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Old 01-25-2005, 08:48 AM   #1
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Distro for old hardware


Hope you can help.

I'm a complete beginner.

I have an old PC (Circa 1999) which has been in my cloakroom since about 2001. I got it out yesterday and it still boots! I thought what a good idea it would be to try Linux on it. Is there a distro that will be OK to use on old hardware? It has a Pentium III with 126 MB RAM and a 20 GB hard drive.

What do you think have a go or no go?
 
Old 01-25-2005, 09:08 AM   #2
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You call this old? I am running sarge on a k6 with 64 mb (web server), and a gateway coyote linux on a p1 which should be ~8-10 years old.

Anyway, try mdk or redhat 8 or 9. You shall go fine as a beginner with these distros. Look for older versions, maybe mdk 8.2.
Or you can try lighter distros, such as damn small linux (for which your hw is definately able to run), but their desktops are less featured, hence less friendly.
 
Old 01-25-2005, 09:13 AM   #3
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Thanks I'll search for those and have a go.
 
Old 01-27-2005, 05:58 AM   #4
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Got Red Hat 8 all loaded up now no install problems encountered. Loads of software with it I didn't expect..... great. Now need to sit down and learn. Next project to connect to the net through a router. Is there any virus software I can download. Any tips would be appreciated.
 
Old 01-27-2005, 06:39 AM   #5
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Glad to know you did well.
Connect to the net: if this router does dhcp it should be very easy. As root, use the commands ifconfig, ifup and ifdown.
To grab IP from the router (dhcp) try this, as root:
First figure out how rh calls your eth card:
ifconfig
This will list your eth cards and a few more info.

ifup ethX (where X is the number of the card)

"man:ifconfig" in konqueror should get you started. Ask again at anytime.
Good luck!
 
Old 01-27-2005, 06:49 AM   #6
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Hey thanks for your help again. I appreciate you keeping an eye on my post.

Keep keeping an eye on me coz' its all been too easy so far!
 
Old 01-27-2005, 06:58 AM   #7
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You should do well. I was using a pentium 3 as my main machine until a couple of weeks ago I only upgraded to play HL2...

I've got mandrake 10 and 10.1 running on the pentium 3 boxes here, and on the celeron 666 and the pentium 150...
 
Old 01-27-2005, 07:38 AM   #8
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How much RAM on the PIII?
 
Old 01-27-2005, 07:53 AM   #9
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I usually run at least 256 meg of ram on the P3 boxes... That's usually emough for most jobs, tho I had to run a big swap for some jobs... the 128 meg might be a little on the low side, but useable.
 
Old 01-27-2005, 09:27 AM   #10
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Forgot to mention: antivirus for linux, are you trying to scan a win partition or something?
I guess ClamAV is the option.
Two resources are good for you to keep track:
http://rpm.pbone.net
http://rpmfind.net
Though the last one seemed a bit outdated last time I saw.
The redhat online updating tool might be good to install a antivirus program also.

Indeed, 128MB was the reason I didn´t recommend you fedora or suse 9.2. Even though they´d probably run, it wouldn´t be very pleasant. Regarding processor clock, a PIII is a nice machine.
One thing you can do with your rh8 is to disable unneeded services to save resources. Google for it. Linux is very open to tweaking, you can gain a lot of performance by tweaking.

Last edited by bruno buys; 01-27-2005 at 09:29 AM.
 
Old 01-28-2005, 12:41 PM   #11
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Hey Bruno

I've managed it, I'm on the web through the router.
Only problem I had was activating the NIC which didn't happen automatically for some unknown reason.
Here I am though surfin usin Mozilla supplied with the distro.

Havin a good time with this now just tryin to figure out what do do next!

Any suggestions?
 
Old 01-28-2005, 12:49 PM   #12
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Well, surfing without having to worry about bizarreware (virus et all...) is already a good thing to do.
If rh didn't activate your eth card on bootup, you can try to figure why. The command dmesg will output a large part of the boot sequence on the console, so you can have a clue what happened. I mean, it was supposed to bring the connection up.
If dmesg didn't inform, try to see the system log:

cat /var/log/messages

Will give you lots of info.
Also, to better reading:

cat /var/log/messages | more

Then you can try to put the activation on your start up.
 
Old 01-28-2005, 12:57 PM   #13
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Thanks B

Done that now. Is there a shortcut to the console?
 
Old 01-28-2005, 12:59 PM   #14
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B

I can't seem to get up2date to run, any ideas?
 
Old 01-28-2005, 04:13 PM   #15
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Shortcut to console: just drag it from the menu to your desktop, and choose "Link here".

What error msgs up2date gave you?
 
  


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