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Old 04-13-2004, 11:22 PM   #1
hayden123
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Unhappy Which distro should I use on a pentium I?


I have an old(er) PC running windoze 95 currently. It has a 100 mhz pentium I processor, 40 mb RAM, 1 mb crap video card, an HP CD-writer (nicked from my main PC) a 2 gb hard drive and yeah. I only have mandrake 9.1 and 10.0 which are too bulky to work well. I want to be able to browse the net mostly, also use e-mail. My monitor is dodgy and only runs well at 1024x768 so it would need to run at that resolution (I know it sounds weird but it's true!). I have a modem but am yet to get it to work under win95 which is amazing considering that it worked with no special drivers under win3.1. I'm starting to get sick of windoze 95, it's so crap and it would be good to have linux running on this machine it's just that I'm really not sure which distro and version I should use. Can anyone help me? I'm just a.....
 
Old 04-13-2004, 11:42 PM   #2
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To run in console/text mode only - any distro.
To choose just the right software yourself during install - some distros.
To install it the way it is - Vector Linux. Though they have raised prefered RAM from 32 to 64 with the latest release. The docs seem to say it will still run on less than 64.
 
Old 04-13-2004, 11:47 PM   #3
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i think damn small linux , its only 50 mb and uses fluxbox which is faster than kde and gnome and its a live cd so u can try it b4 installing it

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/
 
Old 04-14-2004, 08:13 PM   #4
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Thanks for your replies. I had a look at the D.S.L site and I found a link to "bonzai linux". I am downloading it at the moment. It's a 180mb iso so it'll take a while on my 56k modem. I guess it will work on my 586. The site didn't have a huige amount of help and where there was a lot of help, it was in German. I know a wee bit of German but not enough to understand technical manuals. Has anyone heard of/tried this bonzai linux thing? The homepage is: http://developer.berlios.de/projects/bonzai/

Again thanks for replying! I was amazed how quickly people reply to posts on such a big forum!
 
Old 04-14-2004, 08:25 PM   #5
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no problem

no i havent tried it but u could check out its reviews at :

http://www.distrowatch.com/table.php...ibution=bonzai
 
Old 04-14-2004, 08:26 PM   #6
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i'd recommend downloading the latest stable version of debian (woody) from debian.org . I have a pentium 133mhz laptop with 16 megs of ram and a 1.4 gig hard drive and a 2 meg vid card. I installed the the base packages along with the x window system and made sure not to install kde or gnome or anything else that was extraneous. after getting it to work, i used "apt-get install blackbox" which installs a very lightweight window manager. from there u can install whatever web browser u want, along with anything else.

p.s. make sure that when u put in the install disc, theres a screen that comes up and says something like "press enter for the default install" DONT DO THAT. type in "df24" then hit enter. that installs the newer 2.4 kernel instead of the bare bones 2.2 kernel in the default install.
 
Old 04-18-2004, 10:55 PM   #7
hayden123
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Well I've splashed out and bought a 7 CD of deb for $12.70 (NZ). (That's not very much). I'll have a go at it as soon as it arrives here.
 
Old 04-19-2004, 04:06 AM   #8
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Excellent site for free downloads of popular distros: www.linuxiso.org

That being said, I'd recommend taking a look at Slackware. Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux. -- J.W.
 
Old 04-21-2004, 03:20 AM   #9
hayden123
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Hey, I bought the CD's because there's no way that I would download a full size ISO, let aone 7, with my 56k modem. Oh and thanks for the welcome J.W. Although I have been using linux for just over a year on my main PC, there's no harm in being welcomed again!
 
  


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