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Title: Best version of linux lite for 512mb of ram
Post by: minesheep on June 05, 2019, 06:07:46 AM
I want my computer with 512mb of ram to be a bit unstable but still not impossible to use. Should I install LL 2.8, LL3,8 and lubuntu 14.04 to multiboot? I don't need it, so I want to use for testing linux OS's memory usage for fun.
Title: Re: Best version of linux lite for 512mb of ram
Post by: TheDead on June 05, 2019, 08:00:52 AM
LoL, that's the first time I see someone that wants their computer to be unstable! ;)
Just kidding, I understood your question.

Last time I tried to install on a 512MB machine (whick I'm guessing is 32 bits?)  had to go to the 2.8 Linux Lite.
Unfortunately, it's not supported anymore (since April), but can still be installed of course.
Problem will arise when trying to open Firefox and browsing the web though.

At the time I tried BodhiLinux since it had a smaller footprint but the installer itself "choked" because of the limited memory.
I had to "clone" an install from another machine to get it running.
The interface was too weird and the Midori Internet browser wasn't up to par and crashed a lot.
So, put 2.8 on it. Slow but worked. (internet browsing limited though).

I would try to get the machine to 1GB and using Linux Lite 3.8 if possible.
Title: Re: Best version of linux lite for 512mb of ram
Post by: trinidad on June 05, 2019, 09:02:38 AM
I still have an old HP tower with 1gig of RAM. It has LL 3.8 on it and dual boots with Debian 9 XFCE on an 80Gig HDD. The biggest problem with less than 1gig of RAM is the installation and update process. Also you will usually have the best luck on old hardware if it is all Intel. I loved LL 2.8 (Ubu 14.x) with the old compiz and KDE tweaks you could do to it, but many things involving web browsing will now give you issues, and most secure sites will reject you. I would try LL 3.8 first. It may just take some time to install, and it will bump to swap and slow browsing sometimes but it should run pretty good. What will help is to partition the disk how you want it before installing, and using a direct ethernet connection to the Internet.

TC 
Title: Re: Best version of linux lite for 512mb of ram
Post by: Artim on June 05, 2019, 08:46:12 PM
I have antiX on an old 512 RAM 32-bit machine.  It's up-to-date and runs great!  Bodhi or Peppermint would prob'ly run on it but the installer needs more resources than the computer has.  After installing antiX on that old dinosaur I added a minimal Xfce desktop and it's point-and-click easy with a menu I'm used to and everything.
Title: Re: Best version of linux lite for 512mb of ram
Post by: TheDead on June 07, 2019, 02:00:29 PM
@Artim
Hi there! My personal best was 160Mb RAM on boot. That was about 2 years ago with XFCE on Bohdi 4.4.0 32bits. What is AntiX's RAM?
I use terminal command "watch free h"  30 seconds after bootup to check used memory.
For fun only, I don't suggest the setup for a "working" environment, not stable and a pain to get everything working when changing DE.
Title: Re: Best version of linux lite for 512mb of ram
Post by: TheDead on June 07, 2019, 06:07:22 PM
Had some time today and worked on a new Bohdi 5.0 / XFCE installation project.The results are magical to say the least (Unicorn level) ;)
Created a VirtualBox VM with 512MB RAM.I took Bohdi Legacy 5.0.0 (32bits) and installed with 3rd party (no updates). Then:

1.Replaced Moshka with XFCE4 (added Whisker menu)
2.Replaced Terminology with XFCE Terminal
3.Replaced Arandr with XFCE display manager4.Replaced Midori with PaleMoon internet browser (Based on a older revision of FireFox)
5.Replaced PCManFM with Thunar
6.Replaced eePad with  xed (Text Editor)
7.Installed hardinfo (system information), libreoffice and bleachbit (cleaner)
8.Replaced eepdater with Ralphy's Mint Updater style updater and updated all level 1,2 and 3 updates
9.Ran BleachBit and Rebooted 
Came at 134MB/139MB used RAM, down to 132MB after a few minutes. I beat my own record ;)
For a fully functional and updated install. Wowza! Only time will tell about stability though...
Can't wait to try it on real hardware, heheeee!Here's a picture :
(https://i.imgur.com/x4FnXL6.png)
Title: Re: Best version of linux lite for 512mb of ram
Post by: Jerry on June 07, 2019, 06:18:48 PM
Folks, a reminder that the topic is best version of Linux Lite for 512mb.
Title: Re: Best version of linux lite for 512mb of ram
Post by: TheDead on June 07, 2019, 06:55:38 PM
Yeah... sorry Jerry, got exited there a moment! ;)
I vote 3.8. If machine unworkable then, 2.8 as a last resort.
Title: Re: Best version of linux lite for 512mb of ram
Post by: AlfredDun on June 14, 2019, 10:54:18 AM
I like the 3.8 for that much RAM too. It should work ok, I think.
Title: Re: Best version of linux lite for 512mb of ram
Post by: bernard stafford on June 20, 2019, 11:26:05 AM
System Requirements:Ubuntu Desktop Edition
    2 GHz dual core processor.
    2 GB RAM (system memory)
    25 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see    Live CD for an alternative approach)
    VGA capable of 1024x768 screen resolution.
    Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
System Requirements:
The minimum requirements: Linux Lite 2.8
    700MHz processor.
    512mb RAM.
    VGA screen capable of 1024x768 resolution.
    DVD drive or USB port for the ISO image.
System Requirements:  Linux Lite 3.8
    CPU: 1Ghz processor.
    RAM: 768mb ram.
    STORAGE: 8gb.
    RESOLUTION: VGA screen 1024x768 resolution.
    MEDIA: DVD drive or USB port for the ISO image.
    CPU: 1.5GHz processor.
    RAM: 1024mb ram.
    STORAGE: 20GB
I would go with the minimum system requirements for the computer. Linux Lite 2.8
Title: Re: Best version of linux lite for 512mb of ram
Post by: Artim on June 20, 2019, 09:34:56 PM
Do not use an unsupported (expired) version of Linux Lite, unless you are never going to connect it to the Internet.