An article written by Shashank Sharma, published in tecradar magazine lists 10 Popular Light Weight GNU/Linux distributions for running in low end/old hardware.
Modern Linux distros are designed to appeal to a large number of users. As a result, they have become too bloated for older machines or systems with limited resources. If you don't have several gig of RAM to spare and an extra core or two, these distros may not deliver the best performance for you. Thankfully, there are many lightweight distros that you can use to breathe new life into older hardware.But there's one caveat when working with lightweight distros - they usually manage to function with limited resources by cutting away just about everything you take for granted, such as wizards and scripts which make everyday tasks easier.That said, the distros themselves are fully capable of reviving older hardware and can even function as a replacement of your current distro, if you're willing to adjust to their way of working.
Following are GNU/Linux distributions listed in this article.
- Absolute Linux
- Toutou Linux
- Core Plus
- MX Linux
- Vector Linux
- Puppy Linux