Best Linux for really old computers like ASUS eeePC 901

Linux is the best, because it runs on everything, especially on older computers that no longer run Windows smoothly. One of those machines is the mini laptop ASUS eeePC that I still have. Its weak Atom CPU is slower than Raspberry Pi.

Everything from Puppy Linux to Crunchbang is good, but I’ve found lesser known BunsenLabs Linux work the best in this tiny machine. Beautiful Linuxes like elementaryOS and Zorin OS won’t run or even fit on this computer.

BunsenLabs based on Debian and like most of the Linux distributions out there, it’s completely free. BunsenLabs is very small and uses way under a gig on a hard drive so it’s very optimal for eeePC that has only 12 GB SSD drive (at least my fur cap version). It also requires only 256 MB RAM to work properly. Very fast and smooth.

Here’s the video of my eeePC in action powered by BunsenLinux:

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  1. Jen

    I know this article is a bit old, but I just dragged my EeePC out and I’m actually typing this on it right now. I’m using Lubuntu and I’m interested in upgrading. Or downgrading? Haha Anyway, I’m going to look at the distro that you mentioned but I’m also wondering if you have an opinion on Leeenux. Thanks for any feedback. 🙂

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  2. Roni Laukkarinen

    Hello! I have actually sold my eeePC and only use Linux as servers nowadays. Glad you found this article inspirational.

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  3. Jen

    Awesome, thanks for the reply!

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  4. the colonel

    I am also about to dig out an eeepc 901, aim to keep at work for chatGPT access. Which version of BunsenLabs did you install when you installed?

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