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Dell Dimension XPS R350

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I have had this Dell Dimension sitting in my house for around a decade now without any use whatsoever. I was wanting to "breathe some life" back into the machine and get it set up for my father to be able to check his email and a website here or there.

The first think I needed to do was get it connected to the internet (the last time it was used, we were using dial-up). The XPS was running Windows 98 (FE) and each time I plugged in a flash drive I had the most impossible time installing drivers so I decided to try XP (I have a friend who had a copy laying around, legally).

Well either way I am in the process of upgrading to SP3, and the computer is feeling quite slow (almost more so than it did in 98.

So now I was thinking about running a very light linux distro on it.

The current specs on the machine are as follows:

350MHz Intel Pentium II
and 128MB of RAM

I do not really want to throw any money at it to upgrade it so I was hoping I could just get the smallest, quickest OS out there.

I've heard some good things from DSL, SliTax, and Puppy Linux.

Any suggestions on which OS is the best for this computer?

Thanks in advance!
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To be honest distros you listed are not going to be the "easiest" to make into full blown OSes but you could possibly add Bodhi and Lubuntu or any LXDE, DWM, and E17 distro to that list and get away with a "true" install.
     
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To be honest distros you listed are not going to be the "easiest" to make into full blown OSes but you could possibly add Bodhi and Lubuntu or any LXDE, DWM, and E17 distro to that list and get away with a "true" install.

But I could just run Bodhi and keep it at that, right? The specs match up and it seems to have what I need (I can install what it doesn't have)

Right?
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Well...Bodhi is really fast on my netbook but it's a full 1.3GHz faster and has 1GB of RAM. I'm really not sure if using an OS more modern than the one that came with that computer will work out much better. You can give Bodhi a try but I'm not sure on how well things will work on that hardware.

To give you an idea...my lowest RAM usage in Bodhi is about 50-90MBs and that's when it just starts. With LXDE I'm around 70-100MB. DWM or similar might be what you have to use considering the RAM limitations on that machine. I'm not saying don't give it a try but you'll need to be prepared for it not to work out much faster (especially if you try grabbing recent software).

If those don't work you might want to try finding older versions of distros that were released closer to the time the computer came out.
     
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AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
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OSMonitorPowerCase
Bodhi Linux x64 Acer G215H (1920x1080) Seasonic 520 HAF912 
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N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
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160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
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