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I have an old Pentium 166 Computer with 16Mb RAM! (Ancient i know!) But i am looking at installing Linux so i can use it as a web server. What ...
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    What to use?


    I have an old Pentium 166 Computer with 16Mb RAM! (Ancient i know!) But i am looking at installing Linux so i can use it as a web server. What operating system would people suggest to put on this?
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    maybe you could try gentoo linux..... i think the min. spec. for that is quite low

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    and i can get that from where?
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    Maybe try a vintage version of slackware?

    You can look at www.slackware.com/get for older distro's

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdousley
    and i can get that from where?
    you can get gentoo from http://www.linuxemporium.co.uk/produ...neral/#pid4149

    i think the one you should get should be for "x86"

    also the slackware link above is incorrect, i think he may have meant http://www.slackware.com/getslack/

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    just a suggestion, if you're just playing, rather than trying to do serious work on the venerable PC, have a look at BeOS on the www.bebits.com site. Okay, it's not Linux, but then it's not Windows either and great fun.

    have fun

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    Well, it's MAIN use will be to act as a web server, but a secondary use may be to play around wiv!

    I tried installin SuSE 9.0 over the internet (my bro reckoned it'd b ok) but it came up wiv LOADS of errors sayin couldn't find /dev/<pretty much everything i think> if i booted off floppy, then it would not find the floppy when i need to put the network modules disk in!

    If i booted off CD, it would not even get that far!

    The spec is a P166 and 16Mb Ram (as said above) with a 2.62Gb Hard disk and 4x CD-Rom

    Any ideas?
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    gentoo's right out if you only have 16mb of RAM.. the reason being is that it needs at least 64mb for the initrd and RAM to compile with.. one of the best places to look for linux distros is http://www.distrowatch.org... they have ~256 different linux distros listed.. the main ones are there, and they have lots of specialized distros, also.
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    Cool! Thanx for that! Though i have no CD's, so may b on again to ask where to install off the net for some OS!
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    Does anyone know where to get ancient versions of Linux? I tried installing SuSE 9.0 and it said respawned too fast for something, i can't remember! Will have a look next time i try it! But does anyone know where i can get old versions?
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