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Old 09-11-2008, 04:50 PM   #1
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looking for an "old" linux release


Hello,

I am looking for a linux release which can run on x86 machine with 64MB RAM. I have an old pc at home and I would like to install some version of linux, but I cannot find any suitable release. Everything I found on net requires at least 128MB of RAM.

Can anyone help me, please? Thanks.

Tom
 
Old 09-11-2008, 05:06 PM   #2
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Slackware is the oldest surviving Linux distro, and meets your requirements.

Just don't try to run KDE -- and I missed your post count...

Welcome to LQ!

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Old 09-11-2008, 05:38 PM   #3
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Damn Small Linux, Puppy and any other lightweight distro on DistroWatch will fit your needs. But yeah, Slack will do nicely.
 
Old 09-11-2008, 07:47 PM   #4
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Hi,

Look at this Slackware mirror. Since you didn't state the processor you have on the system I can't suggest a release level. I would look at the site and choose a release. If a PII or greater then I would start at 8.1. You should look at using xfce or some light desktops if you want 'X'.

This link and others are available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 09-11-2008, 07:53 PM   #5
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Or for the fastest, lightest window manager, try Fluxbox.

It will not take but a tiny bit of resources to run it,
then you can start apps by right-clicking on the desktop.
It's also highly configurable, though you'll need to read
to learn those options.
 
Old 09-11-2008, 08:56 PM   #6
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itikas, since you are a newbie and if you decide to use fluxbox here's a tip. By default, fluxbox creates a generic file menu of programs. You may have or not have these programs installed.

To create a file menu of programs currently installed in your system, exit fluxbox or before starting fluxbox type fluxbox-generate_menu at the terminal. Now, start fluxbox and click or right-click on the desktop and you'll see a different file menu of programs currently installed.

Another one is menumaker. I've used menumaker to fix the generic file menu that windowmaker creates.

Menumaker supports these desktops

BlackBox
Deskmenu
FluxBox
IceWM
OpenBox, version 3
PekWM
WindowMaker
XFCE, version 4


- Good luck and welcome to linux.

Last edited by dv502; 09-11-2008 at 09:07 PM.
 
Old 09-11-2008, 09:12 PM   #7
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I'd probably go w/ something w/ Flux. Fluxbuntu I really like(mainly cuz I like Debian based distros).. You could also try a base install of debian-etch, and install Flux on top of it.

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Old 09-11-2008, 09:22 PM   #8
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You could try debian woody w/ fluxbox or maybe awesome if it runs on woody. I'm suggesting woody because it has a 2.4 kernel, and it's a lot smaller.
 
  


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