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Looking to turn an old desktop into a pure web browser.

#1GameFauxPosted 8/16/2013 6:58:34 PM
I've got an old desktop sitting in my room that used to be our family computer. It's from 2005, so the specs are ancient by today's standards, but I wiped it clean after a few years of clogging it full of crap and put a fresh copy of XP that I had lying around on it a few months back. It serves as a backup in case I forget to bring my laptop to the house or don't have it with me for whatever reason. About the only thing I ever do on it is browse the web.

I'm wondering if there's some way I can make this as efficient as possible for pretty much strictly web browsing. I thought about putting some kind of Linux distro on it, but I'm not sure what to use. I basically want the OS to use as little resources as possible. The fresh copy of XP I put on does a pretty good job of that, but I'm wondering if I can do better than that. I was hoping there was some kind of OS like Google's OS that I could put on here. Something that would boot fairly quickly and basically strip out everything that isn't a web browser.

Also, as far as web browsers, what's the best to use nowadays for older computers? I've got Chrome on this desktop currently, and it does a good job, but it's very memory heavy and this box only has 768MB of RAM in it. Something slim and speedy would be great. The only thing I would want extra is an ad blocker. I'm not sure how Firefox is doing now or if that would be a good choice, or if I should go with something slimmer. Any kind of advice on any of this would really be appreciated.
#2PhilOnDezPosted 8/16/2013 7:18:35 PM
You can try and find the chromebook OS, I think it's called chromium.
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#3MC RaZaRPosted 8/16/2013 8:24:57 PM
Give Lubuntu or Crunchbang a try. Use Firefox or Chromium.
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#4WyzeGyePosted 8/16/2013 8:32:33 PM
Damn small linux and Lynx browser
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