Find the answer to your Linux question:
Results 1 to 5 of 5
i'm getting a dell i3500 (bought in 199 that has win98 on it. i plan on wiping the hard drive clean and installing linux only, no dual-boot. the specs of ...
Enjoy an ad free experience by logging in. Not a member yet? Register.
  1. #1
    Linux Newbie
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    san diego, ca
    Posts
    131

    which distro for 7yr old dell


    i'm getting a dell i3500 (bought in 199 that has win98 on it. i plan on wiping the hard drive clean and installing linux only, no dual-boot. the specs of it are 625mhz p3, 96mb ram, 6gb hd. i'm thinking the lack of ram will create problems, am i right? what distro would be good for it? would something like mepis or kanotix run on it? i'm not really into compiling kernels from scratch so stuff like damnsmall or gentoo are out.

    thanks

  2. #2
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    12
    Try DSL, I have only 32mb ram and no swap and it runs well. My comp is from 97. I understand.

  3. #3
    Linux Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Posts
    232

    Re: which distro for 7yr old dell

    Quote Originally Posted by jnev
    i'm not really into compiling kernels from scratch so stuff like damnsmall or gentoo are out.
    Why should you need to compile a kernel in order to use DamnSmall?
    To answer your question, any distro would be a workable choice. The RAM might be an issue for Mandrake, Fedora and SUSE but I'm not certain about that.
    Give Slackware or one of the Slack based distros a look. I currently run Slack 10.1 with Dropline GNOME on one machine and MiniSlack0.4 on another. I think MiniSlack is going to take over on the first machine as well because I'm really starting to enjoy XFCE4.
    Both machines are a few years old and run quite well.
    OH NOOOOO!!!!!! You did it the way I said?

  4. $spacer_open
    $spacer_close
  5. #4
    Linux Newbie
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    san diego, ca
    Posts
    131
    my bad on the damnsmall, i actually just installed it a few hours ago. it's been working fine, much better than the win98 previously installed on it.

    one other question: what are some good wifi cards that are supported by linux?


    thanks

  6. #5
    Linux Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Posts
    232
    OH NOOOOO!!!!!! You did it the way I said?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •