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Old 05-27-2003, 07:55 AM   #1
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Exclamation Need Best Red Hat Possible On A Pentium 120 Mhz!!!

I want to configure a linux router, but the PC I have for that is a PENTIUM 120MHZ - 32MG RAM - 2.1GB HARD DISK.

The problem is that it has a MotherBoard Pc Chips with an Onboard Davicom Network, I also have an old ISA Network. (For 2 PCs to connect to the router).
And that I need USB support for an ADSL USB modem so I need Kernel 2.4.1 or better.

Is it possible??

Old 05-27-2003, 08:03 AM   #2
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If all you're using it for is a router, then you should be able to install any version of redhat with minimal options, provided you have enough drive space. Just don't install X, and don't install any of the extras.

Also, Smoothwall might be a solution as well. I have an old 486 box with Smoothwall installed on it as a hardware firewall/router and it works great.

Old 05-27-2003, 08:12 AM   #3
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Thumbs up yeah


I've a computer more or less like yours. A Compaq with Intel Pentium 160 MHZ with 32 of Ram.

I'm running Redhat 7.3 on it and it's not so bad actually . Indeed it's slow as hell due memory lacks, but I can even run Gnome relatively good.
I wish I could find more RAM for that laptop .
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It should work, but buy a hub or a switch and connect your two computers to the fastest NIC because it might have bus mastering. Then you don't need the ISA nic.

Make sure you run the computer as runlevel 3 so you dont waste resources to the GUI.
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I used to use an old version of Slackware on my computer that had similar specs to yours. At the time the computer was brand new.

I think the version was Slackware 3.1 It wasn't slow by any means and X could be installed and run just fine. You'll have to do some upgrading to get more modern features working but that shouldn't be difficult.

Sorry my suggestion wasn't RedHat
Old 06-03-2003, 03:14 AM   #6
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Does the motherboard have USB? if not you'll need a PCI usb card. USB ADSL modem drivers, look at I've used these for my D-link 200 and it works a treat! so simple to set up too!


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