Linux for old computers
This page is a review of what you can install on old hardware.
Useful tip: now that you are here, do not go anywhere else other than links on this page! I have tried to find ALL distributions out there for old hardware. So you probably will not find any more. And it really is easy to get confused with too much information.
So what did I try to install?
|Name:||Runs Live?||Installed? Installation issues?||Runs after installation?|
|AntiX||Froze, interlaced display||Live: weird interlaced display, froze. Could not start install. (Try to reinstall)|
|Arch Linux||It said it was live, but only asks for installation||Yes, to command prompt.||Have to follow lengthy GUI installation instructions in http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners_Guide|
|Puppy||Yes||Yes. But sometimes no indication that install was in progress.||Yes|
|Slax||Sat for 30 minutes constantly accessing the CD|
|Vector Light||Yes||Black screen. Video card incompatibility.|
|Zen Walk||Yes. But installation graphics screen should be made smaller (did not fit on my laptop, bottom was cut off)||Black screen. Video card incompatibility.|
1) Try several of the entries in the table.
2) Your installation is not over until you can connect to the internet. Wireless on a laptop might require some research elsewhere.
3) If things are not working at all, and documentation does not help, verify that the file was downloaded properly and it was burned to the CD without errors. If several distros fail on your hardware you might also have to change some installation settings.
Links to other useful articles about installing Linux on old hardware:
Lenny lights up an old laptop
Things that were not included:
- Stx Linux: could not find website
- Elive: donationware, not tested
- Fluxbuntu: not active
- Pocket Linux: single floppy!
- Tiny Linux: for floppies!
- Feather Linux is a live distro only. It did run live, but it cannot be installed. It is also dead.
- TinyMe Linux: could not find download
- Arklinux probably not for old hardware
- BeatrIX dead
- Syllable not Linux based, but people can try
- It appears that many distros running on Enlightenment may be for old hardware (like OpenGEU, Elive, OzOS, etc)
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