I am looking for a distro with as small a footprint as possible but still relatively
Here is the comp I have got and have been running mandrake 7.1 on it for
a while but it doesn’t cut it any more
What I need it to do is open txt, pdf, epub and mobi files and to be able to run wine
so I can play games from here
Sound would be nice but not essential and I wouldn’t need to play dvds or access the net etc
My vote goes for PeppermintOS
It’s very light, as it uses the LXDE desktop and web apps by default … but it’s NOT just a “cloud” distro … you can install any application locally too.
Think of it as a kind of “minimal install” distro, that through the use of web apps is still fully functional out of the box, at NO cost in system footprint … then you can add just the local apps YOU want, not someone else’s choice
It’s based on Ubuntu so has access to ALL the software in the Ubuntu repos.
For transparency, I must add I’m a member of “Team Peppermint” … so you might want to listen to what distro’s others suggest before deciding to listen to just my advice
Meanwhile, there are some Peppermint 4 video reviews for you to have a look at here:
Looking at the spec it seems quite short on resources with 256MiB Ram and 40GiB HDD.
So (as you are not a novice) I would recommend Crunchbang it uses memory as low as 64MiB idling and install size around 3 GiB (YMMV).
The primary aim of the CrunchBang project is to produce a stable distribution offering the best possible out-of-the-box Openbox experience. To achieve this goal, CrunchBang pulls many base packages directly from Debian's repositories, which are well-known for providing stable and secure software. Packages from CrunchBang's own repositories are then customised and pinned to the system to produce what is known as the CrunchBang distro.
If you only have 256MB RAM … you may be better of following SeZo’s advice … Peppermint will run, but I’ve never personally tried in less than 512MB.
Others suggest Peppermint 3 would, but I can’t in all honesty confirm how well.
That said, if you only have 256mb … you’re probably not going to be running games in WINE :o
not sure wine “games” will run on only 256mb but you could try watt os
just one question is your pc pae or non pae (cpu)