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Specialty Linuxes to the Rescue

Nov 12, 2008, 21:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Grehan)

"Suppose you have an elderly, early-Pentium PC sitting unused under a desk. Being environmentally conscious, you want to put it to use, perhaps as a Web-browsing station, a simple word processor, or running an in-house Web server. But you don't want an operating system that exceeds the hardware's capabilities.

"Fortunately, there are Linux distributions specifically designed for older hardware. Two examples are antiX Linux and SliTaz Linux.

"antiX Linux has a boot-image footprint that's roughly 400MB in size. Based on MEPIS Linux, antiX was created by MEPIS community member Paul Banham, known in the MEPIS community as "anticapitalista." MEPIS is a popular Linux distribution; antiX is not an official MEPIS project."

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