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...

EndeavourOS: A Lightweight Arch Linux Based Distro

If you are looking to try out an Arch Linux based distribution, then EndeavourOS can be a good choice. It is a lightweight, rolling release distribution that makes it easy for users that are new to Arch Linux based environment. Installing EndeavourOS: Download the EndeavourOS ISO image from here. Then, create a bootable USB drive and boot up from it. You can directly use the dd command to do that in...

Peppermint: A Lightweight Linux Distro

Peppermint is a lightweight and stable Linux desktop distro based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. The recommended hardware requirements are: 2 GB RAM 4 GB disk space x86_64 or amd64 CPU This makes it great to use on very old PCs too. Download and install it from here. Installing Peppermint: Once downloaded, create a bootable USB. You can then boot into the live environment to check out the overall look and...

Linux Lite: A Lightweight Ubuntu Based Distro For Older PCs

Linux Lite is an Ubuntu LTS based desktop Linux distro that’s geared for users making the move from Windows. Linux Lite comes with a simple desktop environment (Xfce) and is suitable for even low-end PCs. A list of hardware requirements can be found here. It is a lightweight desktop distro can be used on very old PCs too with around 1 GB RAM and 1.5 GHz processor. Installing Linux Lite: Download...

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...