Linux for an old computer

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  1. Quick-zeno
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    Quick-zeno GBAtemp Regular

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    Hey guys.

    I'm looking for a user friendly distribution for an old laptop with a Pentium III processor for my dad.

    He only uses it for things like ebay and such.
    I'm used to know my was around Linux mint but, for computer this oldish i'm kind of lost.

    He's sick of windows afaik because its the window's tend to not respond alot.

    Specs

    Pentium 3 and 256 mb ram.

    Halp
     
  2. Elritha

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    Never used it myself but Xubuntu is meant to be developed for lower spec computers. According to their site it comes with basic applications such as Abiword for documents, Gnumeric for spreadsheets, Firefox for web browsing and Mozilla Thunderbird for email.

    System requirements are listed as 'CDs require 128MB RAM to run, or 192MB RAM to install. Desktop install requires at least 1.5GB of free space on your hard disk.'

    Link here if you're interested.
     
  3. piratesmack

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    My favorite distro for old computers is Puppy Linux.

    It's small enough to run completely in RAM on your dad's computer, but it's still pretty full-featured for a mini distro.
     
  4. UltraMagnus

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    it should run ubuntu, with compiz off, obviously.