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Old 03-07-2005, 07:50 AM   #1
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linux distros for old P3 mchines

I have a pentium 3 machine and I want to install linux, it has about 10Gb memory and can but pretty slow. I wondered if anyone could recomend a version of linux that would be good to try out on this old machine.


Old 03-07-2005, 08:14 AM   #2
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I assume that by 10Gb memory , you mean 10gb of hard drive.

Any distro will run, as long as you have 64mb+ of ram. 128 is better.

I run gentoo perfectly on a p3 800mhz with 256mb ram. runs really well.

Old 03-07-2005, 08:35 AM   #3
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depends on how knowledgable you are.. but check out ArchLinux.. sometimes thought of as "Gentoo without the compile times" or "Slackware with a nice package manager/updater"

It's optimized for i686 distro's so it has better performance, but won't install on an old Pentium MMX notebook I have! lol

Anyways, It's a little bit of work to get set up.. but after that.. maintaining it is easy.. Though, if you can install Gentoo.. you ca surely install Arch..


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