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Old 12-09-2008, 03:11 PM   #1
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Resurrection of Old PC with Debian: which Debian distro/cdrom?


An amazing machine with huge and allmighty capabilities
380 MHz AMD-K6
gratefully powered with 64MB of ram

Could it own Debian?
which Debian distro/cdrom would you recommend?
Just for a internet, got with wifi running and surfing with X.

I guess that kde 1.0 or kde 2.0 was running very fast on it.

From scratch or can I get an already sources.list for old pc with old stable stuffs - debian ?

I found some debs there, might I use them? and concerning the cdrom?
http://archive.debian.org/debian/dists/

Is there someone that could post an iso of potato preferably eg?
(free is linux )

thank you !

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Old 12-09-2008, 04:21 PM   #2
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I have installed Debian etch on a P133 MMX with 32 MB of RAM and chose a lightweight desktop such as LXDE or XFCE4 and it ran. it was no high performance machine but it did work, browse the net, etc. . You could give that a shot, and see what happens. If you try to go back to something like potatoe you may as well forget getting your wireless to work, I doubt there would be much of a chance.

Alternately there are distros that are geared towards older hardware DSL Puppy, vector, etc..

If you can get more RAM into that machine it will help a LOT, regardless of what distro you choose.

here is alink to Debian with XFCE as the default desktop http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/...-xfce-CD-1.iso

or you can install the Debian base using a netinstall CD image (uncheck Desktop-environment at the package selection screen during install), then manually install X and a desktop environment of your choice.

aptitude install xserver-xorg-core xserver-xorg xorg lxde xdm

you can substitude whatever desktop you want for lxde.
 
Old 12-09-2008, 05:36 PM   #3
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the cdrom is dead, no way.

So I have to use floppy disks.

Isnt there the debian wooody floppy disks for the netinstall ??
I'll have to use the wireless for 2.4 kernel type.

I am sure it is possible, Debian is great.

Where could I find those precious woody netinstall floppy disks ??
for free of course ,cuz it's linux linus


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http://www.genacker.de/x31/install-woody.html

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Old 12-09-2008, 07:13 PM   #4
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floppies
http://www.debian.org/distrib/netinst

Distro archives
http://www.debian.org/distrib/archive

I still don't think you need to go back to an old distro that is no longer supported, but feel free.
 
Old 12-09-2008, 07:23 PM   #5
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I would also recommend using the Etch netinstall floppies instead.
 
Old 12-10-2008, 02:23 AM   #6
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I would also recommend using the Etch netinstall floppies instead.
Etch is slow as hell
even with kernel 2.6.18
 
Old 12-10-2008, 02:24 AM   #7
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floppies
http://www.debian.org/distrib/netinst

Distro archives
http://www.debian.org/distrib/archive

I still don't think you need to go back to an old distro that is no longer supported, but feel free.
no woody disks exists any longer
but the apt-get install can still work
since there is all over the world full of pool for sources.list for all debians
 
Old 12-10-2008, 06:59 AM   #8
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How much hard drive space do you have? You forgot to mention that. I would see how you would want an older version for an older computer (all retro and what not) but I would suggest at least etch for the security updates.

Back to the main subject, Xfce is very light and fast. Fluxbox is also very light. For a system as slow as yours I would go with something without all the bells and whistles, ratpoison comes to mind. Check out these following links, one might suite your tastes.

http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Deskt...son-3960.shtml
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Deskt...me-31060.shtml
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Deskt...fce-2024.shtml
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Deskt...uxbox-90.shtml
 
Old 12-10-2008, 07:29 AM   #9
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Hello all.

Currently have a laptop with similar spec (except for the unknown hd) :
Compaq presario 1247
AMD K6-2 3dnow
196 Megs ram (maximum possible upgrade $10.00US including shipping)
30 gig Hard drive (also upgraded from 4 gig)

Slackware ran descent on the system as well as a minimal Debian install similar to that previously described.

Running Gentoo on it now, floppy and cd-rom do not work but to install Gentoo only have to get it to boot and setup internet to download. Gentoo can be installed building off of a currently existing Linux platform.

I can give you a list of what is installed and the old Debian set-up I ran and you could re-design from there to work well if you want it. But it is running 80% free on resources so might work ok with your ram.

Note compile times in Gentoo do take a WHILE on these systems unless you cross compile from another system.

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Old 12-10-2008, 11:36 AM   #10
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Lot of ideas... hmm ... lot to try

Search floppy disks of debian woody ?
 
Old 12-10-2008, 12:56 PM   #11
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Even worst machine for woody :
http://www.arricc.net/storm.php#more-14
 
Old 12-10-2008, 01:39 PM   #12
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I think I found the disks
but i am not sure

is that those famous woody disks,?
http://archive.debian.org/debian/dis...1/images-1.44/
 
Old 12-10-2008, 05:02 PM   #13
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I think I found the disks
but i am not sure

is that those famous woody disks,?
http://archive.debian.org/debian/dis...1/images-1.44/
seems to be working ...
in progress ... http://linux.binarystorm.net/gnu-debian/ is great help !
 
Old 12-10-2008, 05:28 PM   #14
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Now the installation of the woody asks for base files ...

well I havent any cdrom nor pcmcia working.

That means I have to use an usb pendrive to mount it to feed the woody.

but kernel of hte rescue.bin disk is 2.2, so no usb...

what to do now, to power Debian? I know there is Debian fans too here and fervant users to Debian
 
Old 12-10-2008, 06:36 PM   #15
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Not a serious debian users but:

Try the images from here, not sure on its version but it says current:

http://http.us.debian.org/debian/dis...images/floppy/



You may or may not need this one on burning the images:

http://www.debian.org/releases/stabl...h04s03.html.en

found :
http://www.debian.org/releases/stabl...en#floppy-boot


Good luck.. I'm curious about the kernel version on these but do not have a functional floppy so post if you don't mind .

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