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4098 root 20 0 176m 25m 9200 S 2 1.3 6:02.88 X
21183 dan 20 0 188m 73m 21m S 2 3.7 2:01.91 firefox-bin

X can be piggy if you are trying to load KDE or Gnome.....

There are resources out there if you google for Ubuntu and low memory boxes ( or things like that ). Not sure if an install tailored for low memory will run the educational apps that you selected your distro for.

That said, anything insteresting in your X logs? ( not sure what they are on debian based systems like Ubunto; on fedora they are /var/log/Xorg.log )

FWIW, I've got 500M boxes that I still run with full UI and an active mysql db on recent fedoras, so I'm confident that if you can wedge in another 256M most any distro will play very nicely for you.

I don't suppose coming up in init 3 is a real option for you, huh :)
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