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Old 07-13-2019, 01:25 PM   #16
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If your intent is a command-line-only system, IMHO, almost any distribution would probably work.
Yes, I agree with that, I just presumed you were looking to use it as a desktop computer.
 
Old 07-13-2019, 01:31 PM   #17
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I just presumed you were looking to use it as a desktop computer.
You quoted rnturn, not the OP, who hasn't graced us with a response.
 
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I ran debian on my old dell inspiron 1150. But with 512MB RAM, running a modern browser to view media rich sites isn't really that capable. With all sites basically being media rich with the adverts. I used to watch youtube on that machine, but around 2013 that became increasingly impossible. Mine being a 32 bit 2.8GHz single core P4. With all the $35 sbc's with 1GB+ ram that run on far less power and put off far less heat, using that old inspiron is more museum-esque than useful.
 
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You quoted rnturn, not the OP, who hasn't graced us with a response.
Actually, my comment was aimed at the OP, but perhaps wasn't clear enough.
 
Old 07-17-2019, 12:06 PM   #20
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It would be very unusual for even the oldest P4 (single core, no hyperthreading) to not support 1GB RAM, and some can support 2GB. And it probably takes DDR1 so pretty cheap. So that's a possible upgrade, which would greatly increase your options and improve performance, especially if you use the fastest RAM it supports.

Even if it's very old, the mainboard may support up to a 3GHz CPU and possibly one with hyperthreading -- worth looking up the specs, since such CPUs can be had for under $5. Having upgraded such a system's CPU from 2GHz to 3GHz, I can attest it makes a big difference. (In fact it was good enough that I only retired that box last year.)

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I have a ~2003 laptop that is a P3-1GHz and at the time had 320mb RAM (weird amount because it has odd chips on the mainboard). I installed Wary Puppy and it ran like the wind, even loading from an equally-old IDE HD. This system is about half as capable as a bottom-end P4, so I expect even the latest versions of Puppy would run very well on that P4.

I've run Mint/Cinnamon on a single-core AMD3200+ 2.2GHz with 2GB RAM, and it performed fairly well. This CPU benchmarks about 3x faster than a P4 2GHz, but in actual use averages only a little faster and sometimes considerably slower, so it's probably a fair comparison.
 
  


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