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It's very old pentium I just recently discovered and now I have interest in throwing somekind of linux inside it as it's currently running norwegian Windows 95 that's collapsing all the time (surprise! ).
It should be rather easily configurable and have rather small kernel < 100 megs because it has only 400mbit harddrive.
Also similar system tree as Mandrake or Slackware has would be most wanted, because I dislike RedHats "standard" filetree.
Debian or Slack.
Base install Debian and apt-get whatever else you want, from the net if you can connect.
Zipslack if you install to a DOS hard disk. (Easy install and good selection of software if you don't mind running from DOS).
I would think about 16MB RAM would mean sucess. Less, maybe not?
Btw Enlightenment using the Axios theme uses 30megs ram as reported by GKrellm, while Fluxbox is reported at 70+megs, with the same other processes running. And right now E 0.16.5 is superior to Flux 0.1.14 or 0.9.3, so I really suggest testing this out.