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Old 09-18-2004, 07:40 PM   #1
tkpk
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distro for 100mhz computer


Here's my story:
Recently got a p1 100mhz 64RAM 2gig computer. I want to install Linux. I want to be able to write and compile programs with gcc. So here are my questions/concerns:

What is a good distro to run on a slow computer like this?
Will that distro have gcc compiler? How can I install it?

Yeah, I'm a total newbie, but I'm not afraid of failure. Thanks, -pete
 
Old 09-18-2004, 08:26 PM   #2
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Most depends on your desktop.
If you don't need one, try Slackware or Debian.
Fedora, SuSE and Mandrake(the easy-ones) are compiled for i686 and not for your i586.

For desktop use you can try a diet distro like Vector Linux.

If you don't mind to get your hands dirty, I recommend Debian.

PS: They all have a gcc compiler(also install your kernel sources).
 
Old 09-18-2004, 08:55 PM   #3
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Get DeliLinux, it's specially made for exactly the kind of computer you're describing. It's a bit old school (2.2 kernel series), but it will run far faster than practically any modern distro (unless you really know what you're doing with slack or debian)

http://delilinux.berlios.de
 
Old 09-18-2004, 09:03 PM   #4
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I set up my very first webserver with redhat 7 on a 100mhz banger, dont expect the gui to run well though. For the record, it ran great.

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Old 09-18-2004, 11:14 PM   #5
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I will second jens advice.
Slack or Deb for console only or a light Window manager if you can do some configuring.
Vector if you need more auto configure and a GUI.
 
Old 09-18-2004, 11:30 PM   #6
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I would suggest you try DSL (Damn Small Linux). I installed it in a box with a 486DX processor, 1GB HD and 16MB of RAM, don't expect beatiful graphics though I barely use a GUI (the one I use is fluxbox).
 
Old 09-19-2004, 12:03 AM   #7
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I'm assuming a pentium 100... Take a look and you might get a 120-150 cpu for a dollar or two and that helps a bit...

Anyway, any distro will do. I just installed mandrake 9.2 on a p150 with 64meg ram and a 2gig drive. It runs KDE and goes fine with KMail and Mozilla running and will play frozen-bubble and klondike, etc. Browses the web fine but can be a little slow to open mozilla at times - okay tho. I later put a p200mmx in it that runs at 188mhz, but don't really notice the speed difference.

It would be quicker with a light window manager, but I set this PC up for my 50yo sister to browse the web and do email and wanted it easy for a newbie. Just made sure I have no uneccessary services running, etc... Also that machine does not have sound at this stage.

Some will say KDE will not run on an original pentium these days, and indeed you probably don't need it, but it will run and it is useable and it only requires a little patience on some loads and desktop changes and you only want to run 2 or 3 desktop apps at once...
 
Old 09-20-2004, 02:35 PM   #8
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i second proudclod's deli linux recommendation...

a linux 2.2 distro is a good choice for old hardware...
 
Old 09-21-2004, 04:05 AM   #9
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Any distro for i586 or less is OK. The distro doesn't matter. Only the programs you use do matter. eg: don't use Gnome, KDE, Nautilus, Mozilla, Konqueror... Use instead eg: IceWM or lighter, ROX...

That being said, I have a P150MMX with 32MB RAM (so more or less the same as you have). I quickly decided I wouldn't compile anything, the tarball of which was over 2MB; because compiling on such an old machine is so slow!

Yves.
 
Old 09-21-2004, 04:55 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by theYinYeti
Any distro for i586 or less is OK. The distro doesn't matter. Only the programs you use do matter. eg: don't use Gnome, KDE, Nautilus, Mozilla, Konqueror... Use instead eg: IceWM or lighter, ROX...

That being said, I have a P150MMX with 32MB RAM (so more or less the same as you have). I quickly decided I wouldn't compile anything, the tarball of which was over 2MB; because compiling on such an old machine is so slow!
That's right. THe distro isn't really that important, although some install more services than you might need and you may have to turn them off... Tho I do find that, with a bit of configuration, and just a little patience, a P150 will even run with KDE and mozilla and kmail and such - as long as everything is trimmed - no major textures, backgrounds, file preview and that sort of thing...

And then IMO they fly with a light wm like windowmaker or blackbox or whatever, of course...

But I needed a trimmed KDE as the P150 box I built was for my computer illiterate 50 year old sister, so I wanted it a little on the easy side and it didn't matter if it slowed it a bit - tho it is a quite useable machine for a P150/64meg - tho actually at this very moment it's running at 188mhz with a P200MMX in it, but it was originally a P150
 
Old 09-21-2004, 08:05 AM   #11
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a distro designed around the linux 2.2 kernel can give you much better performance on old hardware... deli linux, for example, can run X11 apps decently on a 486 (66Mhz) with 16MB of RAM...

you simply can't get a linux 2.4/2.6 desktop distro to achieve that kinda performance on that kinda hardware... also, you wouldn't even be able to install i586 distros such as mandrake on that kinda hardware (i'm refering to the 486 example)...

the hardware requirements for linux 2.2 distros are much lower than those for linux 2.4/2.6 distros...

if you aren't planning on using a GUI (like if you only want to program), then almost any distro will do... of course, you won't be able to use a distro compilied for the i686 architecture, but you get the point...

if you decide to go with a linux 2.4 distro, i recommend slackware 9.1...


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