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I have a centrino 1.7 GHz with 512 RAM. It is an old computer.

I tried to google for something that could ease my chose for a good linux distro that would run smooth on that computer and still being pretty and easy to work.

I thought on Lubuntu, but I found so many others (gOS, EeeXubuntu, Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Puppy...).

Not to mention the biggest mainstream distros that could, or couldn't, run smooth in it...

Is there a place where I can have this kind of advise based on hardware and personal preferences?

What would you suggest to my case?

Thank you!

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closed as not constructive by Scott, Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, slhck May 12 '13 at 9:12

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We don't consider asking for recommendations on topic, sorry. See the list of answers which all recommend a specific distribution rather than the process of finding ong – this is not encouraged. There have been similar questions on this site already. The best would probably be to try for yourself. – slhck May 12 '13 at 9:14
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For your old computer (or any old computer), you should try Damn Small Linux. It is altogether 50 MB (which is crazy small) and requires only 16 MB of RAM.

I do not know of any smaller distro that gives you all of the features that this one does.

Hope this helps (if it does, please confirm my answer).

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Puppy is another good choice, its weird that the user states it would not run smoothly. – AthomSfere May 11 '13 at 23:48
@AthomSfere - OP did not say that Puppy did not run smoothly '...distros that could, or couldn't, run smooth in it...'. OP asking for help to narrow the big list down to those that will run smoothly with limited resources. I'm sure they'll appreciate your recommendation of Puppy. – Kevin Fegan May 12 '13 at 0:32
@KevinFegan Never mind then, I mis-read. DSL and Puppy should both make great chocies then – AthomSfere May 12 '13 at 0:37

I think Ubuntu with Xfce will fit.

You can download it from:

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you do not need to sign your post (In fact its done automatically). – AthomSfere May 11 '13 at 23:48

If you are feeling froggy and brave, installing a base Arch Linux system with basic networking and a minimalist window manager has worked great for my low spec systems.

This doesn't fall under the "easy" category you are looking for but you will learn a lot as an added bonus and your low specs will thank you once all is configured.

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