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Old 10-06-2004, 08:03 PM   #1
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New distro for old 'puter?

I spent the better part of the afternoon over at reading up on the mind-boggling array of linux flavors out there. What I'm trying to find is something that will enable a decent GUI and basic "average Joe" programs on an old Compaq Presario with a 233 Mhz P2 and 64 megs of RAM. What I'm running into is a problem with GNOME and/or KDE and/or X being big, fat RAM hogs that essentially render the machine unusable after starting. I could install Slack 3.x from my old CD-ROMs, but that seems kind of pointless. So my questions are these:

Can anyone recommend a newish distro that will work on an oldish machine?


Aside from the obvious stopping of unneeded services and reduction of color depth, are there any tricks for making X/GNOME/KDE run (or even jog) on a RAM-challenged machine?

Old 10-06-2004, 08:31 PM   #2
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Try Damn Small Linux and/or Vector Linux; they're both designed to run on older hardware and include light weight window managers more appropriate for your system specs.
Old 10-06-2004, 08:33 PM   #3
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i would give up the idea of gnome or kde, fast (because it's not going to be ).

try for as lean a distro as possible. debian base install from the installer would be a good choice, or maybe something like vector. then with some tweaking (compile custom kernel, turn off services, hdparm, etc.), a window manager like fluxbox or ICEwm should be okay. i've used ICEwm on a 300mhz with 64mb and it was not bad at all.
Old 10-06-2004, 08:39 PM   #4
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do you plan on using this box to surf the web.....??

if not then try.....Slackware 8.0 or 8.1
the X server and KDE/Gnome are pretty good on NOT hogging
resources........OR get Slackware 9 and install fluxbox! this setup just
might be what you are looking for-------
Old 10-07-2004, 12:02 AM   #5
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According to their web page your machine will run Damn Small (X, desktop, browser) with ease.


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