If somebody would help, I think this is a light version that could permit to get rid of windows 2000 on this very old Thinkpad and use it. I suppose I can't install latest version because of the minimal hardware, so which version and how? Also, as I don't have the choice to boot from usb drive (Thinkpad), I need it on CD. Thanks in advance!

  • I don't think any Ubuntu will fit on a cd. You are better off creating a 3Gb-ish partition and to put the ISO in there and then boot from grub into that partition. You need 32-bit but all OSs that support that are off topic here (debian, mint, gentoo, opensuse all support 32-bit). If you want a CD: DSL/damn small linux fits on a business card ( damnsmalllinux.org ) This question should be asked on unix.stackexchange.com since you get an answer there for ANY Linux system
    – Rinzwind
    Apr 16, 2021 at 20:27
  • If I was you I'd spend a 200 euro for a 64-bit machine ;-)
    – Rinzwind
    Apr 16, 2021 at 20:28
  • He wants to resurrect an old machine. I'm doing this with old thinkpads. It is not easy but fun. But you're right - this is not the right forum for it... and no current Ubuntu (32bit) will ever run on a pentium 3 in a decent speed.
    – kanehekili
    Apr 16, 2021 at 20:41
  • You need to use a USB or DVD for live media.
    – David
    Apr 18, 2021 at 4:55

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You should look for a 32 bit version of linux (AntiX download for example) since your Thinkpad can not cope with a Ubuntu 64bit system. Do not install gnome- it will be to heavy on your resources.

There are other distros out there (also puppy is recommendable) that might fill this great peace of hardware with life.

To get it on cd just download the iso file and burn it onto a CD.


I've looked up the specs. Your device is a PAE PIII processor, so the Ubuntu flavours will be too heavy on this device. A stripped down MXLinux/AntiX should work

  • Seems a good solution, thank you. Will the CD be bootable on the Thinkpad? and I will be able to format hard drive and install Linux on?
    – Jack
    Apr 15, 2021 at 20:07
  • @Jack, remember that if you chose to install a non-Ubuntu based distro, you will not be able to ask questions about it on AskUbuntu, and you will need to seek support on the distro's support site. Nevertheless, this is a very old laptop, and I doubt that even "lighter" official Ubuntu distros (Lubuntu or Xubuntu) will run on this machine.
    – Enterprise
    Apr 15, 2021 at 20:14
  • Yes got it, it is normal. I was going toward Ubuntu but if there is no 32 bit light version, I will try another distro..
    – Jack
    Apr 15, 2021 at 20:37
  • Thanks for your time
    – Jack
    Apr 15, 2021 at 20:38
  • @Jack you will find a lot of instruction on how to "burn" that iso onto the cd. I've done it with my old Thinkpad A 21 - if the answer helped you, I'd appreciate if you could accept it
    – kanehekili
    Apr 15, 2021 at 21:00

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