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Old 07-17-2007, 09:49 PM   #1
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Mepis on old hardware

I have a pc, pentium 133, 48mb ram, 2 gigs. I have win98 running very smoothly but I want to upgrade. Mepis says that mepislite 3.3.2 is designed to run instead of win98. Should I try running mepis on that computer or stick to win98 or another os.

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Old 07-17-2007, 10:57 PM   #2
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damn small linux, puppy linux

48 MB is even too little for the lightweight version of mepis

One possibility is damn small linux:

Another possibility is puppy linux:
Old 07-18-2007, 06:24 PM   #3
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Ive tried a couple of those small distributions, but the catch I always find is that I see no advantages of them over win98. Especially because there are no office suites available for those distributions.
Old 12-12-2007, 10:01 PM   #4
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Lightbulb try a cheap upgrade?

I buy PCs, as I need them, from a Goodwill outlet... For less than $70, you can normally find a much faster (1G Mhz) PC with 128mg RAM, 4-12Gig HD, CD-ROM, CDr/w+DVD, maybe even a floppy, something that was new around 2001 but is still perfectly adequate for non-gamers even today. Maybe you should look around for second-hand outlets -- second-hand PCs are amazingly cheap (only laptops seem to keep any value)!
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Machines of this vintage are generally not capable of running a modern office application suite.

Simply, they just don't have the grunt.

In the past I have experimented with Compaq Deskpro Pentium 200 MHz machines (and similar) with 64MB+ RAM running Distros such as Red Hat 8.0 and 9 which included an implementation of desktop office applications. The results were simply that they could not run the applications fast enough to be of any practical use.

These types of hardware platforms are useful as firewalls, packet routers, simple machines for old distros running custom software applications, etc but not much else.

So it would seem to me that sticking with Win98 would be the ticket if you have a system that currently meets your needs, and you are attached to it.

Regardless of the OS that you choose consider, if possible, upgradng the CPU, RAM and HDD. Given the age of this technology it is more than likely that you might find someone who would give you a couple of scrap machines from which you can cannibalize these components.

Given the machine's age and usefulness, I wouldn't spend anything other than beer money on it

So in a nut shell, if you would like to run a modern office suite then I would like to recommend that you consider obtaining a new faster system.
Ideally with a 1+ GHz processor, 256+ MB RAM (Preferably 512+ MB), and a reasonable 10+ GB HDD as a lowest spec. (Although you can run Red Hat 8.0 or 9 with an early version of Open Office on a PIII-450 MHz 128 MB RAM - but it's slow).

You might also like to try running AbiWord under Windows or a more powerful Linux machine (GTK 2.2.4 recommended). For details see

Hope that helps



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