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Old 05-28-2006, 10:00 PM   #1
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linux for low specs computer


I'm after a flavour of Linux that will run on a computer with these specs:

Pentium-MMX cpu at 200MHZ
RAM 32mb
2gig HDD

I'm after something with a GUI and that is easy to install, seeing as this will be my first time running linux
 
Old 05-28-2006, 10:06 PM   #2
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Good Luck, I don't think there's an operating system in existance that will run with only 32 megs of ram. I'd suggest investing in a new computer.
 
Old 05-28-2006, 10:14 PM   #3
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I have another computer, I just wanted to know if I could use this one as a linux box

it also has a CD-Drive
 
Old 05-28-2006, 10:27 PM   #4
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Found one that will work, I'm trying it out now
 
Old 05-28-2006, 10:35 PM   #5
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Which distro are you trying?

And btw, linux will run on some unbelieveably low-end systems. Linux From Scratch is probably the only way to go that will get you to a system optimized to that extreme -- and you might even need to build the system on a different machine, then migrate it over.


Either way, pass along some info about what you're working with to help other people looking at this forum.
 
Old 05-28-2006, 10:42 PM   #6
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If that qualifies as a Pentiun II you can run ArchLinux on it. It's optimized for i686 and it works on the bare minimums.
 
Old 05-28-2006, 10:45 PM   #7
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I was going to install Corel, did a little bit of research and it seems that wouldn't be the way to go, even tho it would nicely run on those specs.

I'm thinking if downloading RedHat 7.3 would be the go. Can anyone give me a heads up on it? Before I start downloading the 3 CDs needed for it
 
Old 05-28-2006, 10:49 PM   #8
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Good Luck, I don't think there's an operating system in existance that will run with only 32 megs of ram. I'd suggest investing in a new computer.

windows 98 runs on it fine?
 
Old 05-28-2006, 10:57 PM   #9
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Realistically, attempting to install a modern, 2006 distro on a machine from (I'm guessing) 1997 or so will give mixed results at best, particularly if you're looking for an advanced, full featured GUI. I'd suggest checking out DSL but the system specs you've listed are going to be a limiting factor
 
Old 05-28-2006, 10:59 PM   #10
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You might try Vector. I had it on a pretty low end box for an NFS server.
 
Old 05-28-2006, 11:16 PM   #11
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You might try Vector. I had it on a pretty low end box for an NFS server.
vector 4.0 or 3.2?
 
Old 05-28-2006, 11:27 PM   #12
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I'm going to give vector 3.2 a go, I'll let you know how it goes in about 2 hourish give or take
 
Old 05-28-2006, 11:31 PM   #13
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If you are qualified and interested to experiment, I'd be interested to know how this would work. Base install of Debian ... about 100MB, and the newly released (for Debian), Rox Desktop. This is a RISC desktop and supposed to be very light.
 
Old 05-29-2006, 12:01 AM   #14
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Slackware with a very light window manager (or just CLI)
 
Old 05-29-2006, 12:06 AM   #15
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try ipcop. download it, its just under 43M. you can use that machine as your firewall plus you can control it remotely using your web browser.
 
  


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