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  1. Jetster

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    What the best system Linux or other for a P 3 1Ghz 256 ram 20 Gb HD ..Just to surf and maybe flash
     
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    Windows 2000 with an antivirus that supports it. Avira for example.
     
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    I usually just use Ubuntu on older machines where Windows is slow or I don't want to waste a license. It is very easy to use and has a software/app center as well.

    For Windows, Windows 2000 or below run great. XP isn't always great due to the amount of RAM needed.
     
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    I don't think Ubuntu would like that system much. Needs at least 512MB RAM and a fairly recent GPU.
     
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    thats not entirely true,ubuntu's minimum requirements state only 64mb of ram with 512mb being recommended.
     
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    No Ubuntu. I'm not even sure the GUI will launch on a too old GPU.

    My vote goes for Xubuntu or Gentoo.

    EDIT:

    What? System requirements:

    1 GHz CPU (x86 processor (Pentium 4 or better))
    1 GiB RAM (system memory)
    15 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)
    800 by 600 screen resolution
     
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    those are the requirements for 11.10, there is more than one version available:shadedshu
     
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    What video card? If just on board then you will indeed struggle with smooth Flash vids with that CPU.
     
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    All of them exceed 256MB anyway. If you have a source that say otherwise I'll retract my statement.
     
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    I set up a PIII running on Win98 2 years ago. The only pain is to set up the drivers for USB because Win98 doesn't recognize USB dongles at all, natively.
     
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    I believe the system would have to be tweaked and whatnot to make it run smooth. And that is the help for an old version. It also say this:

    I still think it would be easiest to just install something lighter to begin with. Like Xubuntu or Gentoo.
     
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    Win 98se does support usb nativley. As it supported my keyboard and mouse during the install.
     
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    Mine didn't. Probably the version wasn't SE. I'd need to check because it's been some time since I powered up that pc.

    But anyway I think Win98 would be ideal for the OP's uses.
     
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    Yeah, win98se would work nice and fast on that. A friend found an old laptop with a p1 and 64mbs ram.. even puppy linux wouldn't run on it, not enough ram. So I slapped on win98se and works great. And yes, you need to install nusb33e.exe in order for it to see modern flash drives ect. Also if you apply the latest kernelx-4.5.2, you will be able to run the latest version of firefox and flash as well. To get it up to date, just install sesp30-b4 (unofficial sp3 for se) http://www.htasoft.com/w98se_post_usp4.php found at the first link at top of page. Have fun!
     
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    Thanks guys. This is going to be a painfully slow process (pun intended) :)
     
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    ahh it won't be that bad. I just setup a win98 box. Kinda cool to get back into it again.
     
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    TinyCore -- kinda BSD-like but minimal

    comes with firefox and flash, jre easily accessed and loaded
     
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    Xbmc?

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    im a retard. why not try DSL or elive? I love elive I can get you a copy if you want me and the creator are good pals. its beautiful and runs great on old stuff.
     
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    Is this it?

    http://www.elivecd.org/
     
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    damn small linux
     
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    windows xp, it will run fine i have a p3 500mhz(oc to 655mhz) 384mb ram 40gb hdd voodoo 32/64mb (dunno wich one, it was expensive though xd), and runs just fine;)
    i got it with windows 98, but when xp was released i installed xp , runs great ever since;)
     
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    Agreed with Win 98SE
     
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