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Fedora for Old computers (Pentium 4!)

asked 2014-09-28 08:18:25 -0600

Omer gravatar image

updated 2014-09-28 11:58:20 -0600

UPDATE: Please look at my answer


From last some months, I was interested in trying linux. First I tried Linux Mint 13 on my old computer (That is very old computer, Pentium 4) and it was ok! but I thought that I should try Fedora as someone also recommends me. So I downloaded Fedora 19 from this link.

This old Pc (pentium 4) is too old that it even don't allow booting from USB, I have Plop boot manager. I just putted this iso in my usb and booted into Fedora using Plop boot manager. Now as it loads, It was soooooooooooooooo slow, You can't imagine. First after loading (the fedora logo at the startup) it takes 5-6 minutes and then it showed a box. That box might have options Install to Hard drive or try Fedora but to me i just showed a black box. It was so slow and laggy, if i click on something, the effect will be done after 4-5 seconds (can you imagine ?). But still I thought that it might be because of my OLD pc. It will be fix up when i'll install it.

I choose the applications (at the top left) and clicked Install to hard drive. When a new box opened, It was also blank.. I opened a guide (dual booting Windows and Fedora 19) and with the help of that so

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answered 2014-09-28 11:28:42 -0600

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Hi, You can run the latest stable release Fedora 20 in your system without much issues! :)

There is a Fedora Spin that will suit your needs. Fedora spins are alternative versions of Fedora, tailored for various types of users via hand-picked application sets or customizations.

You can try : LXDE Spin. LXDE, the "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment", is an extremely fast, performant, and energy-saving desktop environment. LXDE is not designed to be powerful and bloated, but to be usable and slim. A main goal of LXDE is to keep computer resource usage low. LXDE spin will not be an Eye Candy, but it comes with a beautiful interface, multi-language support, standard keyboard shortcuts and additional features like tabbed file browsing. It is especially designed for computers with low hardware specifications.

You can download the Fedora LXDE spin here:

There you can choose between 32 bit and 64 bit versions. I suggest you to get 32 bit version as 64 bit may not be compatible with your PC.

If you want something more user friendly and visually appealing, you may try The Fedora Xfce spin. You can download it here:

When you boot it from Live CD ( USB ) , it may run slow on older systems as their USB ports might be slow. But once you install it to your hard disk, you can get a decent performance.

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Thank You! See my new answer :) @rat

Omer gravatar imageOmer ( 2014-09-28 11:44:15 -0600 )edit

Can I use it on my intel atom powered netbook. (dell mini)

saranya gravatar imagesaranya ( 2014-09-29 15:01:14 -0600 )edit

Yes you ca!

deadrat gravatar imagedeadrat ( 2014-09-29 15:36:53 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-09-28 09:29:52 -0600

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updated 2014-09-28 09:31:17 -0600

You need Fedora 20 (or possibly even Fedora 21 which will be landing soon).

I run Fedora 20 on my Eee PC - an Atom PC with very similar specifications to what you're using. You may struggle with graphics a little, but not to the extent that you're describing. 60Gb is waay more than the minimum you can get away with too - my Eee PC has a 32 GB SSD in it, and I have the system installed in less than 6GB of that.

The slowness you're experiencing is most likely down to the speed of the USB port you're running on, or the lack of a native video driver. You can install those after you've got the system up and running - but instead of using the live DVD version of Fedora, get the network install version, it'll download and install the packages you want to use rather than whatever appears on the DVD.

You can select lightweight desktop environments instead of Gnome, say XFCE, at install time too, which should make your final system run a bit snappier. You can also be selective about what apps and services you put on - that'll make the footprint even smaller and lighten the load on the cpu.

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Thank You! See my new answer :) @cobra

Omer gravatar imageOmer ( 2014-09-28 11:44:37 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-09-28 11:42:49 -0600

Omer gravatar image


Thank you for your answers. Well I was searching on it and founded that I can change GNOME desktop to XFCE so i just do the following things:

1): Booted into Fedora text mode (by pressing e in the boot menu and adding 3) {Because in GUI menu it was not logging me in to the system after entering password.

2): After that I run this command: yum install @xfce

3) After that I run yum install switchdesk

4) After that I run switchdesk xfce

5) After that I just typed startx

Now it's good, It asks me for login and password and I entered it (GUI Mode). It showed me the desktop screen. It's working decently, but not it got another problem. The problem is that something is not right with the font.. The font is half showing. Means if a word Is Hello so it is just showing e l . See this image:

Any way to fix this? Please :( ?

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