6 Lightweight Linux Distros That Are Great For Older PCs

If you have older PCs that are no longer compatible with Windows, then they can still be made useful by installing various Linux distros. These can run well on older hardware and can even be sufficient for very basic tasks like web browsing, emails, and so on. Let’s take a look at six such distros based on the popular and widely used base distros Debian and Ubuntu. These lightweight distros can...

antiX: A Lightweight Debian Based Distro For Desktops

antiX is a Debian based distro geared for older PCs that is easy to use and install. It needs a modest disk space of about 4 GB to install and a minimum of 256 MB RAM which makes it a good choice for really old or low-end PCs. Download the ISO from here. This example uses antiX-19 (Marielle Franco). Installation: To install it, boot into the live environment. antiX has its environment – antiX...

Emmabuntüs : A Debian Based Distro For Older And Refurbished PCs

Emmabuntüs is a lightweight Debian based distro which is ideal for older PCs. It is designed for reusing older PCs and thereby reducing e-waste. (A list of minimum system requirements can be found here). It is also widely used by various humanitarian organizations worldwide mainly the Emmaus communities – a French charity movement from which the distro name is derived. Download the ISO directly...

Q4OS : A Lightweight And Easy To Use Debian Based Linux Distro

If you have a PC running Windows XP/7 and want to switch to a similar environment but Linux based, give Q4OS a go. Based on Debian Stretch, Q4OS aims to be a substitute for Windows XP/7 desktops and offers commercial support too for businesses. Through KDE, it makes user environment very similar to that when using XP or Windows 7 and can be a good alternative when starting with using a Linux desktop. It...

BunsenLabs Linux : A Minimalistic Debian Based Linux Distribution

If you are looking for a minimalistic Debian distro that’s lightweight and doesn’t require a lot of configuration changes to work properly, BunsenLabs Linux is a good choice. It is basically a continuation of CrunchBang Linux and comes with Openbox as the default window manager making it extremely light on resources. It has most of the common packages and utilities built-in, Tint2 panel...

MX Linux : An Excellent Debian Based Distro For Desktops

MX Linux is a sleek Debian(stable branch) based distro geared for desktop Linux users. It is a co-op venture between antiX and MEPIS Linux communities. If you are looking to switch or install a distro that works out of the box, MX Linux can be an excellent choice. It is a mid-weight distro with minimum system requirements of 512MB RAM/i486 processor/5GB disk space and recommended requirements of 2GB...