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Old 07-25-2004, 08:37 PM   #1
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Unhappy Help Newbie with Disto for old system?



Hi i am a newbie in linux and forum and i wanna know if you fellows can help me , i have a old PC and i wanna use it again its a 1GB hard disk and 64MB ram 266MHz Processor IBM Aptiva and just wanna know witch distro is fast and nice and easy to work with and i wanna use the linux distro as a main OS for the pc as i gonna use it for programming and controlling electric stuff i am building to connect to the pc
any help is welcome

ps: sorry for my bad English !!! Thanks a lot
 
Old 07-25-2004, 08:56 PM   #2
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i have a system with the exact same specs !

i use knoppix.
knoppix is a compressed linux distro designed to boot off a cd-rom.

but to speed things up, i coppied the knoppix iso cd-image directly to a hard disk partiton.
so on my 1 GIG hard disk, i have 2 gigabytes of compressed software, and 300 megabyte free for saving work etc etc.
 
Old 07-25-2004, 09:12 PM   #3
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i have a old PC and i wanna use it again its a 1GB hard disk and 64MB ram 266MHz Processor
Take a look at Vector Linux. It should run on your hardware.
Many other distributions want a lot more RAM and hard disk space with their default installs.
Consider the Damn Small Linux Live CD rather than Knoppix for the above reason (RAM).
 
Old 07-25-2004, 09:23 PM   #4
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any of the major distros should work, as long as you use a light window manager...

fluxbox is nice for these kinda specs, as is icewm and xfce, for example...

http://www.fluxbox.org

http://www.icewm.org

http://www.xfce.org


what window manager have you thought about using on that machine??
 
Old 07-26-2004, 01:04 AM   #5
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I highly recommend Damn Small, I'm using it on a P166 and it works great
 
Old 07-26-2004, 04:41 PM   #6
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I am using Mandrake 8.1 on an old AMD K6-2 350 with 96 MB of RAM and it works great. Should do just fine on a 266 system. I have Caldera 2.4 installed on my Cyrix P-166 system with 64 MB of RAM and it installed great, I do however have some file system issues at boot that I am still resolving, goes in easy and has three or four different ways to install (from Windows, the CD or floppy disks). Hope this helps.
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Old 07-26-2004, 05:08 PM   #7
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try not to download something like mandrake 9.1 of 9.2, I tryed it on a computer one year later than yours, and I sucked, even with minimum install, watch the size. Even windows 98 is better with that SLOW computer.

No offence, but it's just the mandrake cd is designed for a i586 series, not an old i386.
 
Old 07-26-2004, 05:48 PM   #8
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well, if you want a distro that's made specially for old hardware, there's deli linux:

http://delilinux.berlios.de/

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DeLi Linux stands for "Desktop Light" Linux. It is a Linux Distribution for old computers, from 486 to Pentium MMX 166 or so. It's focused on desktop usage. It includes email clients, graphical web browser, an office package with word processor and spreadsheet, and so on. A full install, including XFree and development tools, needs not more than 250 MB of harddisk space.
it's based on slackware 7.1 (kernel 2.2)...

but personally i'd try to install a modern distro with a light window manager to see how it goes... there's no reason why you couldn't be using slackware 10.0 on that machine, for example...

in many ways, this isn't so much a "distro" issue as it is a "window manager" issue...
 
Old 07-26-2004, 06:37 PM   #9
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kde has issues with that ol' IBM. IBM was good for the trash long ago. The only thing that stoped it was the need for a second computer in my upcoming school courses. But thanks for the link, i'll try it.
 
Old 07-27-2004, 06:29 AM   #10
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wow... so many "strong surgestions" so many different choices.

So.... we have all given our opinions, and we all know its impossible for an opinion to be wrong.. but here is why I think my opinion is more right than yours... hehe.

some people surgest using a normal dstro with a minimal install.
this would work, and be the most simple to do... however, with a 1 GIG hard disk, you will be very limited as the the amount of software you can install... you can forget running a compiler, or multimedia programs. remember, about 200 megs of that 1 gig will prob be used as swap.

other people surgest Damn Small Linux....
again... great.. its only 50 megabytes, its designed as a bootable cd, but with a tweak, you can install to hard disk, and still have most of the disk free.... but again... DSL is limited to a few servers, and a few web browsers... not much functionality.

what I surgest... (Knoppix) uses a compressed file system to fit 2 GIGABYTES of software on a 700 megabyte CD-ROM.
you have all the software of a normal linux distro (not a minimal install)
you have servers, web browsers, security tools, compilers, multimedia, EVERYHTING ! even a choice of GUI's.
again, is designed to run from a bootable cd-rom.. but with a little tweaking, you can put the CD iso image onto the hard disk, and still have 300 meg hard disk free for saving you documents, and extra swap space.

may the "distro for old old old machine" wars..... BEGIN.

hehehehe.

anyways... DEFINATLY consider knoppix... even if you agree with some1 else's surgestion.
 
Old 07-27-2004, 02:47 PM   #11
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Hi. Your Knoppix suggestion is a very good choice, and I have had great success with version 3.2 on all of my systems that have at least a 350 or above CPU, 96MB of RAM with a minimum of a 24X CD-ROM drive. Knoppix says it needs 128MB of RAM but it will create a usable SWAP file on the HD for you. I tried it on my Cyrix P-166+ system with a 4X CD-ROM and if I could get to the desktop "eye" it took much longer than with any of my other systems. For a beginner, it would be a most logical first choice based on your observations. I would however queston the 64MB of RAM. Just my own personal experience with Knoppix speaking here. Have a nice day - james91911
 
Old 07-27-2004, 02:50 PM   #12
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use SLAX for a live distro
I never used knopix, but slax is a VERY good one, try it out!
you can choose between flubox and kde

with all the stuff you can get out of KDE, like internet browsing and word editor ETC
 
Old 07-28-2004, 09:22 PM   #13
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Thank all of you for your great help !!! i gonna surf on the internet and start reading some information on how it al works

thanks
 
Old 07-28-2004, 09:42 PM   #14
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& another one .... :-)

I would say the Live CD idea is good .... Knoppix & Slax CDs will prop mean swapping quite quickly ...... could be a good choice .... but might be quite high CPU load all the time .. not sure ... but sounds good ....
BUT MY suggestion .....
get the new Gentoo which just came out .... then U can decide waht U want ... & it should be fast and memory unhungry ... tried tryin the older version but the installation CD had a tiny problem but ... (it tried downloadin when it shouldnt have) .. they should got have got rid of that prob by now ..... but the install with complete auto compile would certainly take some time ...

Da wINI g


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Old 07-28-2004, 10:06 PM   #15
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gentoo... ROCKS.

but on that mancine.... i dont think any of us would live to see it finish a bootstrap... let alone get a Graphical user interface up and running... my 1.3Ghz Athlon took 6 hours to fully compile a small distro.
 
  


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