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Good Linux For Old Computer


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#1 Sterling14

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 04:09 PM

I have an old IBM computer from about 1999, and I want to keep it still useful. It currently has windows 98, but I want to find a good linux for it. I've tried a couple linux boot disc such as slax and knoppix, and I really like them. So what would be a good linux to put directly on to my hard drive and use it as an OS (as well as windows 98 sometimes). Here are my specs:

Windows 98
AMD K-2 3D processor, 333mhz, 512kb L2 burst cache (found a 550Mhz one on the internet for 7$ if it will help)
1 stick pc100 64mb of ram, motherboard supports up to 256mb (upgrading to 256mb soon)
6gb. hard drive (can get another if necessary)
integrated graphics of some sort
only one cd drive and it can't burn disc

So what are my options? I was just going to use this to try out linux and for web browsing/instant messenging. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated :thumbsup: .
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 04:58 PM

I think Slackware, Gentoo, or DSL would be a good way to go. DSL (Damn Small Linux) is 50mb and is designed to run on pretty much anything.
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Posted 11 February 2007 - 04:42 AM

Debian, The Universal operating system.
If someone tells you to su rm -rf /
DON'T DO IT!!!!
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Posted 12 February 2007 - 08:43 AM

Debian, The Universal operating system.

I'm with you joedude, debian is the way to go on just about any computer.

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 05:20 PM

Thanks for the post! I downloaded DSL and it works on the computer very well actually (uses 18mb of ram idling out of my total of 64mb :thumbsup: ) Still going to buy a stick of 128mb so I can use the internet.
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Posted 12 February 2007 - 08:45 PM

Glad it works for ya :thumbsup:.
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 07:07 AM

DSL is a great flavor of linux. All of the Live Linux will install to a drive. As a matter of fact most run from within a folder inside of windows on a FAT32 partition.
I like and use Puppy Linux.
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Posted 18 February 2007 - 07:35 PM

Used fedora core 5 on a windows 98 pc, just added a bigger hard drive to it. Worked like a charm until the almost 10 years old power supply failed.

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 04:16 AM

hi as a new chum to linux
a friend sent me his compt
with these specs
192mgs ram. 5.8 hdd 400kb cpu
i tried ubutnu kubuntu and winxp
but the sys was to small
so i read where lycoris
needs only 64mgs of ram to run it
so i tried it
and it is on and running
every thing is going
sure it is wee bit slow
tho the man has parkinsons desease
and has never used windows before
and in the bargain
it is on dial up
something that was a nono for any linux sys
and it is on line
i found tho the packages are a problem
if you need to download any packages
you need a product number
and i haven got that
but looking at the sys packages are neither here nor there
all you need is already on the sys
but it is a tidy little sys
hope this info helps some one
marty

Edited by martym, 23 March 2007 - 04:18 AM.


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Posted 23 March 2007 - 05:19 AM

I have an old 433MHz pentium 2, 128 Mb Ram, 40 Gb IDE HDD, ATI Rage Pro Video card, Rockwell RipTide combo card (Sound, Speakerphone, fax, modem), Lynksys ethernet card, 66 Mhz FSB...and it runs fine with Ubuntu and Debian Sarge.
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Posted 24 March 2007 - 09:30 PM

I tried Xubuntu on an older computer and wasn't happy because it just didn't have enough bells and whistles. It's the very small verson of ubuntu, and really doesn't need much to run. I just like multiple screens and different backgrounds. It should do fine on 64+ of RAM.

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 10:04 PM

I like PCLinuxOS. It is one of my favourite flavours. It runs fine on a AMD K6-2 450Mhz cpu, 64Mb RAM, standard VGA video card and 2 GB HD.

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 07:56 AM

What desktop do you use on your K-6 needTOS? A friend of mine has a computer that will only run WIndows 95 and she wanted to use linux, but I know she wants something with more substance to it than Fluxbox or something.
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Posted 27 March 2007 - 07:15 PM

Puppy linux or DSL

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 11:08 AM

For linux I have PCLOS using KDE.Works pretty good.

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