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Debootstrap Yourself, or "What is a good distro for my old computer?" (2)

Posted 12-01-2009 at 09:28 PM by ofaring (Debian, This That and the Other)
Updated 12-04-2009 at 09:53 AM by ofaring (Just a couple of minor changes.)

And why am I doing this instead of a normal install? Well, that involves a rain storm, an experiment, and an eBay purchase. The end result was not being able to boot from the CD-ROM. Since it's too old to boot from USB, and flashy new Linux kernels have forsaken floppy installs, my options narrowed considerably. During the course of my research I stumbled across "debootstrap", and the rest is written below.

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An obvious...
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"What is a good distro for my old computer?" (1)

Posted 11-24-2009 at 10:35 PM by ofaring (Debian, This That and the Other)

Toshiba Satellite 2590CDT, ~1999, 400 MHz Celeron, 192 MB RAM.

Yeah, baby. I'm using the old girl right now with Kate (based on KDE 3.5.10, more on that later.)

It seems to be a common question. Truth is, most of them would work. You just have to learn some of their ins/outs and then set up according to your needs. Of course, there are some which are almost entirely inappropriate for this 400 MHz Celeron processor with 192 MB of RAM. Take source-based distros like...
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Windows Secrets Touts Puppy Linux...!

Posted 03-22-2009 at 12:48 PM by SrDorothy

As I was reading Windows Secrets today, which I subscribe to since we still use a number of Windows machines, I came across a discussion of Windows 98 on old machines and using it for special purposes--but someone was asking about whether Win 98 supports USB. I immediately thought of Puppy Linux which we are using on an old machine --and here is part of Fred Langa's response (the March 19, 2009 Windows Secrets newsletter):

"If you use old hardware for normal day-to-day tasks...
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