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Old 10-16-2005, 01:24 PM   #1
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Linux on old machine with big hard drive

I want to install Linux on an machine with the following specs:
pentium 1 - 100Mhz
1MB Video Card

The thing is, i have ez-bios running on it to have it use a 20GB disk, so space is not a problem.

Most of the distributions i've seen, like DeLi linux, that are directed towards use with old computers, use instalation size as one of its main conformisms.

So, i want to know which linux distribution do you recommend for this case?

thanks in advanced

edit: oh right, being a bit preemptive: how do you install linux on a system that does not boot from cd? anything here?

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Old 10-16-2005, 01:59 PM   #2
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Check and spec out a distro perhaps that is listed on that will fit and suit your needs.
Old 10-16-2005, 03:21 PM   #3
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Just about any distro will fit it. Your main problem is going to be the RAM. That's going to limit your gui capabilities. Instead of full-featured environments like KDE and Gnome, you'll want to use a lightweight gui like Fluxbox or FVWM, both of which are very customizable so you can still make them look nice.
Old 10-16-2005, 04:26 PM   #4
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trickyid, what do you mean by spec out?

Thank you for the advice on the environment selection, dracolich.

Still, i would like some suggestions regarding which distribution to use, even if it is by the added support for the environments you suggested.

The second question i made, about how to boot from a disk, remains, although of less importance right now.
Old 10-16-2005, 04:53 PM   #5
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you will need to use one of the non rpm/redhat style distributions like
debian or slackware.

i used a very tweeked version of LFS on a machine exactly like that once only i put more RAM in it
something you should think about doing as well
and was able to run KDE anything i wanted the whole nine yards
Old 10-16-2005, 10:19 PM   #6
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thank you for the suggestions, foo_bar_foo.

i think i found out what you meant, dragonlich,


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