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Grey Cat Linux 3.0
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3 23903 06-01-2004
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67% of reviewers None indicated 7.0

Description: A very good Slackware based distribution for very low end hardware with X support!
Keywords: Linux for 386

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Old 01-04-2004, 05:36 PM   #1
Mega Man X
Registered: Apr 2003
Distribution: Ubuntu, FreeBSD, Solaris, DSL
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 10

Pros: Very good, fast even for 386 processors. X support, based on Slackware 3.5.
Cons: It's a little limited, but it's not much you can do with a 386 anyway...

I've been using Grey Cat Linux 3.0 for a while now and I've to say that I'm quite happy with it. I've a very low end machine ( a Compaq with a 386 processor, 75MHZ and 8 Mega of RAM ) and I've been looking after a small distro which should fit in that computer, just for fun :)

I've found Grey Cat Linux and it's pretty good. It comes with text editors, irc app, mail client, telnet, and webserver, Midnight Commander and a GUI, with Xfree -SCGA+VGA16 server- and the Icewm Windows manager. And it even comes with pretty good gui applications as Netscape 3, Netscape Mail and Xv. It runs directly from a DOS partition. The most impressive is that it's only 7 floppies install.

It's based on Slackware 3.5 and basiclinux, meaning it's pretty stable and fast (even under X ). The coolest thing is that you can go into Slackware's homepage and download pre-compiled applications for it (Slackware 3.5 indeed).

Sure I hardly use that computer nowadays (sometimes for some text writting and old dos games as Commander Keen, Prince of Persia and Wolfenstein...), but this is a very good distro if you have a 386/486 box laying around and would like to have fun ( if you enjoy playing with old boxes as I surely do ) with it a little longer with Linux in a very easy to install distribution ;)

Remember, 386 and 486 boxes are still very useful for writting text docs, surfing the net or chatting with your friends on IRC channels or for making firewalls/rooters. Don't stop using it just because M$ and Intel said you need a new processor to run windows.


Megaman X
Old 03-16-2004, 09:55 AM   #2
Registered: Sep 2003
Distribution: Sparky, PartedMagic, Puppy, xubuntu. BOYCOTTING: Vector, Beatrix, BLAG, Slackware
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Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 4

Pros: retro
Cons: obsolete kernel and apps

Sorry but this is an obsolete distro as much as one can admire keeping the retro linux alive. Great for a retro party.

Install was tedious and buggy.
Would be better with a boot disk and install from CD
Old 06-01-2004, 01:15 AM   #3
Registered: Feb 2004
Distribution: Arch
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 7

Pros: uses UMSDOS, fits on floppies, dial-up user can actually download it.
Cons: It didn't recognize IBM thinkpad's keyboard, so I couldn't use it

I installed this very easily on an IBM thinkpad w/ 4 MB ram and only floppy drive, the keyboard works fine until after I login, then everything gets a little goofy. I didn't use it cuz of the keyboard, but it is good if you want to try linux on an old computer because it has UMSDOS support.


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