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Old 03-11-2006, 04:53 PM   #1
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Linux on old pc

A friend of mine has got an old pc in her house - a pentium 1 with only 4 GB of hard drive and probably 64 MB of ram (could be 128, not sure).
I want to turn that old pc into a multimedia machine (for playing music and video files only) and it doesn't even need to be connected to the internet.

I've browsed this site - and came across these Distros as suitable for such a purpose:
  • MoviX2
  • Mulimidix
  • freepia

I've never heard of any these distros, so I'm hoping to hear your feedback on the subject, and also suggestions of other distros you think are better.
I might add that the main user will be my friend's 14 years old daughter, who's never used Linux before - so the distro in question can't be text based only.
Old 03-11-2006, 11:11 PM   #2
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the pc is too slow. fine it can play mp3 and maybe vcd files but it will not play divx movies.
Old 03-12-2006, 12:02 AM   #3
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Ok, you might be right (again, i'm not too sure about the exact specifics - since that pc was able to run games like FIFA 2001 on win 98 at the time).

However, my question was about what distro i should be looking for, that could pull the job nicely - any suggestions?
Old 03-12-2006, 10:31 PM   #4
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damn small should work just fine,its nice n small.
Old 04-02-2006, 12:57 PM   #5
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If the pc runs Fifa01, it will probably have 128mb ram or more..
Old 04-07-2006, 11:45 AM   #6
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Try Zenwalk!
Old 04-07-2006, 11:55 PM   #7
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You can also try Puppy Linux (If you don't have that much ram, try the Lite version). Also Damn Small Linux is a very good choice also.



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