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Old 05-16-2005, 07:45 AM   #1
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Which distro for PI 200 MMX


Any ideas on which is the best distro for running on a PI 200MMW with 96MB RAM. The idea is to run Wine and it will mainly be used for old games.

Old 05-16-2005, 09:02 AM   #2
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pretty much any distro will do what you are asking for, really... whichever distro you choose, i suggest that you go with something like XFCE or Fluxbox for a window manager, being that you only have 96MB of RAM and not much CPU power... XFCE and Fluxbox are usually included with most free distros... there's no "best distro" for anything, what you have is people's "favorite" distros...

BTW, why did you post this in the LFS forum??

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Old 05-16-2005, 09:32 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info.

I must have been mistaken with the name of the forum, though it was open to any distro tyoe question. Applologies if it is not so.
Old 05-16-2005, 12:13 PM   #4
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Moved: Not LFS specific, moved to regular Distributions forum.
Old 05-20-2005, 12:02 PM   #5
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try slackware
i also have a p200mmx with 64 mb of ram
it works fine, i just needed some swap space when running programs with guis in x cuz i was running out of ram
Old 05-20-2005, 07:17 PM   #6
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OpenBSD rocks on old hardware, Ive got it running nicely on a Pentium 166.
Old 05-29-2005, 11:58 AM   #7
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Try debian, slackware, damn small linux...

If trying debian maybe my guide at is of any use to you. I described how I install debian on my p1 166mhz. The most important choices are the windowmanager and the other applications you want to use.

Old 05-29-2005, 02:47 PM   #8
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gentoo, freebsd or slack would be your best bet, very good performance wise.
Old 06-01-2005, 08:56 PM   #9
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MiniSlack might be a good option for you. You can tell from the name it's a lightweight distro based on Slackware, but it comes with the XFCE4 desktop environment. Good luck!
Old 06-01-2005, 11:13 PM   #10
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funny coincidence, I have the same hardware specs on a computer I just made (about 5 of them lately) for a massive legacy doom multiplayer lan. I'm going to try to have 32 players on my 100mbps network, and I would like to know the best minimalist distro. I just installed the Debian distro on one from a net install disc, and although I'm somewhat of a newb, I'm not entirely new to linux, anymore. It did come with a package containing legacy doom, ran terrible when I tried to run it at fullscreen. the SDL version that came with the package ran great, but it did not support anything aside from the standard WAD file gameplay, meaning, no multiplier, no nothing. I'm using the onboard S3 virge chipset, so obviously there isn't that much room for video acceleration. I went ahead and tried to compile it, which I've been able to do on newer computers with other distros, however Debian is horrible when it comes to OpenGL or SDL support for that matter. I've hunted on the forums of legacy doom, which are great with compliation instructions, but only to find people encountered the same issues with compiling on debian as I had. Debian's package support, although not entirely different from slackware's, is quite limited to compared to mandrake's. For example, you have to install depencies manually, instead of it doing it automatically. Some of the dependencies that were missing for the packages didn't in fact exist in kpackage. Could somebody please point me in the right direction of a minimalist distro?

Oh and by the way, hard disk space is limited to 2 gb. I tried slackware 3.2 and 4.0, both of which did not have libraries new enough to compile legacy doom.

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Old 06-02-2005, 02:36 PM   #11
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I have a pentiumMMX 133 with 32 megs of ram.
I have run slackware and freebsd with fluxbox or < with no problems. What applications you use to get things done is a whole other ball of wax. Dillo isnt bad for web browsing, anything else I usualy keep an aterm open and see what I can find to use in the bash environment. SO really I guess there is no point for having X running unless you want graphical web browsing.
Old 06-02-2005, 04:31 PM   #12
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legacy doom requires X, though.

It's more of a graphics vendor compatibility issue. I'm using the onboard S3 virge video chipset and I cannot get it to run in fullscreen mode at the resolution 320x200. It immediately switches to 640x480, and the graphics chipset, memory, and CPU are all inadequate for that.
Old 06-03-2005, 11:43 AM   #13
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I'm using Vector on a 450 MHz. I don't have any machines any older than that. Vector moves pretty good for me. I've also read around here that it's pretty good for old hardware.



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