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Old 10-18-2009, 08:55 AM   #1
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Question Which version of Linux will work on this old machine?


Hello everyone. I have been searching and cant find what information I need. I have an old Compaq Presario 4540, I want to install Linux on it, a friend suggested Ubuntu. I tried to install it, but it wont work, because this machine is a AMD 200Mhz with 16mB of Ram, with a 2 GB 5.25 hard drive, which on a side note, freaked me out when I opened it up, havent seen one of those huge ones in a while, heheh. Anyways, does anyone know which version of Linux will run decent with a GUI on this dinosaur? It can be an older version of something new, or something new. What ever will install and run without being to awful. I just want this machine to play with nothing major. Thanks in advance for your help.

-Jay
 
Old 10-18-2009, 09:06 AM   #2
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you want to run a GUI on 16meg of RAM! it can be done but i don't suggest it.

Go here > http://distrowatch.com/search.php then scroll down a bit and tick "Old computers" in the Distribution category. Then down a bit more and tick "i386" and "i486" in Architecture. That will give you some suggestions

But seriously think about not using a GUI on that machine, it will only slow everything down and break you heart at the same time.

 
Old 10-18-2009, 09:07 AM   #3
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try puppylinux --> http://www.puppylinux.com/ or dsl linux http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

There is lots of documentation and puppy is aimed at your needs.
 
Old 10-18-2009, 09:35 AM   #4
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Puppy needs min 128 MB RAM
Or you add more RAM or add a networkcard
and install a minimal debian, and use the comp as router/firewall.

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Old 10-18-2009, 09:48 AM   #5
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Smile Thanks

Thanks again for your quick replys. I found DeLi Linux 0.8.0 Full, and it looks really promising. I will get it downloaded and installed, god willing and the creek dont rise. Ill let you guys know if it works. Thanks.

-Jay
 
Old 10-18-2009, 12:20 PM   #6
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Thumbs up Deli Linux 0.8

Installed and working GREAT. The GUI works super smooth, hard to believe this dinosaur can run so fast. Thanks again for your help!

-Jay
 
Old 10-18-2009, 12:28 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by jaysonandkarenjohnson View Post
Installed and working GREAT. The GUI works super smooth, hard to believe this dinosaur can run so fast. Thanks again for your help!

-Jay
Great.
If you want, you can mark the thread solved for further references
 
Old 10-18-2009, 12:31 PM   #8
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I'm really impressed.
I was a little sceptical when i saw your hardware specs.
Good work!.
 
Old 10-18-2009, 03:41 PM   #9
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deli linux

This is of interest to me but I wonder is it supported?

Previously I have tried a few small scale 'distros' but none so 'efficient'. One being a slimline version of Crunchbang that only uses graphics when necessary. Away to download Deli!

Fred.
 
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This is of interest to me but I wonder is it supported?
http://www.delilinux.org/wiki/doku.p...eases:releases
http://www.delilinux.org/forum/topic.php?id=1002

I wonder about security updates.
 
Old 10-18-2009, 11:24 PM   #11
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thanks
 
Old 10-18-2009, 11:53 PM   #12
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you make some damn good points and I did n't know red hat 6 still hat some support places! Don't want to spend that much time fannying though. User be where.

Fred.
 
  


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