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Old 09-04-2006, 04:50 AM   #1
Clarence27
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in great need of old distros for old hardware


Ive been asking around about distros for old computers and have tried a few recommended distros and they were either really really slow or just wouldnt install. Can someone please help me and drop a link or something to some old distros that will work with my old hardware. I am running a Pentium 2 233Mhz, 192MB RAM 4MB video and 4gig hdd. My main computer is a Pentium 2 300Mhz:-( hopefully linux will run my computers a bit faster:-) i am a real noob and totally new to this so any help with distros for my old clunkers would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks heaps,
Clarence
 
Old 09-04-2006, 05:19 AM   #2
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I have installed slackware on celeron 500 Mgz 64 MB RAM and 8 GB HDD
Basically Any Distro will do. Try

Damn Small Linux
Slackware
Mepis
Puppy Linux
Zenwalk

It all boils down to what u choose to install , Base system with some utilities with Xface will do just fine. It come down to under 2 GB GB

Last edited by jayakrishnan; 09-04-2006 at 05:27 AM.
 
Old 09-04-2006, 05:25 AM   #3
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Basically try to choose a distribution that lets you choose the apps to be installed, or one that just won't install too much applications (Fedora has something like 3 different kinds of email clients in the full install..got the idea?). And choose a light desktop environment/window manager; Gnome and KDE are resource hogs, XFCE is a bit lighter, fluxbox etc. are light but might prove more difficult to learn. XFCE is a good choice. Installing kde's libs (qt-libs?) and gtk-libs lets you run both KDE and Gnome apps on XFCE as well, without having the desktop environments themselves installed.

If the distribution has more than one install cd that is required for the installation to be completed, you've probably got too big a distribution. The "best" to run on older hardware fit on one cd, I'd say.
 
Old 09-04-2006, 05:32 AM   #4
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Also, you may want to consider FreeBSD.
 
Old 09-04-2006, 05:33 AM   #5
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Here aer some distros Optimized for older Hardware

feather Linux
http://featherlinux.berlios.de/

Vector Linux
http://www.vectorlinux.com/

DSL
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

Puppy Linux
http://www.puppylinux.org/user/viewpage.php?page_id=3

Slackware
http://www.slackware.com/

BeatrIX
http://www.watsky.net/

hope this Helps,

Jake
 
Old 09-04-2006, 08:02 AM   #6
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Yep, Slackware with a light window manager should run reasonably well on that setup.
 
  


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