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Old 03-19-2011, 11:40 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by colorpurple21859 View Post
I think puppy now needs 128m minimum to work, will have to use older version, possibly 3.01 and do a full hard drive install, with only 64m of ram.
Older Versions of Puppy Linux can be downloaded from

For the below link to open. Login is puppy. Password is linux.


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Tinycore is a possibility, but you have to be careful about what you install and how you install it. It runs from RAM, you start with just 10mb or so, which is the basic running system, the "core". You have a GUI, a file manager and an App Browser along with a couple configuration programs. Everything you want to install is known as an extension. Extensions are loaded into ram before they are run, so they end up taking more space than they might in a conventional distribution. You have to think about dependencies too, in the App Browser's size tab it will tell you what everything will take.

Depending on what you want out of the system, it is very doable. Forget Firefox(23mb) or Chromium(32mb), go with Dillo(2mb) for a browser. Something like XMMS2 to handle music because it is only 8mb. Mplayer for videos is going to be about 12mb, where as VLC would be nearly 40mb. You're not going to have OpenOffice, but Abiword will handle most word processing tasks and is only 20mb.

That isn't to say once you fill your RAM it will stop working, but it will start going into swap, which will kill the responsiveness of the system.

It is a very interesting distribution, I just started playing with it recently on an early EeePC with 512mb of RAM.

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Old 03-24-2011, 05:22 PM   #18
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Installing Linux on a 233 mhz desktop etc.

I got 4 sticks of 32 mb each on ebay (thank you) for $50 and they work fine. I have Windows XP Pro running faster now, and am still a little confused re: whether I would be better off with one of the Linux distributions mentioned above. I don't yet have a lot of confidence that one of those would be better than what I have on it now. MM
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You can always find a used hdd and swap it out and try a linus os on it that way you never touch your winsxp drive. I go to a used parts place and they have 40G hdd's for $15 & haven't had 1 fail yet. I actually buy them for experimenting if not using VirtualBox for it. The place I usally go to is weird stuff warehouse, you should be able to find a place similar where in your city.


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