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Old 01-23-2006, 06:56 AM   #1
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distro to run X on a P133 48 MB ram


Hi guys, i was trying to compile and get everything working on a gentoo, stage3 on an amd450mhz, 384 MB ram, but my father broke up his pc, so i gave him mine.

Now i find myself with a p133 48 MB ram, and i would like to know whether is possible to run a desktop environment at all, and which distro is suitable for that.

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Old 01-23-2006, 07:53 AM   #2
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It is possible to run a gui on such a system, I have a laptop with the same spec. Just about any distro will work it just depends which gui you want to use. The stock kde or gnome is out of the question, (with some playing around it would be possible). Something like xfce would work, but in my opinion it is still to big. There are more out there.

My personal preference for a gui is window maker. I run this on all of my linux machines (that need a gui), it is very basic gui compared to the likes of kde, gnome, xfce and others. But it is light weight and fast.

And again my personal preference for a distro is slackware. It does not hide the config behind pretty graphical programs, instead it makes you learn how linux really works.

 
Old 01-23-2006, 09:10 AM   #3
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thank you, i'll give it a try... i used slack once on a pIII 500, it's a quite long setup, but should be very ... sharp.
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Old 01-23-2006, 04:28 PM   #4
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ps: that pc wont quite likely have a working cdrom drive. Is there a way to boot from floppy and install thru the net?
 
Old 01-23-2006, 04:32 PM   #5
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i think you have to install slackware from a hard medium...

might want to give freebsd a try--i installed it on a laptop that was pretty much dead (actaully it exploded) using nothing but a floppy drive. it has a net install and ports, which is very similar to gentoos portage.
 
Old 01-23-2006, 04:42 PM   #6
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Have a look at this thread http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...91#post1606991.

It explains a little on how to do it.

 
Old 01-24-2006, 05:15 AM   #7
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Well, thank u snowtrigger, its a quite long way.. looking around i found something simplier:
http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/ch-get...-remoteinstall

It should be quite simply once you have a working network (and i suppose thats my case, i have a running dhcp server).

Also looking here:
http://linuxreviews.org/software/desktops/

i decided to try fluxbox, with rox or at least idesk.
 
  


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