I wanted to convert an old laptop (~2005) to a Spotify box.
I ran into problems because Spotify won't run on Windows XP anymore.
I had trouble finding info about on which Linux lightweight distros can I expect Spotify to run, and also how much horsepower it takes.
So, I post my experience here now that I got the system running:
Ubuntu MATE 18.04
(had to install from DVD, no support for USB boot)
Acer laptop, Intel Centrino Pentium M 1.6 GHz, 1280 MB of RAM, 25 GB disk
( apparently could do with less disk space, but otherwise this is apparently pretty close to bare minimum for this OS )
In the start of Linux install got a scary error message:
This kernel requires the following features not present on the CPU: pae
The issue was resolved with the "forcepae" trick:
Linux installation was really sluggish, but finally worked.
After the OS install the Spotify itself was easy to install through Ubuntu software.
Spotify runs mostly ok but the music loops/skips a fraction of second every know and then. I need to investigate how to recude the system load to get rid of the glitches.