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Old 05-04-2008, 01:20 PM   #1
MR4Y
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Exclamation Slackware(or other distro) on old Pentim 133, 64Mb RAM, 2Gb HD, etc...


After 4 days of trying and "sweating"(lots of reboot, reinstall, etc...), here's the question:

A friend of mine received a pc from his sister, here's the specs:

-Pentium 75-200 133MHz
-64Mb RAM
-2Gb HD
-Trident TGUI9680 video card
-Crystal Codec (cs something, I don't remember) sound card
-motorola sm56 modem(maybe i'll loan my agere modem)

This machine had Win98 SE installed by default, but the performance is lacking. I talked to him, and now I'm with this machine at my home, planning to install linux on it, just to give a little more life on this pc.

My friend only wants this pc to write some texts on a light text processor(i.e. Abiword), listen to some music, use the net(msn, etc...) and play some games via emulation(snes, etc...). Actually, not in conditions to change any hardware of it (including adding more HD or a bigger capacity HD).

I just tested the following distros on it, with some issues:
-Puppy(fails to detect modem and sound)
-Damn Small(lacking sndconfig and other things to make hardware configuration easy)
-Dizinha(based on Kurumin, but optimized for old pcs)(detects sound and video, but not modem. and the install freezes process at various points. Takes several reboots to finish a install)

Well, I started my research for some distros that might do well on this pc, on some forums people suggest old kernel versions of a distro(like Mandrake, older versions of Slackware, ec...). Some suggested Debian(the process of just getting the iso file is just time consuming in terms of choosing the right method of getting the distro), some versions 9 to 10 of Slackware. Well, I might try to install slackware on this pc, but I'm in doubt if I can do the following with slack installed on this pc:

-The hability to compile packages OUTSIDE the pc where slack is installed(no chance to connect via dial up, no chance to get 2 network cards, so I link the old pc to my pc)
-The hability to optimize packages outside the pc where slack is to the architecture of the pc that have slack on it.
-Has to be simple to the end user(my friend, who never used linux)
-Has to have the facility to translate into Brazillian Portuguese
-no Vector Linux(don't agree that I have to pay 26 dollars just to have a system on this pc. I choose linux because it's free)
-no old kernel versions(might be of use in pcs that don't go online, but in this case...)

Just in case, here's my pc specs:
-Pentium D(Presler Core) 2.8GHz
-1Gb DDR 2 RAM
-40Gb HD
-GeForce 6200 Turbo Cache 128Mb
-Onboard Sound
-Onboard Network
-Running Ubuntu & Kubuntu 7.10 in dual boot(changing Kubuntu to Slack, depending of the system)

And one more thing, the system have to accept boot via HD(or using floppy to acess the image in some partition)(don't have any CDs hanging in there)

Any Suggestions?
 
Old 05-04-2008, 01:33 PM   #2
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You don't have to pay for Vector http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/veclinux-5.9/iso-release/
 
Old 05-04-2008, 02:31 PM   #3
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I heard that vector configures the hardware after the installation, so I could move the HD into my pc, make the install, and switch the hd to the older pc. But it accepts boot via HD?

I'm thinking abut this issues, because of disk space and performance. The pc don't need to have a outsanding performance(would be asking too much from a dinossauric machine like this one), but it have to have a good performance for the tasks listed before(not asking for extreme multitasking capabilities, maybe 2 or 3 apps at the same time with good performance).

And that's the compiling question also.(Since slack don't use an extension package, as far as I know).
 
Old 05-04-2008, 03:11 PM   #4
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I heard that vector configures the hardware after the installation, so I could move the HD into my pc, make the install, and switch the hd to the older pc. But it accepts boot via HD?

I'm thinking abut this issues, because of disk space and performance. The pc don't need to have a outsanding performance(would be asking too much from a dinossauric machine like this one), but it have to have a good performance for the tasks listed before(not asking for extreme multitasking capabilities, maybe 2 or 3 apps at the same time with good performance).

And that's the compiling question also.(Since slack don't use an extension package, as far as I know).
it uses .tgz packages, you install them with pkgtool
 
  


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