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Old 02-12-2004, 03:27 AM   #1
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Question Putting Linux on an old machine


I finally decided to check out Linux and want to put it on an old spare computer... it is a 266 AMD K6 2. Is there any specific versions of Linux I should be searching for? Everywhere I look pretty much points back to Redhat, but i am not sure if that will work iwth my older system.

Old 02-12-2004, 03:42 AM   #2
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-) for a quick test try Knoppix (
you can try it out from CD and do a hd-install if you like it

-) if you love to installs tons of software to play around and want
easy GUI admin tools take SuSE (

-) for a high performance "compile-it-yourself" install try Gentoo (
Old 02-12-2004, 03:52 AM   #3
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thanks for the reply, I will let you know how it goes andprobably have many more questions.
Old 02-12-2004, 04:03 AM   #4
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Well, it all depends on how much ram do you have and what are you going to use it for...
The problem is that easy distro's(Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSE) do not run fast on old comps,
fast distro's like Slackware and Gentoo are hard to use if you never used Linux.
RedHat 9 will run on it, but not very fast, but if you have more than 64mb it's not a problem.
There a distro called 'Vectorl Linux' it basically Slackware with some graphical tools, it's
not the best distro around but it works well on old comps. It's also small, 1CD only 400~mb
The main thing that I don't like about it is that it does not come with KDE.
What you could do is install Vector, use it untill you understand how to make it works and
then jump to Slackware.


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