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#1
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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#2
Windows 2000 with an antivirus that supports it. Avira for example.
 
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#3
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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#4
I don't think Ubuntu would like that system much. Needs at least 512MB RAM and a fairly recent GPU.
 

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#5
thats not entirely true,ubuntu's minimum requirements state only 64mb of ram with 512mb being recommended.
 

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#6
No Ubuntu. I'm not even sure the GUI will launch on a too old GPU.

My vote goes for Xubuntu or Gentoo.

EDIT:

thats not entirely true,ubuntu's minimum requirements state only 64mb of ram with 512mb being recommended.
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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#7
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
those are the requirements for 11.10, there is more than one version available:shadedshu
 
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#8
What the best system Linux or other for a P 3 1Ghz 256 ram 20 Gb HD ..Just to surf and maybe flash
What video card? If just on board then you will indeed struggle with smooth Flash vids with that CPU.
 

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those are the requirements for 11.10, there is more than one version available:shadedshu
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:

It is possible to run a graphical desktop environment on older or low-end systems, but in that case it is recommended to install a window manager that is less resource-hungry than those of the GNOME or KDE desktop environments; alternatives include xfce4, icewm and wmaker, but there are others to choose from.
I still think it would be easiest to just install something lighter to begin with. Like Xubuntu or Gentoo.
 
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#13
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.
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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#15
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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Xbmc?

EDIT::

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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damn small linux
 
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windows xp

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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