More 350 MHz Mayhem

Based on some recommendations from those commenting to my previous entry…I will attempt a few more distros on my old PII 350 MHz PC…using the XFCE Desktop of course. I’ll attempt to get the latest and greatest XFCE up and running.

Those that I’ve received feedback on are:



  1. STX Linux
  2. DSL – Damn Small Linux
  3. Puppy Linux
  4. Kanotix
  5. Zenwalk
  6. Debian Unstable (for XFCE cutting edge)
  7. Wolvix
  8. PCLinuxOS – Second attempt after remaster (because it is my favorite 🙂 )

So, I’ll give those a go during the next week or two and we’ll see how they stack up. I’m looking forward to STX since it is slackware based and has many features (thanks for pointing it out srlinuxx!!). Check it out in a review at

I’m also looking forward to Kanotix because I’ve heard good things about this distro. We’ll see where everything stacks up in a few weeks. Stay tuned. And if anyone has any more suggestions for distros to try, let me know…I’m all for trying out even more…I normally am testing something out and testing Linux on a PII 350 is challenging and fun.

Keep in mind that I’ll be attempting to get XFCE (my choice of minimalistic desktop…if I can’t have XFCE, the distro isn’t worth it for me) on each distro. If anyone would like to assist me with the distros listed above with pointers for XFCE, drop a line in the forum on this thread. Thanks for your help!

Author: devnet

devnet has been a project manager for a Fortune 500 company, a Unix and Linux administrator, a Technical Writer, a System Analyst, and a Systems Engineer during his 20+ years working with Technology.

5 thoughts on “More 350 MHz Mayhem”

  1. Hi!
    I’m now using a linux slackware 10.2 on a 350 mhz PII machine. Using kde (plastic theme), gimp, kdeveloper, some servers like ftp, nfs, cups, apache, mysql, and playing music with amarok!

  2. hello…

    i have a puppy linux with xfce4 running on my 250 MB usb-memorystick 🙂

    it runs under the qemu emulator under windows and under linux fine, and boots antiveley to the linux on the stick…

    it runs really fine on my pIII 1 ghz laptop with emulator… i think this is the same than running it nativeley under a pII 350 mhz…

    the total size is 70 MB and at the moment 30 MB additional software installed….

    best regards

  3. I realized last night that I wasn’t going to get a day where I could just hammer out all of the distros I wanted to check out with my old PII 350 MHz. So, I figured I’d give STX Linux 1.0 a try. This distro comes heavily recommended for old PCs as we

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