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Old 04-04-2004, 07:17 PM   #1
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Mandrake 9.2 on PIII with 64MB RAM?


Hi,

I recently installed Mandrake 9.2 on my IBM R40 laptop and I'm quite happy with what turned out and I'm now thinking of installing Mandrake 9.2 on my old desktop PC, a PIII 700MHz, 64 MB RAM, running on Windows 98 currently.

Just wondering if its possible to install Mandrake 9.2 on a machine with only 64MB RAM?
Though Mandrake's website states that a min of 64MB is required for Mandrake 9.2, but it still recommends something more than that. May I know if anyone has successfully installed 9.2 on a 64MB machine before?

If Mandrake 9.2 doesnt run well on a 64MB machine, can anyone please suggest any other older version or any other distro which runs perfectly! I dont wanna upgrade my PC...its not worth spending any more on it, as I mostly use my new laptop for work.

Thanks in advance,
 
Old 04-04-2004, 07:20 PM   #2
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Ram is cheap, so that might be worthwhile if you're actually going to use the machine.

otherwise: gentoo might be workable, because you only have to install as much as you need to use. With an older machine like that, I'd suggest using distcc to do the compilation on a faster computer.
 
Old 04-04-2004, 07:30 PM   #3
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mandrake should work fine as long as you use something lighter than kde or gnome... maybe something like xfce, or icewm:

http://www.xfce.org

http://www.icewm.org

i think they are both included in mandrake...


have you thought about slackware???

http://www.slackware.com/

http://www.slackware-advocacy.org/

=)
 
Old 04-04-2004, 10:32 PM   #4
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have you thought about slackware???

http://www.slackware.com/

http://www.slackware-advocacy.org/

=)
took a look at the Slackware website this morning....man i'm telling you, that website of slackware looks damn scary!!! it looks like slackware is for the gurus not for newbies like me. there's no installation manual, of course theres one but that doesnt explain even 1% of what we're supposed to do; no pictures in the manual....i wonder if slackware has got a GUI installation program or not.....and there are so many packages i dont know which one to download....
 
Old 04-04-2004, 10:35 PM   #5
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mandrake should work fine as long as you use something lighter than kde or gnome... maybe something like xfce, or icewm:

http://www.xfce.org

http://www.icewm.org

i think they are both included in mandrake...
yup both are included in mandrake...but they suck man!!! I want either KDE or GNOME...any idea as to whether which distro can run on KDE within 64MB? what about fedora/suse/redhat older versions?
 
Old 04-04-2004, 10:49 PM   #6
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u ***MUST*** try slackware 9.1 . even though it doesnt have manuals or gui installation, the textmode installation is very simple.
Just give it a try and u'll fall in love with it. and ofcourse u will learn a lot abt linux which u wont learn in any easy disto.
 
Old 04-05-2004, 12:11 AM   #7
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dude, kde and gnome will have the same hardware requirements on any distro you put them on...

if you wanna run kde or gnome fairly decently then buy some ram, or else just settle for having them run half-assed...


by the way, slackware has a nice guide to help you with initial configuration:

http://www.slackware.com/config/
 
Old 04-05-2004, 12:22 AM   #8
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If Slackware scares you, there's always Vector Linux:

http://www.vectorlinux.com

It's a more "user-friendly" Slackware-based distribution, and comfortably runs on older hardware. The download and live versions include the XFce and IceWM you've already denounced, as well as fluxbox (how can anyone hate fluxbox?). I run it on an old HP (200-something-Mhz, 64MB RAM) and like it very much.

The Deluxe (read "pay") Edition includes KDE and GNOME, and the product page seems to suggest that 64MB would be okay.
 
Old 04-05-2004, 12:52 AM   #9
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Originally posted by DesiLILO
they suck man!!!
NO, THEY DON'T.

they are very useful to people who don't have the ability or the desire to run a full-blown desktop environment such as kde or gnome on their boxes...

imagine a poor school in colombia (or wherever)... 30 computers, each a 486 (100mhz) with 32MB RAM and 1GB disk running windows 3.11 (re-installed for like the 150th time)... they want to upgrade to gnu/linux... to install kde or gnome they'd have to upgrade the hardware on each of the 30 computers, and because they have no money for that, it looks like the kids are gonna be stuck using windows 3.11 for another ten years... unless of course they used something like, for example, blackbox... then they could have all the boxes running the latest linux without having to invest a dime in hardware upgrades...

and then they wouldn't have to work in the coca fields 32 weekends straight to pay for the black-market pentiums...

=)

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Old 04-05-2004, 01:19 AM   #10
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they are very useful to people who don't have the ability or the desire to run a full-blown desktop environment such as kde or gnome on their boxes...
you certainly have a nice point there....but i'm not from columbia nor from cocaine fields....haha....thank god i'm in singapore! I just want something nice looking on my desktop....tats why I wanna KDE or GNOME on my linux box

as everyone seems to suggest, i'm thinking of upgrading my RAM now....i dont want to install linux and endup with a window system thats looks worse than the current win 98!
 
  


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