LinuxQuestions.org
Register a domain and help support LQ
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 10-08-2004, 03:05 AM   #1
wijnands
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2004
Posts: 132

Rep: Reputation: 15
distro with X for old pc?


Hi,

Can anyone reccomend a distro with X that would run decently on an old IBM aptiva with a P233mmx and 64mb ram?

I'm looking for something that would allow me to run open office, firefox and a cd burning app. Preferably something that a newbie could install (and I doubt if my skills are advanced enough to do slackware)

Suggestions apprieciated.
 
Old 10-08-2004, 03:13 AM   #2
rm6990
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Canada
Distribution: SUSE 9.1 Pro and Debian Testing on Server
Posts: 469

Rep: Reputation: 30
Try something like Feather Linux or Damn Small.
 
Old 10-08-2004, 03:30 AM   #3
akilles
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2004
Location: Vestfold, Norway
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 139

Rep: Reputation: 15
Hi wijnands.
It's a pity you say:
Quote:
(and I doubt if my skills are advanced enough to do slackware)
I would suggest an earlier version of Slackware.. Maybe 8.1 or 9.0. When I first started trying Linux, I tried RedHat,
Debian, etc... But I ended up installing Slackware. (It's not really as hard aI've heard people say.)
I installed Slackware 8.1 with X-Windows support on an old P133MHz with 32 MB RAM, and with FluxBox as
my windowmanager, I think the result was very good. I installed an old CR-RW drive in that machine, and with
CDRoast and XCDRoast (I think that was it), I could actually do some burning. (Not very fast though.. 2x or 4x max.)

Geir O.
 
Old 10-08-2004, 06:30 AM   #4
wijnands
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2004
Posts: 132

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Ok...

Do those old slackware versions support apt-get or another easy mechanism to bring the system uptodate?
 
Old 10-08-2004, 06:43 AM   #5
akilles
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2004
Location: Vestfold, Norway
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 139

Rep: Reputation: 15
I only tried apt-get when testing debian.
Now, I either install from source code, or I use the package-browser at www.slackware.com
and search for the most current package. (That usually is enough.)

-Geir O.
 
Old 10-08-2004, 07:31 AM   #6
justin_p
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2004
Location: Virginia, USA
Distribution: slack 13; I've used it all :)
Posts: 433

Rep: Reputation: 30
try vector. You should be able to add OO.org.
 
Old 10-08-2004, 09:05 AM   #7
MikeZila
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2004
Location: /home/mikezila
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 377

Rep: Reputation: 30
Slackware works well on older computers.

My computer used to be exactly like the one you describe, slack works great, with X and KDE running an all. Try it.
 
Old 10-08-2004, 09:25 AM   #8
{O_o}
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2004
Distribution: Slackware 14
Posts: 70

Rep: Reputation: 16
i agree about slackware, it seems the best for lower spec machines. there is a version of apt-get called slapt-get that you can get.

http://software.jaos.org/#slapt-get
 
Old 10-08-2004, 10:31 AM   #9
maroonbaboon
Senior Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Sydney
Distribution: debian
Posts: 1,495

Rep: Reputation: 48
I think OpenOffice will be hard work in 64Mb. I just started it up and X and OO together already use about 100Mb. For a word processor Abiword is more economical, taking about 12Mb on startup vs about 50Mb for OO.
 
Old 10-08-2004, 10:56 AM   #10
leadsling
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: Savannah, GA
Distribution: Mandriva 2008, Vector 5.8 VM
Posts: 65

Rep: Reputation: 15
I've been playing with several PII 266 mhz systems lately (acer). I've also tried several distros with them to try and get the best new user experience with minimal setup problems. I tried Mandrake 10 with text install, slack 10, gentoo and knoppix. The one I found that worked the best was Vector Linux. It's based on slackware, but has some some good config tools. The install disk is about 360 MB. It gives you a choice of several x window managers including icewm (which IMHO is the best combination of features vs size) It has its own package manager but also gives you the opportunity to install swaret and add the slackware mirrors to its config files. Easier setup than DSL (again IMHO )
 
Old 10-08-2004, 05:16 PM   #11
MikeZila
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2004
Location: /home/mikezila
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 377

Rep: Reputation: 30
Yes. I almost forgot. He beat me to it. You should probably try Vector too, maybe even before you try Slackware. It'll setup a whole lot faster (and smoother) than Slack, giving you a quick way to test the speed of the machine under Linux.
 
Old 10-08-2004, 06:26 PM   #12
rm6990
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Canada
Distribution: SUSE 9.1 Pro and Debian Testing on Server
Posts: 469

Rep: Reputation: 30
Yea, you can probably forget about OOo. Best bet would be to install AbiWord and Gnumeric...and I'm not sure what is out there for presentations. These are much lighter programs.
 
Old 10-08-2004, 08:21 PM   #13
Nz_Boy_2004
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: New Zealand
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 258

Rep: Reputation: 30
DamSmall or older slackware 8.1 maybe.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Upgrade Kernel, distro, or switch distro? badmofo666 Linux - Newbie 9 12-20-2005 01:02 AM
which distro is a Gnu/Linux distro masand Linux - General 24 09-14-2005 06:26 PM
New SUSE Distro. - Which distro., should I buy or download? vcroww SUSE / openSUSE 11 08-24-2005 04:29 AM
Distro: Less scripting. Looking for mainly Elf binary based distro Z505 Linux - General 1 04-03-2005 12:33 AM
Exchanging packages from Distro to Distro. Can this be done? Satriani Linux - General 4 05-31-2003 05:08 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:48 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration