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An Even Lighter Debian

Note: The material here has pretty much been obsoleted by SkinnyDebbie (blog postings | website) and is probably obsolete in other respects as well. I am leaving this page here for reference purposes.

If after installing a basic Debian-Xfce environment you find that your computer is still not fast enough for you, you can lighten up your system considerably by changing the default window manager, file manager, and some other things. This will take some time and patience to set up, but it will give you a desktop environment that's quite fast. This is especially useful if you have a RAM-starved or slow system. The result might not be awesomely pretty, but it will give you a very fast, usable, and secure system.

Install a baseline Debian-Xfce system
Go through A Lighter Debian and follow the instructions.

Install IceWM
IceWM is a very light yet highly usable window manager. To install it:
$ sudo aptitude install icewm icewm-themes If you look through Synaptic, you will see iceme and iceconf…

Recommended Practices

Note: This content is almost certainly obsolete. It's left here mainly for reference purposes.

Here are my current recommended practices for raising a happy skinny penguin. Please note that I am not a Linux expert. That's not such a bad thing because it means I have to deal with all the problems and frustrations that you would from a perspective that is something close to your own. With any luck, you will be able to benefit from my experience in getting skinny penguins going.

Before we start, there's something you need to be aware of. Full-blown desktop Linux (e.g., Canonical's Ubuntu) may have come of age--meaning that it is now possible to run a general-purpose Linux system on recent hardware that is easy enough for anyone used to Windows or Mac OS to configure and use. However, if your goal is to try to install a desktop Linux system on a circa Windows 98 machine, it's not going to be as easy as using Windows or Mac OS. Depending on the route you take, the initial…

A Lighter Debian

Note: This content is almost certainly obsolete. It's left here mainly for reference purposes.

If you are looking for a useful and standard lighter-than-most Linux distribution, Debian's Etch using the Xfce desktop environment is a pretty good choice. Xfce's window and desktop manager and its associated Thunar file manager are somewhat easier on system resources than the much more common Gnome and KDE desktop environments but retain much of the usability and features. The Debian-Xfce distribution also ships with a good range of software. I installed Debian-Xfce Etch on an old 192 MB, Celeron 500 MHz laPublish Post ptop. With 192 MB the results are not snappy, but the system is certainly usable.

Debian-Xfce is very similar to Canonical's Xubuntu (which is itself based on Debian). However, while Xubuntu is more feature-filled than Debian's distibution, Debian's is more standard than Xubuntu (e.g., Xubuntu doesn't use a root user), and that's why I prefer it …