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I'm running Win95 on a PII with 32 Meg of RAM and a 10GB harddrive. It does everything I want it to (save Internet Connection Sharing and any games that came out in the past... four years or so) and apart from the occasional IE 5.5 problem, I'm quite content.
However, since I use this box for the Internet, I want to make the move to Linux to avoid MS-specific viruses and intrusions.
Since I can't seem to find the information I want all one place (ie, I would have to hunt for hours on end across hundreds of webpages to piece together the answer to a simple question), I thought I'd tried here.
Can anybody suggest, or even just point me to a webpage or two so I can find out for myself, what Linux distributions and versions would be best suited for running on this outdated box?
My ex installed Slackware (don't know the version) on a 486 or P1 (I can't remember which now) for us... so I don't see why there'd be a problem, but I guess it depends on what you want to do? (my dad only wanted it as a game/music server)
Just don't rm / * ...heh. (I deleted the kernel... and that was the end of linux in our home for the next two years)
It didn't delete everything... but enough. I honestly hadn't known what I'd done... he told me to re-install the kernel before the next time I booted and it wrote over that spot on the disk. I rebooted and.... hang.
Go to www.linux.org for a fairly comprehensive list of distros. Not a terribly in-depth listing tho but it lets you know basically everything Linux that's out there.
I'd reccomend Slack or Vector as well, Mandy if you're new to all of this but careful with what GUI (KDE is pretty darn slow, Gnome's a little better). If you install Slack, go out on the 'net and get Dropline-Gnome, it's very fast, very nice, and very user friendly for all that it does.
For those of you who use Vector, anyone else think that Vector and IceWM Control Panel should hook up?
anyone else think that Vector and IceWM Control Panel should hook up?
Some of the devs are working on that one.
It's yet far from mature , though.
I guess we'll have to see what Tigger has in store for the clientęle in VL4.0SOHO-final and if we can make it in a handy package for the older versions.
With your specs, you can't go wrong with Feather Linux. SUPER easy install (almost as easy as Knoppix -- upon which it is based), and it uses a very lightweight version of X. Granted, the default isn't the prettiest thing you ever saw (fluxbox), but with your level of ram, beggars can't be choosers ('sides, they've now added a utility to enable you to easily dress up your desktop as far as you are able).
IMO, the best thing you can do is installing Debian (any recent version will do) and install one of these window managers:
Don't put KDE or Gnome, don't even think about it.
By the way, I'm trying to install Debian Woody in a P120Mhz with 24Megs RAM, I'm thinking of buying other two weak computers virtually free and making a cluster with OpenMosix (it's just for testing purposes, though)