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Old 10-21-2007, 08:03 PM   #1
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Question file server OS for only 40mb ram + 133mhz CPU

I need an OS to use as a file server that will fit the specs of my "older-then-time-itself" computer. they are as follows:

** ~40 megs of RAM
* (maxed out i think)
** 3 HDDs
* #1 15GB for OS/storage
* #2 15GB for storage
* #3 20GB for storage
** P2 133Mhz CPU
** CDrom (doesn't boot)
** Floppy for booting
** Ethernet card
** Generic video card

I'm currently running a very minimal Debian with samba but its a bit heavy on the ram thus making transfers very slow

any solutions are appreciated

Last edited by tommytomthms5; 10-22-2007 at 06:49 AM. Reason: making it say more
Old 10-21-2007, 10:03 PM   #2
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If your looking for server for storage maybe give FreeNAS a try, it has low over head, and headless the only problem I can see is the boot problem. If you dig around you may be able to do a network install.

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Old 10-22-2007, 06:46 AM   #3
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dang it requires 128mb of ram another problem is this computers so old i think its maxed out on ram all the slots are used
Old 10-22-2007, 07:41 AM   #4
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I should think that anything without a GUI would be OK - I have Slackware (no X) on a PI 200MHz with 256MB RAM (it used to have 32MB) and it works fine. Fluxbox is just about OK, but since it's a server, I just ssh in, and do what I need to do from the CLI.

I don't think you're going to be able to run X comfortably on that setup; if anything's going to work, it'll be the lighter window managers - particularly Ratpoison:
Old 10-22-2007, 04:09 PM   #5
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dang i broke my last floppy i need to wait till Wednesday to get more

but thanks


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