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Old 02-18-2002, 01:57 PM   #1
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Linux on an Older Computer

A friend of mine from school has a computer with a p133 cpu, 32mb ram, a 1mb video card etc... he is extremely interested in putting linux on that... im thinking mandrake 8.1 might be extremely slow... what would be a good distro for this?
Old 02-18-2002, 02:04 PM   #2
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well yeah.. with a p133, X will be slow with any distro.. but there shouldn't be any problems loading linux on the machine..
Old 02-19-2002, 08:58 AM   #3
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a big reason i ask is that with my other computer: 200mmx with 32 mb of ram, sometimes with the install i get a freeze up... any idea why that happens?
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Well, if you don't use KDE or GNOME, Linux is still going to be quite fast with a P200. I haven't tried out KDE 1.x on an older machine... it seems to be a lot faster. If it is still too slow, you might consider giving up XFree as a last possibility. If you can buy another 32Mb of ram, the system will be much faster....
The freeze problem: Well, I had an AMD 233 with 32Mb of ram and while installing Mandrake 8.1, the computer gave up, i.e. it froze. Probably, it didn't have enough memory. Then, i tried SuSe 7.0. With the text-only installation, no freezing anymore. As far as I know, Mandrake 8.1 also brings along a text based setup. You might want to try this one.
Old 02-19-2002, 02:57 PM   #5
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I've got a P1 200 running Slack 7.1 and Gnome, BDS4.4 and Enlightenment, and LFS, X4.2, and KDE and no problems. 64 Megs of RAM and a 2 Mb Vid card. Mandy 8.1 is just a little bloated. Slack 8 would probably be fine.


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Try these:

-- FreeBSD 4.x (yeah its not linux but it runs well on older systems)

-- Slackware 8 (if your friend has the nerve to play around with it a while)


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