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Old 03-16-2004, 08:40 PM   #1
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Distro for an older Laptop


Ive come across and old Pentium 2 233 Compaq Presario, with 64 megs of RAM. Just wondering, what distro would be best for this one? I would like to use FluxBox as the GUI, if it doesnt choke it Looking for something thats not extremely difficult, on the lines of Mandrake or Red Hat, not sure if those will run good on it though.






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Old 03-16-2004, 08:59 PM   #2
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what else are you lookin at runnin on it? I like debian myself... use the netinstall and it only installs what you want. nice light and with the apt-get feature you can un/install stuff REALLY EASY..

IMHO. (no flamin)
 
Old 03-16-2004, 09:02 PM   #3
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Slack will run good.
 
Old 03-16-2004, 09:03 PM   #4
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I would like to be able to do email, web browsing, and such. Do a bit of html. Basic stuff. Have a work station that I can use from anywhere. I also need it to run wine so I can use HLSW.
 
Old 03-16-2004, 09:06 PM   #5
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vector
 
Old 03-16-2004, 09:16 PM   #6
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Well, Im definatly going to look at that. Thanks for the advice.




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Old 03-16-2004, 09:27 PM   #7
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I had a p233 with 96 MB RAM, so I did a custom install of RH8, and only selected what I would use. I left off KDE/Gnome etc and just installed X11. After install, I went back and installed IceWM for my GUI, mozilla, and a few other gui apps. That machine ran like a champ - with Icewm it was almost, if not as responsive as my P866/384MB with RH8/KDE.

I also had an old ThinkPad 755cd (486/DX100, 40 MB RAM) and installed slack 9 without a gui and it ran OK.

The moral of the story is, use any distro you're used to, but remove all the bloatware, use a light WM, such as Ice, fvwm, etc. and even old machines can be reused for lite workstations, just don't expect much.
 
Old 03-16-2004, 11:01 PM   #8
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Ive used Slackware a bit, really dived into Red Hat 9 due to the fact Im running a CS server off it, and having a great deal of fun with that. Basic workstation is just what I need.

Ive almost finished downloading Vector, will install it when its done. Thanks for all the help guys



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