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Old 09-11-2008, 03:50 PM   #1
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looking for an "old" linux release


I am looking for a linux release which can run on x86 machine with 64MB RAM. I have an old pc at home and I would like to install some version of linux, but I cannot find any suitable release. Everything I found on net requires at least 128MB of RAM.

Can anyone help me, please? Thanks.

Old 09-11-2008, 04:06 PM   #2
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Slackware is the oldest surviving Linux distro, and meets your requirements.

Just don't try to run KDE -- and I missed your post count...

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Old 09-11-2008, 04:38 PM   #3
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Damn Small Linux, Puppy and any other lightweight distro on DistroWatch will fit your needs. But yeah, Slack will do nicely.
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Look at this Slackware mirror. Since you didn't state the processor you have on the system I can't suggest a release level. I would look at the site and choose a release. If a PII or greater then I would start at 8.1. You should look at using xfce or some light desktops if you want 'X'.

This link and others are available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
Old 09-11-2008, 06:53 PM   #5
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Or for the fastest, lightest window manager, try Fluxbox.

It will not take but a tiny bit of resources to run it,
then you can start apps by right-clicking on the desktop.
It's also highly configurable, though you'll need to read
to learn those options.
Old 09-11-2008, 07:56 PM   #6
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itikas, since you are a newbie and if you decide to use fluxbox here's a tip. By default, fluxbox creates a generic file menu of programs. You may have or not have these programs installed.

To create a file menu of programs currently installed in your system, exit fluxbox or before starting fluxbox type fluxbox-generate_menu at the terminal. Now, start fluxbox and click or right-click on the desktop and you'll see a different file menu of programs currently installed.

Another one is menumaker. I've used menumaker to fix the generic file menu that windowmaker creates.

Menumaker supports these desktops

OpenBox, version 3
XFCE, version 4

- Good luck and welcome to linux.

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Old 09-11-2008, 08:12 PM   #7
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I'd probably go w/ something w/ Flux. Fluxbuntu I really like(mainly cuz I like Debian based distros).. You could also try a base install of debian-etch, and install Flux on top of it.

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You could try debian woody w/ fluxbox or maybe awesome if it runs on woody. I'm suggesting woody because it has a 2.4 kernel, and it's a lot smaller.


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