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Old 08-10-2005, 08:19 PM   #1
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Question Puppy or DSL?

I'm going to get an old Compaq from a guy at my school. He said it had win95, Pentium processor, 64mb and less ram? 128?, lil harddrive space and someother stuff.

I want to run linux on this machine (win95 uses fat16, slow, old, out of date, sucks). I was reading some reviews and look at pics of DSL (damn small linux), and Puppy Linux, and I'm thinking I'm going to pick DSL.

What do you think?
Old 08-10-2005, 09:53 PM   #2
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Just my opinion, but
FreeBSD with a light windows manager like Fluxbox might outperform Linux on that meager box. I have run FreeBSD on a Celeron 400 with 32MB RAM, 3 gig HD, 100MB network card, Sound blaster compat SC, AGP1X 8Meg video integrated, and it is a usable box. Not lightening but usable. BSD doesn't have the stalling problem on a network that Linux has.

Light applications like Sylpheed for an e-mail client, nedit for editor, xterm, aterm for shells, Xcalc, Rox for a file mgr, XCD player, File Roller for archiving, XnView image viewer, Xpdf etc. and you can make that old machine work usably with X and a windows mgr with most Linux distros.

Lots of distro choices, just stay light on the WMs and apps. I see that DSL has Dillo. Thats a great fast little browser but it doesn't render pages correctly. Firefox won't run real fast on a P133 type.

Good luck, I like to put those old machines back into service too.
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tekk is right- go light on the window manager- icewm, fluxbox, blackbox yadda yadda. (ice wm is more conversion friendly (read- I like it) though some swear by fluxbox, others swear at it)

A lite linux light DSL is a good choice, but hey, any linux (stripped down) would be good- debian, slackware yadda yadda.

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