10 Best Lightweight Linux Distributions For Older Computers In 2017

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Lightweight Linux distributions for beginners

Brief: Don’t throw your old computer just yet. Use a lightweight Linux distroand revive that decades-old system.

What do you do with your old computers? The one which once had good hardware configuration but now those are considered outdated. Why not revive your old computer with Linux? I am going to list best lightweight Linux distributions that you can use on your older PC.

While our focus is on older computers, you can also use most of these lightweight Linux on relatively new hardware. This will give you a better performance if you use your computer for resource-heavy usage such as video editing on Linux.

Let’s see which lightweight Linux distro you should use.

Best Lightweight Linux distros

I’ll try to order the list in decreasing order of hardware requirement. Which means the lightweight Linux distro at the number one position would need the minimum hardware.

10. Peppermint

Peppermint is a cloud-focused Linux distribution that doesn’t need high-end hardware. It is based on Ubuntu and uses LXDE desktop environment to give you a smoother experience.

Originally created with the web-centric approach of netbooks in mind, Peppermint has developed ICE application for integrating any website as a desktop app.

It also has a decent getting started guide to help the new users. A dedicated forum is also there to help troubleshooting issues and answering your questions.

Minimum system requirements for Peppermint OS:

  • RAM: 1 GB of RAM (recommended 2 GB)
  • CPU: Processor based on Intel x86 architecture
  • Disk space: At least 4 GB of available disk space

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