I have an old Pentium which I dedicated to Linux:
Compaq Deskpro 5100 - 100Mhz, 40mb memory, and a 1.2G disk
I was able to install a minimal Red Hat 7.2 on it. For grins I included KDE in the install, and to my surprise KDE ran better than I thought it would - although it is a bit sluggish.
That has raised my hopes of using this Compaq as the primary "front-end" machine for my family's internet connection and email. I have two other networked machines with dual boot, and eventually I'll add the Compaq to the network. My main question is this: what way(s) can I improve this machine so that it can perform decently under Linux?
1. Will upgrading memory from 40mb to 96mb help a lot or a little?
2. Will upgrading the processor to 400Mhz help a lot or a little?
I think I can upgrade the memory to 96mb for about 30 bucks, and possibly upgrade the processor to 400Mhz for 20. But I really don't want to sink much more money than that into an old PC when I could get a newer one eventually...
3. What distros are known to work well with 100Mhz machines?
I'm not going to stay with Red Hat 7.2 - I'm getting SuSE 9.1, but I'm certainly open to other suggestions.
4. Will recompiling the kernel help performance?
I've heard it helps speed things up...
Any comments, links and suggestions are welcome, including things I haven't thought of at all