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You should be able to get Slack working on that machine. I don't think you will be able to use X with only 64mb's of ram. Maybe... Use a light WM like Fluxbox or something (maybe even lighter than flux) and a decent size swap. I boot at like 50-60mb's using a full Slack 9.1 install and Flux as a window manager. See if the machine can handle 128mb's of ram. You will be able to make a lot more happen if you can get in that range.
You might want to try running smallx instead of the full X-Window system.
Their homepage says: smallX is a subset of the X Window System for Linux on Intel machines that will run on a system with as little as 4 megs of ram memory. The hard disk foot print is about 3 megs. This package includes rxvt (a reduced version of xterm) and a small window manager (wm2). Uses libc 5.0.
The project hasn't been updated since 2000 but there are sure to be other projects if you look around. I think with small x its hard to use a window manager other than what they provide but I'm not sure.
Ok the computer im on now is a 200mHz with 160 ram (which i got for free) and im using xfce and its going good little glity everyonce inawhile but its still good its chuggin but its going good hehe anyways good luck i would run on there if i was you maybe get some more ram and you'll be good!!!
I just installed Slackware 9.0 on a test machine I built. Its a 233mhz 128MB of RAM system with an 8MB video card running smoothly with no problems. I attempted to load Gnome but it was a little slower but XFce, WindowMaker and all the other smaller WM and Desktops work fine on it. I also customized it and it actually boots to the console in about 20 seconds...
With 400mhz machine though and plenty of RAM, you could run Gnome or KDE even. I have another machine that is a 400mhz Celeron that runs Gnome just fine. Its 1.4 version but I don't think there is that much difference in resources taken from 1.4 to some of the later versions.
I have installed Slackware 9.0 on an old Toshiba laptop with a 133 MHz Pentium and 64 MB of RAM. I used Fluxbox as a window manager and xfm for file management (although if I had used it for any length of time I probably would have found something else for file management, like Gentoo file manager (nothing to do with Gentoo distribution), for example). It would choke a little when I ran Mozilla (although not that bad - mostly just very slow to load up). Just keep your expectations in line with the hardware, and remember that more RAM would help a lot.
i have a 75mhz laptop with 40 megs of ram runs slackware 9 just fine
and my main computer is a 550mhz with 512mb ram and runs it also just fine with multple gnome gtk-gnutella opera bluefish gnome-terminal xchat xmms running at the same time with three users logged on to their own x displays