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So installation notes inform a P2 300Mhz, or a P3 400Mhz is required!
My P1 is set with a K6-2 500Mhz, (=6x83.3Mhz).
I downloaded the 9.1 version because I need drivers for the chipset HPT37x of the Rocket Raid 133 I should receive soon (see topic "linux install ends at partition check"). I prefered the install of RH9.1, rather than apgrading the kernel after the installation of an older RH Version, because it seems to be "not so easty" to upgrade Kernell (see topic "install new kernel ?").
Shoud I avoid the V9.1 install because of the Installation Notes ?
Is the Kernel Version related with minimum hardware requirements ?
Briefly, what is the best to do ?
1) Install RH9.1, and avoid some too heavy packages ?
2) Install an old version ? and then updating with the newest Kernel ?
3) Install an old version ? and then compil the Kernell with only the drivers I need ?
The kernel from RH9 will run on anything from a 386 and above (allbeit slowly), so you should be fine with a Pentium. KDE and GNOME might struggle, but if you don't need a GUI, then you're fine (but KDE and GNOME will still work - just slowly).
If you look at the names of the RPMs on the RedHat CDs, they all end in 386.rpm, so they should (in theory) work on any 386, 486, Pentium etc.
I'm slightly confused by the version of RedHat you're talking about - RedHat have only released a 9.0 version, no 9.1 yet (and there probably never will be).
P.S. I would still re-compile your kernel anyway with the drivers you need, just to squeeze the last drop of performance from your PC
Well I feel a bit ridiculous, concerning the "version 9.1".
So if i understand, the "heaviness" of the system doesn't depend on the Kernel.
The heaviness is widely due to graphical interfaces! Am I right ?
When I said I had a P1, I meant a socket 7 motherboard that supported pentium1 cpu and K5 and K6 series. That is why I resumed, badly I recognize my config. The thing I wanted to emphasize was that my Front Side Bus is not greater than 83.3Mhz, so I wondered if it could raise problems.
Plenty of people run 486s as routers and mail servers for small networks with very up-to-date kernels, so a pentium should be fine for the kernel at least, but don't excpect to be able to run KDE with full effects etc. at any great speed.
I would just install what you need and see how it goes - you might be surprised with the results you get with quite underpowered (by windows standards) hardware - Linux isn't fussy about having the latest processors etc.
No, I must admit, bencl5, I made a mistake and didn't watch very carefully which RH version I was downloading.
In ilikejam first post in this topic, I was surprised that GNOME could run slowly with my configuration. I have in mind that KDE is really heavy, but I thought GNOME would be OK. Does anyone have other GUI advises ? Are there "light" choices ?