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Old 11-13-2006, 05:20 PM   #1
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What distro should I try for an old (6 yr) computer

The computer was bought in 2000, a friend gave it to me because I fixed her laptop.

I was wondering what old linux O.S distro can I put in there.

The computer has the following specs:
AMD Duron something processor (700 MHZ)
NVidia 16 MB video card, it's older than the Geforce MX series, Can't remember.
80 Gigs of hard drive space

I tried Ubuntu but it won't even go into live cd. I tried Fedora Core 2 but it says that minimum 128 MB of RAM for desktop. I was checking out Damn Small Linux but I am undecided.

I want to use the computer like a storage, where I can download my torrent files and put it there so that windows and linux can read those files (I think I need a FAT32 so that both O.S. can read the files, correct me if I am wrong). Just to download files, and use Azureus or any other bittorrent client.
Old 11-13-2006, 05:29 PM   #2
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Id suggest the coming Vector 5.8 - based on Slack
Old 11-13-2006, 05:34 PM   #3
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Almost any distro will work, but you'll probably have to use a lightweight window manager. Each installer is a little different as to how you select which packages to install. But basically you want to disable Gnome/KDE at install and use XFCE, windowmaker, icewm, etc. instead. If you want to try Ubuntu, download and use Xubuntu (uses XFCE instead of Gnome/KDE). Or buy more RAM.

Now if you don't need a gui, I'd say install Debian from a netinstall CD. You'll get a text only prompt. Here's a good site on how to setup a lot of things from the command line. Then if you want a desktop, you can always aptitude install x-window-system icewm synaptic as root and get yourself a pretty gui.

You definitely don't need a FAT32 partition for network sharing, only if Windows and Linux on are on the same machine. Over a network, all the files get converted to bits and bytes for sending and decoded by the OS. You just need to setup Samba.
Old 11-13-2006, 08:15 PM   #4
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Try Slax Popcorn if you like fiddling about a bit, and learning much at the same time. It may take a little time to get all the modules right, but the result is low memory usage. And it can be copied / used from a FAT32 partition.
Old 11-15-2006, 02:54 PM   #5
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I tried with Vector Linux and it won't start the internet browser (I tried Opera and some other lightweight browser that was there).

The installation program it's very difficult.
Old 11-15-2006, 03:49 PM   #6
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In your situation, I would also try Xubuntu--and make it the "Alternate Install CD." The others require more RAM.
Old 11-15-2006, 04:04 PM   #7
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I used an old version of Slackware on an i386 box with minimal memory. You might want to give 10.2 a try.
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Slackware 11.0 should work fine, maybe use XFCE4 as the desktop instead of KDE or Gnome
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Try Zenwalk.

Old 11-16-2006, 11:31 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by fotoguy
Slackware 11.0 should work fine, maybe use XFCE4 as the desktop instead of KDE or Gnome
I agree - I just finished installing Slack 11 on an old laptop - 150MHz Compaq w/ 96MB system RAM, 1MB video RAM. I'm running Fluxbox instead of XFCE4, but XFCE also runs acceptably. I can run Firefox 2.0 with no problems (other than it's not exactly "quick" ) For the OP - If at all possible, try to get additional RAM.


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