I installed Puppy linux on a very old Dell laptop, about a year ago.
The laptop was a PII 300Mhz and had just 128MB or RAM and most distros didn't even install, the setup stalled at some point, etc.
After installing Puppy to the HDD and booting normally to X, the used RAM was at around 40MB.
Of course, OpenOffice was a pain to start - it's bloatware, really.
Opera browser was still manageable, but pages with Flash content were a pain.
Very easilly the used RAM went over 100MB and then it started to swap heavily.
vm.swappiness=1 was essential, as the HDD was old and slow, even with DMA activated.
Quote from obarthelemy on December 11, 2011, 08:22