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    Good Linux On Old Machine


    What is a good version or distro of linux to use on a old computer.

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    I've heard Vector linux is good on old pc's
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    I'm using Debian on an old Pentium MMX 200Mhz. Of course without anything even resembling KDE or GNOME, but I managed to collect several applications to make a nice desktop (IceWM, ROX, xbindkeys, etc), and guess what? This setup suited me so well that I copied it to my much newer computer.
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    i ran redhat 5.1 on my beheaded laptop (don't ask!) (486 50mhz, 12mb ram, 800mb hdd)
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    Quote Originally Posted by tr_wright1
    i ran redhat 5.1 on my beheaded laptop (don't ask!) (486 50mhz, 12mb ram, 800mb hdd)
    That's fine as long you don't connect it to the Internet. Older versions are often unmaintained and have all kinds of security issues.
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    If the machine has 128 megs memory or more on it, many of the distros will work, if less than 128.......then Vector for the easy load up and Slackware if you want to work at it. If you choose Slackware, KDE and Gnome will not be happy campers with the lower memory levels.

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    Vector. I run it on my PIII 550 box with 96mb sdram and it flies. Vector is a very lightweight distro that uses fluxbox or xfce as the windowmanager.

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    Linux Old Machines

    I recomend SLACKWARE with XFCE. I'm using it in a Pentium 166 with 64 ram and 4 gbs of disk

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