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Old 10-12-2004, 10:23 AM   #1
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Lightweight Linux for old hardware?

I recently acquired a 1996 Monorail 7366 all-in-one PC. It runs fine, and has the following attributes:

CPU: 116mhz
RAM: 32 MB
Video: 640x480 SVGA
CD-ROM: 4x
Floppy: 3.5"

Given this, I'm looking for a graphical Linux distribution that will run at least as quickly as the current OS (Windows 95) does. Preferably it will also be small in size, as I want to have as much space as possible available on the tiny HDD. Any suggestions?
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DamnSmallLinux ?

It's 50mb and I'm pretty sure it has a light wieght GUI.

Old 10-13-2004, 12:28 PM   #3
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Great, thanks.

Is that the only one? How about text-based distros?
Old 10-13-2004, 12:45 PM   #4
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It's not the only one. Search the board with keywords "old" "laptop" for example.
Old 10-13-2004, 04:38 PM   #5
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VectorLinux might fit the bill too. It's based on Slackware and specifically aimed at older PC desktops and laptops. Works like a charm on my 166MHz Pentium "Classic" laptop with 40MB RAM.

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SmallLinux is small (two floppies), lightweight (no GUI preinstalled), and Slack-based. I run it on my laptop (486SX 33Mhz, 4MB of RAM, 200MB harddrive, 640x480 VGA monitor) as a C development station.
Old 10-13-2004, 08:32 PM   #7
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Cheers guys, you rock.


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