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Wow...it's like no one outside of Plan9 and Shrak(and the other guy) care that they're recommending someone suffer through the slowest of slow for the OP's hardware. Come on guys. You mind as well recommend windows then. You're not doing the OP a favor with such a demanding DE like Unity/Gnome/KDE.
     
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Wow...it's like no one outside of Plan9 and Shrak(and the other guy) care that they're recommending someone suffer through the slowest of slow for the OP's hardware. Come on guys. You mind as well recommend windows then. You're not doing the OP a favor with such a demanding DE like Unity/Gnome/KDE.

Ubuntu ran fine on my old Celeron...
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Wow...it's like no one outside of Plan9 and Shrak(and the other guy) care that they're recommending someone suffer through the slowest of slow for the OP's hardware. Come on guys. You mind as well recommend windows then. You're not doing the OP a favor with such a demanding DE like Unity/Gnome/KDE.


Well, if OP really wanna go super light OS then just install debian or *BSD without X windows.
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My dad loves Ubuntu, and he also has had good experiences with Debian
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Ubuntu ran fine on my old Celeron...

"Fine" is subjective. KDE runs "fine" on my netbook but compared to E17 it's basically windows in slowness and bloat. We shouldn't recommend things in a one size fits all manner which seems to be the way things have become with "ubuntu or mint" being the answer for everything it seems. Those two are not. We have a lot of other choices so why don't we let new users in on them?
     
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Mint for being user friendly or Debian if u want to go hardcore thumb.gif

Debian... Hardcore...? Those 2 words should never be in the same sentence. You want hardcore go check out LFS, bout as good as it gets without writing the whole kernel yourself.
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Just go for mint very light OS should handle that old hardware without any problems.

Mint... VERY Light...? See above, Mint is just as bloated as Ubuntu or any distro that gives you anything more than you need.
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Well, if OP really wanna go super light OS then just install debian or *BSD without X windows.

Debian, again not really "light". BSD is plenty light, Xorg barely adds 30mb at most to memory consumption. And in general if you weren't going to run X you could run Linux too which would be easier for him. But again, he's not an advanced user.
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Wow...it's like no one outside of Plan9 and Shrak(and the other guy) care that they're recommending someone suffer through the slowest of slow for the OP's hardware. Come on guys. You mind as well recommend windows then. You're not doing the OP a favor with such a demanding DE like Unity/Gnome/KDE.

We try, but in the end it really does come down to personal preference. I myself like to have everything optimized for my computer. Most others ( mainly those new to Linux ) don't care as much for it, they're too used to windows being windows and not having any choice in the matter.
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Put a copy of Arch on there. Super lightweight and doesn't install anything you didn't tell it to install. Run it without a GUI or with Xfce. The learning curve is a bit steep but the Arch Wiki is a great resource smile.gif
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I've been using Puppy to breathe new life into old laptops. That's not really what it was intended for but it works pretty well.
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Just go for mint very light OS should handle that old hardware without any problems.

Mint... VERY Light...? See above, Mint is just as bloated as Ubuntu or any distro that gives you anything more than you need.
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Well, if OP really wanna go super light OS then just install debian or *BSD without X windows.

Debian, again not really "light". BSD is plenty light, Xorg barely adds 30mb at most to memory consumption. And in general if you weren't going to run X you could run Linux too which would be easier for him. But again, he's not an advanced user.


So, what are you gonna recommend to the OP to use busybox or boot his lappy into a pxe network and just
use a nfsroot initrd and kernel?
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So, what are you gonna recommend to the OP to use busybox or boot his lappy into a pxe network and just
use a nfsroot initrd and kernel?

I already posted my suggestion, but I'm not gonna go spit out bs about different distros.

And it's not all about the distro. Ubuntu is Debian based, which means you could take Ubuntu and strip it of everything that makes it ****ty and bloated and have a debian machine. Almost. It's not worth the time but it can be done. And the lightness we're talking about has nothing to do with distro (aside from some bloating) the lightness we're concerned about is mainly from the hogs of Gnome 3 and KDE 4 Desktop Environments.
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