what version for old lap top



have compaq presario 1700 with messed up windows 95 and appears to have been set up for xp which is no longer found want to make it a usable machine for linux . thanks

I woke up and researched the specs . It has 192MB RAM 20 GB hard drive Intel pentium II 850 Mhz
I hope that helps. I want to install a linux version so I can get used to using it again.
I remember when 192MB and 850Mhz was considered awesome. But by today's standards you'll find it extremely frustrating. If you do go ahead with this, I recommend you don't try to load X or anything graphical. Just stick with the bash shell.

The two distros I hear about the most for this application are Puppy Linux and DSL. I searched DistroWatch for old computers and it came up with those plus 19 more.

But you can get a new PC for $300 or a reasonable used one for $50. That would allow you to enjoy Linux properly.
Try Antix.

"It should run on most computers, ranging from 64MB old PII 266 systems with pre-configured 128MB swap to the latest powerful boxes. 128MB RAM is recommended minimum for antiX. The installer needs minimum 2.2GB hard disk size. antiX can also be used as a fast-booting rescue cd." (http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page)

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