Make Mine a Lite, a MEPISLite

 
 
By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2005-09-21 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Opinion: The lightweight Linux distribution is a good use for old boxes. (LinuxWatch)

Do you hate to see a good computer go to waste? I know I do. I have half a dozen Pentium II machines, which came with Windows 98SE. If I trusted Windows 98SE to be even half secure, Id still be using them. But I dont.
So what to do with old boxes? Well one good thing is to run MEPIS lightweight Linux distribution, MEPISLite.
MEPISLite 3.3.1-2, a late beta version, is designed from the ground up to be a fully functional Linux system that will run on a Windows 98 class machine. It is reported to run on as little as a Pentium II system with 128MB of RAM and a 2GB hard drive. I believe it. There are, of course, many other small Linux distributions. Zenwalk (formerly Minislack), Puppy Linux, and Damn Small Linux, to name a few. All have their fans.
Vista gives the Linux desktop a chance. Read more here. Still, I think MEPISLite deserves anyones attention. For starters, it is a complete desktop Linux system. Youre not going to sit down at MEPISLite and find yourself wishing for functionality thats not there. Oh, of course, you have to work with KOffice, instead of OpenOffice.org, but for day-in, day-out work, KOffice does every bit as well as the more feature-full OpenOffice.org. And—this is the good part—it will do it all on very old, very slow machines. Read the full story on LinuxWatch: Make Mine a Lite, a MEPISLite Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
 
 
 
 
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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