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Old 02-10-2006, 06:55 PM   #1
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What linux OS can run on an E machine i433 e tower (upraded with a 40 GB hard drive)

I am working on my friends old out dated piece of junk, and i am wondering what USER FRIENDLY linux os (he's a newbie to linux) can be installed on this machine. Something that is equivalent or better than windows 98 that does not exceed the expectations of the pc itself, and i really dont want to install windows 98 just because of the fact that i hate windows now!
Old 02-10-2006, 07:08 PM   #2
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Not sure about your hardware compatibility, but in general, install a bare bones system and build from there. I've always had good success with Debian. Install just the base system, and then add a lightweight gui and only the programs you want. Or you might try Damn Small Linux (a Debian spin off)...

To increase speed on an old system, you're probably going to have to recompile the kernel for that specific system. At least that's what I had to do on my old Celeron 400. Much more responsive than Windows 98...

Note that the internal modem may not work and the sound card may not work if it's a combo card (athough there have been some successes...).

Take both quizes in my signature to see if it helps point you at a good linux. Also check out DistroWatch and google for "low resource linux distro" or something like that.
Old 02-10-2006, 07:16 PM   #3
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thanks for that quick response, im'a look into it!!
Old 02-23-2006, 10:32 PM   #4
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well i had success in installing the debian base operating system, and it worked!
I was able to install Debian, thank goodness!

But...... (and with linux there is always a but)

now i have to install the lightweight gui, but i don't know how to do that in just the terminal, because that basic install of debian is only just the terminal and no gui.

Keep in mind that this pc doesn't have ethernet ports so i dont have access the web, only possible connection would be through dial up connection.

Now, is there a way i can make a cd with a gui on it so that i can install it that way. and if there is a way, where can i get that gui, and how can i get the system to run it from the cd?!

If someone can help me with this i will be extremely greatful!

Or is there by any chance another iso that has some sort of gui interface that is lightweight.
Old 02-27-2006, 08:40 PM   #5
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can anyone help me with this problem.


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