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Old 11-22-2003, 12:04 AM   #1
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Question Suggest a Linux Flavor


I just installed Redhat 9 on a Celeron 333 with 64M RAM. I was so excited to install it that I never thought about the system requirements. Anyway, the install took and it works, but the hd thrashes too much. I know this has something to do with the swap file being used too much due to lack of physical ram. Anyway, my questions is this. I really want to learn more about linux, but what version will run well on the hardware that I have? Maybe I didn't look hard enough, but I could never find system requirements on redhat's site. Thanks for the input. --wxnut
 
Old 11-22-2003, 12:11 AM   #2
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well,.. if you are willing to work a little more, slackware is perfect,.. for older hardware i recommend 8.1 or 9.0,...
 
Old 11-22-2003, 12:13 AM   #3
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Slackware with a light windows manager like Fluxbox or Blackbox would work ok. 64mb's is still a little light, but you could get by. Flux and Blackbox are included in the install.
 
Old 11-22-2003, 12:43 AM   #4
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BlackBox is included in 9.0 and 9.1, if you want Flux included, that is in 9.1, otherwise you have to download, install, and setup, which isn't too much work, but can still get difficult at times for someone who has never done it (i had lots of problems my first time with a Flux install).
 
Old 11-22-2003, 12:55 AM   #5
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There's a Fluxbox.tgz somewhere on the net now isn't there? I'm pretty sure thats how I installed when I ran 9... I might be wrong though. However I did it, it was trouble free. If you try 9, just start out with Blackbox and see what you think. Take a look at their website beforehand to get an idea what its all about, as it is nothing like what you are used to from Windows

fyi: .tgz extentions are whats commonly referred to as "Slack Packs." Slack Packs are just preconfigured software packages optimized for the Slackware distro which make for an easy install.
 
Old 11-22-2003, 01:50 AM   #6
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Yes, if you go to the Flux website, there is a Slack Pack for it. It's not to hard to actually get installed,.. its the initial configuration of it that gets a little difficult if you've never done it...
 
Old 11-22-2003, 01:57 AM   #7
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Load it up with ram
 
Old 11-22-2003, 07:18 AM   #8
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Another solution is to look for an older version of one of the more popular relases on an auction site. SuSE 6.4, older versions of Redhat, etc. They are designed to run on slow machines, and you can probably get one pretty cheap because people have upgraded and dont want them anymore.

-LBB
 
Old 11-22-2003, 08:40 PM   #9
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Ram is cheap, you are not going to get X to run like you want it on 64MB. If you can't afford the ram then just be aware that you are going to need to open only one thing at a time and see how your memory holds out. With mozilla there are memory cache settings that may help if you turn it off. It will slow down browsing a bit but the system will have more ram. My Mozilla uses about 34MB on it's own.
 
Old 11-22-2003, 10:35 PM   #10
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Welcome to LQO

I think Redhat 7.3 would kick butt on your system. That is my favorite version of Redhat. I think that Slackware would be great if it doesn't discourage you (9.1 would work great with a bit more RAM). If you want a small distro that is fast, Peanut Linux is great too

If you up the RAM to at least 128 or 160 it would run much better.

Peace,
Whitehat

Last edited by Whitehat; 11-22-2003 at 10:38 PM.
 
Old 11-22-2003, 11:30 PM   #11
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You can download older versions from http://www.linuxiso.org
 
Old 11-23-2003, 01:16 AM   #12
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I have a 266 MHz PII running Red Hat 9 with GNOME2.2 and it works like a charm, probably thanks to its 256MB of RAM

Although it is rather slow, it doesn't crash or freeze often.
 
  


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