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Old 07-05-2006, 04:20 AM   #1
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old pc with linux


Can someone drop me a link to someone that has put linux onto an old machine. Could anyone provide a how to or explain how they installed linux onto their machine and their system specs?
 
Old 07-05-2006, 04:30 AM   #2
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?? i see loads of posts here with people putting linux on old spec machines, do a search of the forums.

Also checking various distro requirements will tell you what will work, i find older hardware performs better alot of the time, since it has had more time to get supported

Regardless, the process of installing is very similar to a high spec machine
 
Old 07-05-2006, 04:58 AM   #3
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Well, back in the good old days we used to hold a competition in college about who can install linux on the oldest and crappiest piece of hardware. If I remember correctly, the winner installed something on a 386 with 4MB of RAM.
So, yes, there are plenty of people who install linux on older hardware, there are specialized distributions for any class of old hardware and even some usual distributions can run on old hardware. See minimal hardware requirements of the newest version of debian - http://www.us.debian.org/releases/st...h03s04.html.en
 
Old 07-05-2006, 06:30 AM   #4
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I've installed Fedora Core 3 on a dozen computers that have a 233MHz (or 200MHz) Pentium MMX, 128MB RAM, (4 + 2)GB Disks, 4MB Video, and a 3C905B-TX 10/100 NIC. I've got a full GUI and the few apps I've tried work (albeit rather slowly). I intend to use them for slave nodes in a supercomputer. I got Red Hat 9 to load on a 166 MHz Pentium system, and separately on a system with 96 MB RAM.

What I did had more to do with upgrading the hardware to meet the software requirements instead of changing the software to fit the hardware limitations.
 
Old 07-05-2006, 09:08 AM   #5
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Quote:
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Could anyone provide a how to or explain how they installed linux onto their machine and their system specs?
What type of machine are you trying to install on? If it's feeble, are you willing to run with a window manager like fluxbox ? If it's truly feeble, are you willing to run in text mode ?
 
Old 07-05-2006, 10:41 AM   #6
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Same Spec

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I've installed Fedora Core 3 on a dozen computers that have a 233MHz (or 200MHz) Pentium MMX, 128MB RAM, (4 + 2)GB Disks, 4MB Video, and a 3C905B-TX 10/100 NIC.
I learned the hard way not to use ext3 filesystem on such lowly hardware. I guess the journaling is just too much for it. I got Ubuntu Breezy running on the same spec hardware. Runs - slowly. Actually, Debian did the best. During install it detected the low spec hardware and installed a 2.4 kernel and an ext2 filesystem.
 
Old 07-05-2006, 11:23 AM   #7
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Use google.
What does old mean?
for low spec machines, use busybox.
DSL rules.
Puppy rules.
 
Old 07-05-2006, 11:29 AM   #8
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I have DSL 3.0.1 installed on a P2 266MHz 128RAM and a 1GB hard drive. You can get some version of linux on almost any machine. I think DSL would even run on a 486. What are your system specs? If you provide more detail, then someone can reccomend the best distro for your hardware.
 
Old 07-05-2006, 01:39 PM   #9
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in all honesty, I can't imagine anythign running on a 386! My old crusty had Win 3.1 on in, a long long time ago.

You guys never cease to amaze me with what you get running on all those old crusties that I thought everyone had thrown out. Guess it's time to slave a few togheter and make myself a super-computer!
 
Old 07-07-2006, 02:34 AM   #10
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Ok im going to install it on a pentium 133Mhz,32mb RAM, floppy, cd drive(bootable), 4.2gig hdd and a 2mb video.
 
Old 07-07-2006, 07:22 AM   #11
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Ok im going to install it on a pentium 133Mhz,32mb RAM, floppy, cd drive(bootable), 4.2gig hdd and a 2mb video.
I make no promises, but an install should be possible on that machine. My PII 233 32ram has run both damnsmalllinux and (currently) Slackware 10.1. If you can boot the install from cd your starting at a better place than I did.

If damnsmalllinux interests you there is a lot of help for older computers at their site. The advantage of dsl is it's quick to dowmload and install. You will soon find out if fluxbox (window manager)can run at a reasonable speed. The disadvantage is at 50 Mb it doesn't include much.

With a more complete distro you will want to hand pick the packages. Don't expect to run a desktop enviroment (kde or gnome). In interests of speed I am running Slackware without the x (gui) packages. However I'm convinced fluxbox would run, seeing as it ran using dsl.

Edit/ Forgot to mention swap. At 32ram you are really pushing the envelope. Make sure to create some swap space. If you manage to install, go to a terminal and type "free" to see if swap is enabled.

Last edited by muddywaters; 07-07-2006 at 08:39 AM.
 
Old 07-07-2006, 10:24 AM   #12
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myDSL has some interesting additional packages.
 
Old 07-07-2006, 10:55 AM   #13
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Ok im going to install it on a pentium 133Mhz,32mb RAM, floppy, cd drive(bootable), 4.2gig hdd and a 2mb video.
DSL will definatly run on your machine. It dosnt include much in the distro, but you can enable dpkg (apt-get) to get more packages...I would recomend doing this because the MyDSL apps tend to be buggy on the hard drive install. On DSL 3.0.1(the latest version) there is a menu option to enable apt...the older versions you have to do it by hand I think (check their website).

I would definatly make a good size swap, about 128mb. Repartition your disks and make one Linux partition (type 83) bootable, and a 128mb Linux swap partition (type 82). After you do this, you will need to activate the swap
Code:
mkswap /dev/hd??
swapon
You dont need to worry about hard drive space, I have my DSL installed on a 600mb drive right now, with extra programs (my 1gb drive fried).

I think DSL would be your best bet for your machine.
 
  


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