[scribus] Linux Distro 4 Scribus + 1.7GHz Celeron 256MB RAM

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Wed Sep 2 21:24:32 CEST 2009

On Sunday 30 August 2009 22:26:50 jwminer at accessvt.com 
> Asif wrote:
> > I have a system with 1.7GHz Celeron processor and 256MB 
RAM. Most
> > current distros are too heavy. Can you recommend any distro 
that is
> > light and fast and that can be used to run Scribus, Gimp, 
> > Blender, etc? I have been browsing for a light Linux distro and
> > http://www.elivecd.org/ seems fast and light enough to me. 
But I
> > know
> > Scribus' requirement of QT. I would be thankful if you could 
> > such a distribution to me (and possibly others?) on this list.
> >
> > My main requirements are Scribus, Gimp, Inkscape, C/C++ 
> > Internet browsing, emailing, downloading, etc. I am not very 
keen on
> > watching movies and listening to audio/music/songs. So my
> > requirements
> > are really simple.
> Nobody has mentioned VectorLinux. I am running VectorLinux 6
> Standard and VectorLinux 6 Light on three computers. On all of 
> I have Scribus, Gimp, and Inkscape. Blender is in the 
> but I don't have it installed. The system is set up for C/C++
> development and Firefox and Opera are included. VectorLinux is 
> on Slackware.
> Scribus has always run for me with no problems. The same is 
true for
> Gimp and Inkscape. Installing packages is very easy with slapt-
> and Gslapt, which pull down dependencies for properly made 
> User support is excellent with a very friendly and helpful user
> support forum.
> The ISO fits on one CD. If you want something that's not in the 
> you can download from the repositories.
> VectorLinux 6 Light uses IceWM or JWM as window managers. 
IceWM is
> the default. It is very light on resources and very customizable,
> though you do it through text files. I installed VL 6 Light on my
> 11-year-old grandson's laptop, a 1.8 GHz Celeron with 256 megs 
> RAM. It performs well for browsing with Firefox, but I didn't
> install Gimp, Scribus, or Inkscape. For sure, I'd strongly 
> you add RAM no matter what distro you go with because 
> you'll be hitting the swap file all the time and that slows things
> down markedly.
> VectorLinux 6 Standard uses XFce or LXDE as desktop 
environments. I
> have Gimp, Inkscape, and Scribus running in VL6 Standard 
under XFce
> on a 1.3 GHz Celeron with 1 gig of RAM. They run well. I have
> Scribus, Gimp, and Inkscape under VL6 Light on a laptop with a 
2 GHz
> Mobile Celeron and 512 megs of RAM. I have no complaints 
> performance. It would be better with more RAM but the 
programs are
> usable with 512.
> You can download the ISOs here:
>  http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/veclinux-6.0/iso-release/
> Note that the LiveCD for VL6 Light isn't really intended to be
> installed on your hard drive, though it's possible and an installer
> is included. It is more to give you an idea of the look and feel or
> for portability when you'll be using a computer not your own  
> can be used for repair purposes, as is often the case with 
> --Judy M.
>    USA
> Registered Linux User #397786
> Being productive with VectorLinux 6.0 Standard, Deluxe Edition
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My solution: systemax no os computer from Tiger Direct, 3 gigs 
memory, dual processor,  250 gig hard drive, less than $300. 
John Culleton
"Create Book Covers with Scribus"

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