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I've got this old amd box (486 or 586 compatible, about 100 MHz) with 28mb ram (put some more in ). I'm looking for a distro that will: be under ...
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    Some distro advice needed


    I've got this old amd box (486 or 586 compatible, about 100 MHz) with 28mb ram (put some more in ).

    I'm looking for a distro that will:

    be under 100 MB to download,
    include X,
    include something like IceWM,
    run on 28 mb ram,
    run on about a 100 MHz 486,
    orientated towards newbies.

    Tried vector linux but couldn't get IceWM to work,
    any other ideas on what to get?

    Got broadband so dont worry about the size tooo much.

    Cheers

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    Distro ?

    Perhaps a legacy version of Slackware ?

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    Forrest44,
    I feel your asking to much of ANY operating system. You may get Linux working on 28mb of RAM, but you will find that things like X and ICEWM will run like a three legged dog.

    The more RAM you can get a hold of the easier your life will be. Unfortunately the easier/more newbie oriented the distro, the higher it's hardware (especially RAM) demands will be.

    have fun

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    Use Suse 10.1 and occasionally play with Kubuntu
    Also have Windows 98SE and BeOS

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    RAM for a computer that old could actually be decently expensive, seeing as it's probably FPM RAM which is way out-dated...

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    Ahhh... Don't worry.

    I got icewm working on vector linux.

    It goes alright, sometimes goes really slow, buts alright.

    Anyway it has XFCE which I'm gonna try out......

    Cheers

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    I wouldn't run ANY kinda X in there.

    Michael

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    Sounds like a nice firewall box to me...
    \"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.\"
    Albert Einstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by CopperTop
    Sounds like a nice firewall box to me...
    Perfect. Forget the eye-candy. Run a distro that does real work.
    IpCop. Firewall of choice.

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    IpCop. Firewall of choice.
    Why is it your favorite vs Iptables or other choices?
    Dan

    \"Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer\" from The Art of War by Sun Tzu\"

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastlanwan
    IpCop. Firewall of choice.
    Why is it your favorite vs Iptables or other choices?
    Because :

    1. It runs on totally obsolete ( *free* ) hardware. (Mine came from a dumpster.)

    2. It takes about 10 minutes for a newbie like me to install, configure, and get running.

    3. Its very stable.

    4. It works superbly.


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