LinuxQuestions.org
Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 05-24-2005, 06:01 PM   #1
Garbledwords
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2005
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: 0
Question What distro for old PC


I have an old Dell PC that I want to set up as a Internet gateway. No user interaction, just as a gateway to the Internet and running Squid proxy, and possibly as a file server. It is a Dell Dimension 4200, 233 MHz Pentium II, 160 MB Ram, Nvidia Riva TNT graphics board, a 3Com Ethernet NIC, and a 3Com 3C410 HomeConnect (HomePNA) NIC.

I am worried about the hardware compatibility of the old and slow processor and, mostly, a compatible driver for the 3Com 3C410 HomeConnect (HomePNA) NIC. This is required as I run a home network where one of the PCs is in a room with no LAN connection and I do not want to pay for a wireless network at this time.

I will be connecting to the Internet via Verizon DSL using a Westell 2200 DSL modem. I will need to setup this PC to share the internet connection or to use a routing protocol. My other PCs are all MS Windows XP.

I don't want a lot of fancy stuff in the distribution, just something simple.

I would appreciate any and all suggestions as to which distribution would support this configuration.

Thanks

Garbledwords
 
Old 05-24-2005, 06:32 PM   #2
mugstar
Member
 
Registered: Jun 2004
Location: Scotland
Distribution: Anything that'll install...
Posts: 305

Rep: Reputation: 30
You can find out whether the NIC is supported at the ndiswrapper wiki.

AFAIK, your other hardware is old, slow, but shouldn't give you any problems. Just about any distro will run it. Read up on lightweight window managers/desktops such as XFCE or Fluxbox - KDE will craaawl on your box!
 
Old 05-24-2005, 07:56 PM   #3
glimmy
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2005
Location: Minnesota
Distribution: slackware
Posts: 54

Rep: Reputation: 15
For finding old computer distros I would recomend distrowatch.com. They have a search parameter specially for old/slow computers. Then you can check out the descriptions and homepages for information
http://distrowatch.com/search.php?ca...&status=Active
 
Old 05-31-2005, 05:39 PM   #4
MoonMind
Member
 
Registered: May 2005
Location: Switzerland
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 448

Rep: Reputation: 38
[Sorry, I misread the first post and posted some stuff not belonging here - edited it out]

But anyway: Why not do a Debian Sarge server install? Easy configurable, and runs prefectly - you can change it into a gateway any time you want. I had that installation on a Pentium 233 MMX with 64 MB RAM - no troubles.

A nice start might also be tinysofa classic - a minimal server distribution easily maintainable and configurable via apt-get.

And while we're at it: OpenBSD makes great servers/gateways/routers/anything, has a small footprint, is highly configurable - but requires some reading...

Greets
MoonMind

Last edited by MoonMind; 05-31-2005 at 05:48 PM.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Upgrade Kernel, distro, or switch distro? badmofo666 Linux - Newbie 9 12-20-2005 01:02 AM
which distro is a Gnu/Linux distro masand Linux - General 24 09-14-2005 06:26 PM
New SUSE Distro. - Which distro., should I buy or download? vcroww SUSE / openSUSE 11 08-24-2005 04:29 AM
Distro: Less scripting. Looking for mainly Elf binary based distro Z505 Linux - General 1 04-03-2005 12:33 AM
Exchanging packages from Distro to Distro. Can this be done? Satriani Linux - General 4 05-31-2003 05:08 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:01 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration