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Old 10-07-2004, 04:57 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Linux fo REEEALY slow computer


Hi!
i have an old 486dx100mhz with 8mb ram and 800mb hdd
I kinda don't like it being there, hanging useless, so, could anybody reccomend me a good distro, easy to install (or not so easy, as long as it has good instruction sets) and i dunno, with GUI?win95 runs fine on it now, i'm just not used anymore to so much waiting between a simple window change or right click lol

thanks in advance
 
Old 10-07-2004, 05:11 AM   #2
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it is not so slow machine ;P...problem is that 8MB RAM, 16 would be better... try some old distro, maybe older Slackware or RedHat 5.2 or something about...it should work (maybe installation process isn't so easy as in newer distros but i think you should do it)
 
Old 10-07-2004, 05:33 AM   #3
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well theres any cd rom? try knoppix
 
Old 10-07-2004, 05:46 AM   #4
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yeah..i know, 8mb is not that much....but its what i have

do you think that slackware 8.1 will run ok?i believe it's the oldest i can get right now
i have knoppix, but i never really thought about using it on my old box, it requires 128megs of ram! it's 120over what i got lol

thanX for the speed!that's amazing!
 
Old 10-07-2004, 06:00 AM   #5
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well I got a 486 and have run knoppix in twm
or check for www.linux.org Distros=minimalist I recomend you tk linux

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Old 10-08-2004, 09:23 AM   #6
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boing

i'm now downloading MuLinux, it seems simple to install and it looks well maintained

i couldn't find tk linux though..
 
Old 10-08-2004, 09:29 AM   #7
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mulinux is very good for older pc's. it uses glib5 iirc so newer programs will not run on it, but you can find older packages for it. also has an older kernel. The best thing is it has a bizzillion tools built in to it including web server, packet forwarding, telnetd etc. I still cannot get the svga x server to work, and so am stuck with vga16
 
Old 10-08-2004, 09:34 AM   #8
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go to http://distrowatch.com/table.php?dis...ion=slackware, scroll down and you'll find isos all the way back to 3.3.
 
Old 10-08-2004, 02:08 PM   #9
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I don't think you will have much joy with a gui on this thing. Why not do a CLI only install and use it as a firewall or something?
 
Old 10-08-2004, 02:18 PM   #10
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Linux on a REALLY slow computer with low Ram equials good firewall, as rest might not be worth it.
 
Old 10-08-2004, 07:50 PM   #11
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Could try greycatlinux or a old version of slack etc as said above.
 
Old 10-08-2004, 08:31 PM   #12
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Try Damn Small Linux...think that's the name. Of course, doubt you'll be able to accomplish much with it...but then again, I've never tried it.
 
Old 10-08-2004, 10:26 PM   #13
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I got to install Damn Small Linux on a simililar PC but instead of 8MB it had 12MB. It runs well but you will want to avoid using a GUI and if you do use one Damn Small Linux uses Fluxbox.
 
  


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