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Old 07-15-2004, 12:57 PM   #1
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Question Distro recommendation.....


First post...woohoo!

I have an a chance to inheirit an old Compaq Presario 2240.

Intel 200 Mhz
16 MB of RAM (I can upgrade to a max of 48 MB)
Sound Blaster 16 Soundcard
2 GB HD
16x CD-ROM
Onboard NIC (I think)


Any recommendation on what distro to load? Also, what can I run on this box? DNS? DHCP? Sendmail? Webserver?

I know a GUI is probably out of the question...but if I don't have one, its no big deal. I have to learn the command line anyway.

I 've been messing around with Linux for 2 or so years....I know enough to be dangerous but not useful....( I hate that! )

Any input would be appreciated.


Thanks!
WalkingOnMars

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Old 07-15-2004, 01:34 PM   #2
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Re: Distro recommendation.....

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Also, what can I run on this box? DNS? DHCP? Sendmail? Webserver?
Yes, yes, yes, and yes. I have a Pentium 133MHz with 64MB and 2GB doing all the above.

You'd be a lot better off topping off the RAM. It should be pretty cheap.

A GUI isn't out of the question... A light one anyway. No KDE or GNOME. Fluxbox comes up a lot on the forum.

As for a disto, most have a minimal installation option. I prob'ly wouldn't pick the latest version, but a year-or-two-old would be fine. RedHat, Mandrake, and SuSE are usually recommended to newbies. Slackware or Debian can be installed with a really small footprint, and would run great on the box. They are a bit more involved with installing, though.
 
Old 07-15-2004, 03:37 PM   #3
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max out your ram. If its the old 72 pin EDO, you should be able to get it nearly free now. You may be able to add more than you realize as well. That stuff can come in 128mb sticks, but 16-32 is more common.

Try Debian Woody. If you install the base system, you can actually install over the internet. The base will take about 30mb. Add X and Fluxbox or XFCE4 and you have a light GUI for the fun stuff. You should have few problems getting a light setup like that on there. If Woody is too new, try Deli Linux instead. Its small and light and intended for 486-p-1s
 
Old 07-15-2004, 03:39 PM   #4
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Try Slax or Damn small Linux.
 
Old 07-16-2004, 08:53 AM   #5
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Thumbs up thank you!!

Wow!

Thanks for the replies! I appreciate everyone's opinion....


Do ya'll think that a media server (ie mp3's, mpg's, avi's, wmv's....etc) would be feasable with this box? (with a bigger HD of course...) :P


Hmmm...fluxbox, huh? ....gotta do some research on that, sounds promising....




Any other cool uses or distro's recommendation....

Please keep 'em comin'....




-WOM
 
Old 07-16-2004, 05:13 PM   #6
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If you max out your ram, you can serve files with decent performance. If I understand what you mean, you want to serve the files to other computers, then not a problem. Get a decent NIC card 10/100 and you'll be fine. You cound play mp3s on this box but video is not feasable (unless its just the odd mpeg)
 
Old 07-16-2004, 09:33 PM   #7
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Try Vector or DeLi. They are both made to run on old hardware
 
Old 07-17-2004, 02:06 AM   #8
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Vector is a good idea. It's very Slack-like, lightweight, and fast.
If you know how to set up your partitions, the rest of the install
is almost automatic.
 
Old 07-20-2004, 08:43 AM   #9
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Installation fun

Well, thanks to all who gave their $0.02....

The box now has 48 MB of RAM ( speed demon) and a 10/100NIC. We are good to go!!!

Now let's get Linux on that bad boy!!

So, I tried to install Fedora, first....

"Not enough ram to install"....

Well, let's try Suse 9.1 Personal......kernel panic?!? D'oh!

Well lets try RH 9.....installed like a champ!

I just downloadedl Vector Linux and Fluxbox yesterday, I am going to give it a shot this weekend. I'll let you know how it goes.


Thank you again to all!

WOM

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