Noob question about Mandrake 10.1 system requirements...
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Mandrake likes a 500mhz processor and 64 mb ram. If you try to install without GUI, you might be able to do it. You could likely run X on that machine, but I'd use fluxbox, icewm, or windowmaker as the windowmanager. Mandrake's default install is 1400mb of software, so you'd want to select less.
Honestly, you'd be better off with Slackware or Debian on your laptop, as you can get away with more on fewer system resources. Don't go with a 2.6 kernel with that little ram. Debian Woody with the latest 2.2 kernel would be one of the best options.
Last edited by vectordrake; 03-06-2005 at 02:08 PM.
Originally posted by bunnadik I disagree.
A minimum install of MDK10.1 should be no more than 300MB's. I installed a couple of scanner servers
with 10.0 and ended up with 222MB used (minimum system + saned, no docs or mans)
Some lightweight WM and light programs should work with 40MB RAM.
What are you planning on using it for?
I agree partially with you. I am basing my recommendation on experience. The least powerful machine that I installed Linux on was a P-120 with 48mb ram. It had a 1.1G hd. I successfully installed Debian Woody with Windowmaker an lots of appsmin about 600mb. When I tried to use Gnome 2.0 or KDE 1.4, the machine was quite sluggish, because of the slow processor and lack of RAM. I found that the 2.4 kernel was more ram-intensive than the 2.2, and the machine worked much better with 2.2. FreeBSD 5.0 was faster, but still performed sluggishly with KDE. I realize that nearly any distro can be minimally installed (as that's how I usually try to do it when playing with a new one). I do know that a minimum install of Mandrake will confuse the heck out of a newbie if urpmi (and rpmdrake, etc) are forgotten in the install process (yes, I've done a minimum -no X install of Mandrake as well).
I have a question about the need for office software? Will you need the whole suite? Is OpenOffice the only choice you're considering? Its slow to load on a powerful machine. If you're just using the word processor, you might want to consider Abiword, which is powerful but much "lighter". Or, Koffice for the whole shebang. Its come a long way and can be installed without KDE.
edit: find out if you can take a faster processor in that laptop and if there's no difference between mobile and desktop processors back then. I have a 133 and a 166 laying around. Use the email link below if you're interested in one of them (spring is coming and they may not be staying...)
Last edited by vectordrake; 03-07-2005 at 05:40 AM.
Again, been there, done that. Kernel 2.2 for that amount of ram (its still maintained and up to date) and no graphical installer. Laptop ram is hard to match up (but that's what ebay's for). My processor offer is still open, Eerath (if it'll handle mmx, I have a 233)