"One of the original targets of Linux was the under-powered
computer gathering dust in the closet destined for electronic
disposal. While that sounds like a noble goal, it isn't reality for
the majority of today's Linux distributions. Xubuntu says it's for
the limited resource computer, but even it has a minimum memory
requirement of 256 MB. You probably won't have a very pleasant
experience running Firefox on a machine with less than 512 MB of
"There are a number of distributions targeted at minimal
resource computers including DSL, Puppy Linux, Slitaz and Tiny Core
Linux. For this review we decided to take a focused look at the
latest version of Puppy Linux called LuPu 5.0.1. This release is
based on Woof and Ubuntu Lucid Lynx. The live CD is a mere 130 MB
but does contain a lot of applications. As far as system
requirements go, the Puppy Linux wiki says the current version will
run on a 166 Mhz machine with at least 128 MB of memory."
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