on it. What good and preferably not really old distro can you suggest? The low RAM makes this choice so hard, I don't even know what to do.

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DamnSmallLinux appears to be one of the few linux dirtibutions designed to work in that limited a system, though it appears the last version was released in 2008, according to Wikipedia

If you want to see for yourself about the memory requirements of particular distributions then you should have a look at the Wikipedia Linux Comparisons Live Media section as you can sort it by memory requirements.

Looking through there are only a few options:

As to how usable they are you're going to have to try them and find out for yourself whetehr any of them suit your needs. Having the kind of limitations your system has I doubt any of them are particularly feature rich or up to date.

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It appears, that I have only 16MiB RAM, so thee system is more limited, than I thought. I will try SliTaz, thanks for suggestion :) –  Shark Dec 2 '11 at 22:08
    
So, SliTaz was buggy, but Puppy worked great. –  Shark Dec 7 '11 at 13:12

If you manually install Linux package-by-package then you can configure it to run on extremely lack of memory systems

You can do it like this: Ubuntu/Debian-Sarge Mini-RAM HOWTO. There's also an instruction on Ubuntu webpage too

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