Find the answer to your Linux question:
Results 1 to 6 of 6
I have a computer here that my uncle gave to me.. we'll just call it a fixer-upper ( pentium 200 MHZ, 32 or 64 MB of ram, 8 Gb hard ...
Enjoy an ad free experience by logging in. Not a member yet? Register.
  1. #1
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    41

    old.. old computer


    I have a computer here that my uncle gave to me.. we'll just call it a fixer-upper ( pentium 200 MHZ, 32 or 64 MB of ram, 8 Gb hard drive, really poor graphics card, you get the point) I am looking for a distro to put on it, I would really prefer the distro have a GUI. Any suggestions? Thank you!

  2. #2
    Linux Newbie
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Arizona, USA
    Posts
    217
    if you have a pentium II processor or better, i would stick arch linux with xfce4 on it personally. Otherwise maybe http://distrowatch.com may also help you. hope this helps.
    Linux is for those who want to know why their computer works.

    Registered Linux Machine #293111
    Registered Linux User #371115

  3. #3
    Linux User
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    288
    Mech, I think the P2 started at 300mhz, though there was a 266mhz L2 cacheless Celeron which is i686. The PPro was also i686, but they're rather rare. So that's more than likely just a Pentium chip and won't work with Arch, though I think someone's maintaining the i586 repository again.

    As such, I'd be looking Damn Small or Vector, if not Debian or Slackware. Beatrix could be an option, but Gnome on a system that old... not unless you upgrade the RAM, and maybe not even then.

    Of course there are others, these are just ones I've tried (besides Beatrix). Check Mech's Distrowatch link for others like Deli.
    Michael Salivar

    Man knows himself insofar as he knows the world, becoming aware of it only in himself, and of himself only within it.
    --Goethe

  4. $spacer_open
    $spacer_close
  5. #4
    Linux Guru
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    forums.gentoo.org
    Posts
    1,817
    Quote Originally Posted by Ethyriel
    but Gnome on a system that old... not unless you upgrade the RAM, and maybe not even then.
    I have Gnome with Fedora Core 3 on a 130MHz PII with 190Mb RAM. It's just a little slow, but completely usable.
    /IMHO
    //got nothin'
    ///this use to look better

  6. #5
    Linux User benjamin20's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    jacksonville beach FL
    Posts
    317
    go for a gentoo with xorg and xforce4.2. that should make an operationg system optimized for what you have and still provide an nice gui without breaking that 8gb limit you have.
    nVidia G-Force 6600GT (bfg) pci-e: amd 64 2000+ (939): 1024 corsair ram: 2X 80gb seagate harddisk SATA: plextor cd/dvd-read/write cdrom SATA

  7. #6
    Linux User
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    288
    My bad, it looks like the P2 Klamath core debuted at 233 and up to 300Mhz, while Deschutes started at 333mhz.
    Michael Salivar

    Man knows himself insofar as he knows the world, becoming aware of it only in himself, and of himself only within it.
    --Goethe

Posting Permissions

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