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Old 03-10-2005, 07:44 PM   #1
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good user friendly distro for freakin old pc??


A friend brought his uncle's computer to resurrect- IT"S A PACKARD-BELL P1 70Mhz w/ 8megs OF RAM!!??

does anyone know of an old distro that's still around with a nice easy gui
that will run nicely on this machine?
 
Old 03-10-2005, 08:26 PM   #2
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Vector Linux 1.8 would be worth trying. The 8 mb of ram is a killer though.
 
Old 03-10-2005, 08:43 PM   #3
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have a look at zip slack

slackware.com
but i haven't used that

regards
 
Old 03-10-2005, 08:50 PM   #4
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thanks for the reply-
a couple of questions about Vector Linux 1.8 though, is it free or no?
can I download it or do I have to buy and wait for the cd?

also, I was poking around and stumbled across Grey Cat 3
might this be a better choice?
 
Old 03-11-2005, 11:29 PM   #5
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Re: good user friendly distro for freakin old pc??

Quote:
Originally posted by gub
A friend brought his uncle's computer to resurrect- IT"S A PACKARD-BELL P1 70Mhz w/ 8megs OF RAM!!??
Dude... I hope he didn't pay more than five bucks for it...
You can certainly install Linux on it, but I doubt you'll get much of a GUI running, far less any useful GUI apps.

If you're looking for a cheap Linux box you can get one for under $300 from Fry Electronics, but if you're bent on using that Packard Bell all I can do is wish you luck!
 
Old 03-11-2005, 11:54 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by gub
thanks for the reply-
a couple of questions about Vector Linux 1.8 though, is it free or no?
can I download it or do I have to buy and wait for the cd?

also, I was poking around and stumbled across Grey Cat 3
might this be a better choice?
Vector is available for download on most ibiblio or sunsite mirrors,

I've no experience good or bad with grey cat. From the looks of it, and what little info I read at Icewalkers.com it looks like it would be worth a try as well.

Based on an older version of Slack, and pretty stripped down is something both these distros have in common.
 
Old 03-12-2005, 12:13 PM   #7
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redhat 5.0 :-)

in fact, i found my first redhat cd (ver 5.0) in a system with almost the same specs.
 
  


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