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Old 11-14-2014, 10:15 PM   #16
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"a GTK only desktop, a flavor with just X windows and a text mode system which will run with only 48 MB RAM (but can still let you install a full desktop). ""

I still run 386 systems with 32 meg ram on QNX 4. And it works great still.

I remember running basic on a dial up 75 baud to a computer with real disks for memory and used a teletype and punch hole tape to feed the program in. Pass or fail you had to log off and get off quick because the cost of the per half minute was high.

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Old 11-19-2014, 11:48 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by nbritton View Post
Junk it, you'll spend more on electricity, in the long run, then it would cost to buy a new low power NAS device. You're energy costs would be upwards of 50 cents a day to run that old hardware. It takes a minimum of 160 MB of ram just to, successfully, boot CentOS 7 into non-graphical mode, modern kernels will not run with the amount of ram that you have. You might be able to get CentOS 4.x installed on that box, but even that I have doubts about.
160 MB for text mode? I have Debian on an old computer and it takes less than 30 MB. The kernel is old, probably 2.6.something but 160 MB sounds strange anyway.
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Originally Posted by zeebra View Post
"Damn small linux" hasnt been maintained since forever. The OS is very small and it might be able to run on that hardware, but probably without blackbox.

The distro is still very usable today.
Damn Small Linux aka DSL does run on your hardware.

DSL supports only x86 PCs. The minimum system requirements are a 486 processor and 8 MB of RAM. DSL has been demonstrated browsing the web with Dillo, running simple games and playing music on systems with a 486 processor and 16 MB of RAM
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DSL would not reach a Desktop on my P66 , 12MB edo ram Netbook.


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