Rejuvenate your old hardware with the SliTaz GNU/Linux distribution

It has been a few months since I last talked about SliTaz and I figured it was time to post a quick public service announcement to drive a little more traffic their way.

If you are looking for a light-weight GNU/Linux distribution to help rejuvenate some of the aging hardware that you have laying around then SliTaz is for you.

I have it installed on my old 500MHz Compaq Presario 1200-XL111 with 128 megs of RAM and suffice to say it just plain works. It boots up and displays the Simple Login Manager's (SLiM) login screen within a few seconds, it has a decent selection of software in its repository, and all the apps that I have installed load quickly.

If you are in need of something, the community is friendly and the developers are normally relatively fast at responding to feedback, fixing issues, and adding new features.

The only slight problem that I have had as of late is that the zd1211rw driver that I require for my wireless adapter is currently not available in the latest cooking version (with all of the wifi packages installed) so I currently have to use an Ethernet cable to get my laptop online. It is something that is to be expected when you don't use the stable release so I don't mind.

In conclusion, I highly recommend that you give SliTaz a try.. you won't regret it.


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