I have some questions how Slackware 8.0 would run on my machine. Right now it's running Windows 98 SE quite nicely (if that can be said about any machine) and I want to be sure before I repartition my 6 GB HDD since I don't have another drive available of suitable size for using linux.
HP Vectra 515MCx 5/100
Intel Pentium MMX 200 MHz processor
80 MB EDO RAM
6 GB IDE HDD
ATI Rage Pro Turbo PCI 8 MB video card
3Com TC515-TX ISA 10/100 ethernet card
Lucent WinModem ISA v.90 modem
Creative Sound Blaster 16 CT2230 ISA sound card
I have once installed this version of slackware on another system, a K6-2 333 MHz machine w/ 64 MB of RAM and it was great when outside of X but when inside it absolutely cralled because of the excessive swap file access. The same machine was surprisingly fast with Windows 98 SE installed on it. I used the complete install (or w/e it is on the slackware disc) on that machine so I am assuming that is what I did wrong, because it loaded a LOT of stuff when I booted it, the screen would completely fill w/ text 3 or 4 times before I got the login prompt.
Am I correct in assuming that a leaner installation would make this machine run linux and x with speed comparable to my windows installation?
Also, I could never figure out how to get PnP ISA cards to work in linux so I would like to be able to get my sound and lan cards to work (the modem is less important because I only use it when the lan internet connection goes down)
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!