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Old 03-23-2006, 05:14 AM   #1
crh112
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Best distro for an old box


I have just got my hands on an ancient box currently running Win NT4.0. Its a celeron 150mhz with 128mb ram so basically has no power whatsoever. I want to set it up as a simple webserver on my home network and possibly run MySQL etc. I need o choose a suitable distro for this. Im guessing that there is no point looking at a current release of a major distro. So should I look to use a lightweight distro or an older version of one of the main distros that would have been round when the specs of my machine were okay.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Please bear in mind that my current experience of linux is fairly limited so I dont want anything thats going to be too difficult to use.

Chris
 
Old 03-23-2006, 05:23 AM   #2
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DamnSmallLinux. Absolutely. It's a current debian-based distro, still very much updated, which is designed pretty much for just this sort of thing. It's a 50mb ISO, and will install to the hard drive (if you want it to) for ~200mb. By default the ISO is a LiveCD.

I'm running the latest release, DSL2.2 on my P166, which came still with its 5 1/4" floppy drive. It came with a choice of Win95 or DOS 6.0 :-)

It has one PCI slot, which I've got a Netgear MA311 wireless card in. DSL runs _beautifully_, using Fluxbox (a lightweight window manager), and all associated services. It's my file/printserver, and is very nice

You can either run DSL as a bootable LiveCD, requiring no harddrive install at all, or you can install it to the hard drive and make all your configuration changes permanent. It just depends how much you want to screw with things.

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Old 03-23-2006, 05:26 AM   #3
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Thanks i will give it a go
 
Old 03-23-2006, 05:29 AM   #4
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Sure thing Let me know how it turns out!
 
  


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