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The-Bleh-Bleh

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#1 10 years ago

I'm looking to do this more just to get to know Linux a bit more-

I'm planning just to mess around, to install some form of Linux on an old Windows 98 computer. The problem is, is it's old. Very old. I mean, ancient. I doubt I could throw something like a full Ubuntu installation on. I'm not looking to do much on the computer, other than mess around. I don't need anything fancy, I just need a graphical interface, and stuff that... works.

Here's the specs I know-

No networking card... I might pick a $10 one up at radio shack if I feel I might actually use the computer for web browsing or something. HDD- 10GB RAM - 64MB Processor- Some low end Celeron. And a CD (no DVD I believe) drive. Yeah :p

So, just seeing if anybody has any input as to what distro would be a good idea, and any other additional information. I'm a Linux noob, I've never really used it more than 5 minutes. I'm not senseless with computers though. Thankees! -Bleh




UNDIESRULES

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#2 10 years ago

It looks a bit like my one, i have a 900mhz CPU with 32mb onboard something or other and 256mb of ram running Suse 8.2. It works fine, boots up dead quick and is dead reliable. Ubuntu is pretty good too, thats what i had on it before.




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#3 10 years ago

You can probably throw it on there, but its likely to be very slow.

When people say you can use old computers for linux they usually mean without a GUI. Setup like that I have seen a linux box running a webserver on a 386.

If your just looking to play around then have you thought about burning a live CD and using it on your main computer? A live CD is more or less a full Linux distribution running from the CD. It wouldn't make any changes to your computer.




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#4 10 years ago

For something that antiquated, you'd probably be best off with Slackware, or maybe Xubuntu. Both were designed with older hardware in mind.




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#5 10 years ago

My ancient emachine with a Celeron 633Mhz, 288MB Ram, 8GB HD, and 32MB integrated graphics can run Ubuntu decently for your average everyday stuff.




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#6 10 years ago

The-Bleh-Bleh;4233338 I don't need anything fancy, I just need a graphical interface, and stuff that... works.

RAM - 64MB

I would recommend FVWM, or one of the *Box WMs, or maybe Enlightenment, with that little RAM available. Even XFCE/Xubuntu might be too hefty for it.

You might have noticed that a lot of the previous posters had atleast 256mb of RAM. Linux does not require as much RAM as Windows Vista, but even the older versions are hefty compared to the requirements for Win98.

Puppy Linux, or D.S.L would be good distributions to run on that computer. I'm not to familiar with the options for Slackware. with either Slackware, or Xubuntu you may be able to customize it, to reduce the amount of RAM it needs.




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#7 10 years ago

I agree, Puppy or Damn Small are probably the best bets. Xubuntu if you get the Alt-Install CD (I have installed Xubuntu on a similar machine 64mb ram, and the regular live CD was just a bit too painful to work with).




The-Bleh-Bleh

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#8 10 years ago

Thanks for the responses!

Freyr;4233458If your just looking to play around then have you thought about burning a live CD and using it on your main computer? A live CD is more or less a full Linux distribution running from the CD. It wouldn't make any changes to your computer.[/quote] Yeah, I did that with Ubuntu on my laptop - I don't have access all the time to my laptop though.

I would have messed with it more on my desktop, but my desktops main cd drive is totaled, and when I load the live cd into my read/write drive it won't load up. No clue why, I can run memtest with it...

Rookie;4233578For something that antiquated, you'd probably be best off with Slackware, or maybe Xubuntu. Both were designed with older hardware in mind.

Yeah, I heard Xubuntu might be good. [quote=Monster_user;4233958]I would recommend FVWM, or one of the *Box WMs, or maybe Enlightenment, with that little RAM available. Even XFCE/Xubuntu might be too hefty for it.

You might have noticed that a lot of the previous posters had atleast 256mb of RAM. Linux does not require as much RAM as Windows Vista, but even the older versions are hefty compared to the requirements for Win98.

Puppy Linux, or D.S.L would be good distributions to run on that computer. I'm not to familiar with the options for Slackware. with either Slackware, or Xubuntu you may be able to customize it, to reduce the amount of RAM it needs.

So, I'm liking the sounds of Puppy. I really don't know though, anybody prefer one over the other? I think I might download Puppy with JWM, the one it comes with. Just see how it runs, and take it from there.




Vince

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#9 10 years ago

This will be interesting if you get it running, Puppy would work I guess, my friend is like Linux master fanboy, geek tbh.