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Old 11-14-2010, 04:51 PM   #1
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Question Best Linux for an old computer?


Hi everyone, I currently own a 14-year old computer and wish to give it a new life with Linux. I've looked at Puppy and SliTaz, but I don't have enough memory for those. My computer has an Intel processor and only 64 mb or RAM. I don't want a Linux that works awesomely because it's only a command-line OS. If I put a new OS on my computer, it needs to have a (very basic) word processor, internet browser, etc. It's OK if it runs slowly- I've already experienced that with Windows 98. DSL looks like it would be great, but the website is currently down (does anyone know why?)

So pretty much, what is a functional Linux OS that has basic features and can run on a very old computer? And by the way- I am NOT an advanced Linux user, so if you start talking about scripting and command-line stuff I'll have no idea what you're saying :P
 
Old 11-14-2010, 05:03 PM   #2
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Maybe try CTKArchLive 0.6
it installed easily on my PC from usb and claims 64mb ram is OK
http://calimeroteknik.free.fr/ctkarchlive/index-en.html

http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Syste...ve-61951.shtml

couple tips
fbpanel is hidden at bottom of screen
the apps menu takes about 1min to initially load before you can see the apps in the openbox menu
this is only on livecd

after install, you basically have a minimal ARCH install
are you familiar with ARCH?

other than that there a few, but probably most distro's that will run on 64mb ram wont have GUI pkg tools, etc

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Old 11-14-2010, 06:20 PM   #3
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Yes, I've heard of Arch. I would probably consider it if I had a newer computer...

But thanks for the suggestion! I'll look into it. And also, are you saying that the app menu loads slowly on the live cd or that CTKArchlive only runs on the live cd and won't install? Oh, wait, the name of the Linux is a pretty big giveaway for that :P
But wait, softpedia says it's installable..... oh well, it really doesn't matter as long as it works
Thanks again!

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Old 11-14-2010, 06:34 PM   #4
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I personally would go with Puppy: it (1) boots very quickly, (2) runs very fast even on old hardware, and (3) runs from RAM so that you don't need to have the Live CD constantly in the drive.
 
Old 11-14-2010, 06:57 PM   #5
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I like Puppy too, but it won't work for my computer because I only have 64 mb of RAM.
 
Old 11-14-2010, 07:00 PM   #6
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So just how old is your computer then? If it ever had Windoze, what version did it have?! 95?! LOL!
 
Old 11-14-2010, 08:11 PM   #7
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As I said in my first post, it is 14 years old and only has 64 mb of RAM. It runs Windows 98.
 
Old 11-14-2010, 08:31 PM   #8
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How about Basic Linux....based on Slackware 3.5?http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/...ions/baslinux/
 
Old 11-14-2010, 08:50 PM   #9
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Maybe you want to have a look here to get some suggestions, this guy knows how to do it. Maybe I try it myself soon, have an old laptop with Pentium 166 and 32 MB RAM.
 
Old 11-15-2010, 08:13 AM   #10
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Yes, CTKArchLive is installable, it's a livecd and installable
however, with 64mb ram I would run the installer with no X running
that is, it will boot to desktop, and after checking it out, etc
hit cntrl-alt-f1 or cntrl-alt-backspace to get back to console
login as root, password toor
then type in "/arch/setup" and hit enter
the installer will start

also, I noticed that you should edit ~/.config/openbox/autostart.sh to start/stop apps like fbpanel ,etc when openbox is running
it also comes with 2 lite browsers like arora and midori
~/ means /home/username or /root you know

if you check out Puppy, make sure you do a hdd install, not the frugal
frugal install boots to ram, like a livecd
 
  


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