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Linux For Older PC Hardware

Michael Larabel

Published on 18 August 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
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With the relatively old hardware we had used with our select benchmarks, the five desktop Linux distributions tested performed close to each other but Mandriva 2008 Beta 1 had taken a surprising lead in some instances. This DVD distribution is backed by the Linux 2.6.22 kernel, GNOME 2.19 / KDE 3.5.7, and has a variety of other benefits such as NTFS write support, AppArmor, Compiz Fusion, a new wireless stack. While Mandriva had a lead in these benchmarks and with the SiS 650GX-backed Pentium 4 "A" setup, we cannot call a decisive winner and that we had only tried out five desktop distributions out of the dozens (hundreds) available. Share your experiences about older PC hardware and Linux in the Phoronix Forums.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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