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Old 05-04-2017, 11:22 AM   #1
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installation of Linux Mint 17.3


I love to learn ALL ABOUT LINUX!!!!

Hi:

I have tried to install "Linux Mint 17.3" the (old window) way I know and it does not work.

I have a Fujitsu Lifebook to use as a start (an old stuff). It has Win. XP and 256 RAM!

I downloaded the image of linux and made a DVD.
I inserted and after couple of minutes a small window appeared to ask me to login??? I never created a user? I also noticed both mouth and keyboard are DEAD!!!

Now I don't know what to do.
Ideally I do want to get rid of w/i/n/x/p/ and have only Linux.

I appreciate someone to take the time to show me how 2 do this OR refer me somewhere to learn how to do this in the right way. p.s. I am using the old machine as practice so whatever happens happens!

Many thanks
 
Old 05-04-2017, 12:59 PM   #2
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Hi patricalexander1951 and welcome to LQ!

This might be a job for Tiny Linux

Here's a more quantitative discussion with reviews of five different options: http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/softw...-for-older-pcs

Recommend whatever you get, you let it boot from the USB or CD/DVD and then verify it works a'la the Live/Try option, and then install once you've confirmed it operates on your system.
 
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Old 05-04-2017, 01:06 PM   #3
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Slackware requires 64 MB, so it's another option and a lot more traditional a Linux than Tiny Linux (which is a great project, but is not exactly a general-purpose distribution).

As you learn Linux, you might find it worth while to load Linux on a more modern computer. There's nothing wrong with resurrecting old hardware with Linux (in fact, it could be called noble, in an ecological sense) but there's definitely a difference in running today's Linux on old hardware and running it on new hardware. That said, your Fujitsu is probably at least as powerful a Raspberry Pi, so you'll be in good company in terms of low power computing.

Have fun!
 
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Old 05-04-2017, 01:08 PM   #4
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I may be criticised for this but I would suggest that with that amount of RAM your system is only likely to run deliberately cut-down Linux distributions and isn't likely to give you any real insight into how how Linux works nowadays.
 
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Old 05-04-2017, 02:58 PM   #5
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14 versions of "linux mint 17.3" and I'll bet lunch for a week none of them will install on 256M of RAM.

Puppy, tinycore, slitaz may work on that toaster, but not Mint, Sorry.
 
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Old 05-05-2017, 07:04 AM   #6
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LOL !!!!!

Yes Master.

If I upgrade I should be ok?
OR
Which one of those 3 (Puppy, tinycore, slitaz) is easy for a new guy here??

Thanks for all.
 
Old 05-05-2017, 07:35 AM   #7
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LOL !!!!!

Yes Master.

If I upgrade I should be ok?
OR
Which one of those 3 (Puppy, tinycore, slitaz) is easy for a new guy here??

Thanks for all.
... lol ... I was about to suggest Puppy myself before I saw habitual's post - so I add my recommendation. It is more user friendly than Tiny Core and I myself have used it on Pentium II's with 192 MB RAM.

Read up on the different ways of using Puppy if you choose to try it and let us know if you need help.

Have fun !
 
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Old 05-05-2017, 08:10 AM   #8
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that toaster
 
Old 05-05-2017, 08:20 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by un1x View Post
"Toaster", as you are no doubt aware, is an expression referring to an outdated and/or underpowered computer.

In this case, expressed with humour by the poster in question and taken in that vein by the OP.

Your reaction seems strange?
 
Old 05-05-2017, 05:43 PM   #10
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When your live CD asks for a user name, just wait 30 seconds or a minute. It will boot up without you inputting a name. That's if hardware resources are adequate.

Documentation for Mint cinnamon 17.3:
https://web.archive.org/web/20160407...umentation.php

I agree with the others. 256 MB is really too little RAM for Mint. I've used Puppy Linux and liked it. It will run nicely in RAM, without installing on your hard disk. Or there are other light weight distributions grouped about half through 50 distros to replace Win XP, one of the stickies in this forum.

Good luck.
 
Old 05-06-2017, 11:42 AM   #11
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patricalexander1951,

Welcome to LQ.

Don't forget the Debian-based antiX whose system requirements are:

antiX should run on most computers, ranging from 192MB old PII systems with pre-configured 128MB swap to the latest powerful boxes.

antiX-core and antiX-base will run with 128MB RAM plus swap, but donít expect miracles!
192MB RAM is the recommended minimum for antiX.

256MB RAM and above is preferred especially for antiX-full.
antiX-full needs a 2.8GB minimum hard disk size. antiX-base needs 1.6GB and antiX-core needs 0.7GB.


http://download.tuxfamily.org/antix/...FAQ/index.html
 
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