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Old 01-24-2002, 03:32 AM   #1
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Cool Linux on Old Pc

I have a P200 Mhz Pc with 32Mb Ram and a 3.2 Gig Hdisk. What Version of Linux Do You suggest On Installing. I was thinking about something along the lines of Red Hat 5.1? What do You guys suggest and if u suggest a version, can u tell me what patches I Need to Install ?!?!!?!

Old 01-24-2002, 05:08 AM   #2
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you're doing that box a great disservice! it's fine! i've got redhat 7.2 running on a p200 32mb absolutely brilliantly, obviously heavy WM's like kde and gnome are out of the question, but other than that....
Old 01-24-2002, 10:00 AM   #3
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yeah i would try red hat 7.2 as mandrake 8.1 outta the box will be slower (until yu recompile the kernel that is!) i still use a distro on a computer with similar specs that is only a year old... that is SuSE 7.0 anything in suse after that tends to be a bit resource heavy laden....

try redhat or suse... but theres no reason to go backwards in time unless its for the hell of it...
Old 01-24-2002, 11:42 AM   #4
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What, a P1 200 is old? Dude that's my coffe table box. Middle-aged maybe, but not old. I'm running Slack 7.1, BSD 4.4 and LFS 3.1 off of one of those. Though honestly you could probably find another stick of either PC66 sdram or EDO (depending on what it runs), for something like $5-10 and really crank its ability to perform with any of yesterday's distro releases. Then again, even spending $5 on an old machine always seems like a waste.

Anyway, like the other guys said, all the modern releases, even the ones that tend to bloat like RedHat and Mandy, will still run comfortably on the pentium series. If you really want to try and get the performance increase by going back a version or so, it would probably be best to try any of them that used the 2.2.x kernel series: Redhats in the 6.x's, Mandrake through the 7's, Slack 7+7.1, Debian's 2.2r3 Potato (which is still their current?), and I really don't know much about the Suse's's's because Live Evals make me twitch. These all ran XFree3.3.x, which is a little more lightweight, and had prior versions of Gnome and KDE that weren't built to romp through 64Mb Graphics cards.




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