lightest possible weight ubuntu?

NoOp glgxg at
Sat Nov 3 00:29:11 UTC 2007

On 11/02/2007 11:00 AM, NoOp wrote:
> On 11/02/2007 09:41 AM, Steve Flynn wrote:
>> On 02/11/2007, Michele <m.zarri at> wrote:
>>> On 11/2/07, Tipton, Timothy <Timothy.Tipton at> wrote:
>>> > >>It's a Pentium III with 128MB RAM (soon 256 as I found someone selling
>>> > a
>>> > >>128MB module on eBay), an ATI radeon M6 graphic card and 30GB hard
>>> > disk...
>>> >
>>> > I have a very similar old laptop and it runs Xubuntu perfectly. XFCE is
>>> > the Desktop environment and it is quite light, and easy to use. I highly
>>> > recommend it:
>>> >
>> Yup - I have (get this!) and A21m thinkpad with 64 meg of ram. It's
>> currently got Fiesty on it and does actually run xfce to a point where
>> it's almost usable. 128 meg would make it quite acceptable (or at
>> least it feels that way).
>> At the moment, it's CLI based only as I lack the patience of a saint.
> Ineresting... I ended up giving a 128M module from my A21M to my son for
> his T21 so I only have 128M left in the machine. I swapped hard drives
> as well & it now only has Win2K on it (that's what had come with his
> T21). I'd been waiting to get another 128M module before loading Gutsy,
> but noticing this thread I've decided to try xubuntu @ 128M...
> downloading the xubuntu alternate iso now & will report back on how it
> goes :-)

Well... I can report back that it does seem to be usable w/128M albeit a
bit slow (as can be expected on an 800Mhz 128M machine).

While still downloading updates the final vote isn't in yet; having
prevously had 384Mb and standard Gutsy gnome running on the same machine
I'd seriously consider adding as much memory as you can stuff into the
machine (384M). Standard Gutsy w/384Mb did just fine and 384Mb w/xubunu
might blaze right along.

The disk space install doesn't seem to be much different than standard
Gutsy (about 4G), yet you don't get the full OpenOffice etc. FWIW, only
putting OpenOffice Writer and not Calc and the other included modules
hardly saves much of anything. The core disk space is in the base OOo
installs, so I don't see what xubuntu are accomplishing by not
installing the full OOo. Perhaps tomorrow I'll install the full OOo and
see if I can log the difference.

The only problems experienced so far are a monitor problem whereby I get
a barcode type icon/overlay in the upper left hand corner with a Hitachi
SuperScan Elite 641 (CM 641) monitor. Xubuntu detected the monitor just
fine (surprise!) and configured it correctly, but this annoying 'bar
code' is back. I had similar problems with this in Feisty. But opening
the Terminal, entering something in Terminal and closing Terminal would
get rid of it. This isn't working in xubuntu. Note: I use the same
terminal just fine w/Gutsy on another system (desktop) and the problem
doesn't occur so I think it's a hangover from Feisty that is probably
still in xubuntu.

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