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  1. #1
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    Sep 2005

    Slackware Better in Old or Semi-old computer

    One of my friends was looking into slackware and found out that the System Requirements was the following:

    486 processor
    16MB RAM (32MB suggested)
    100-500 megabytes of hard disk space for a minimal and around 3.5GB for full install

    I was wondering if this is the same for the newer slackware 10.2.

    In addition, he has two computers that he has. One of them:

    P2 266 mhz
    64 Ram
    10 gb

    the other:

    P3 566 mhz
    128 ram
    20 gb

    Which one is where better for slackware.

  2. #2
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    Mar 2003
    It does not change so much for 10.2, it is Slackare.
    You can use Slackware on both of them but you cant use a Desktop Manager like KDE. It will be so slow. If ı were you i choose second machine. It is better than the first one. You can use XFCE.
    But for what you are planning or your friend to use this machine?
    Just a Newbie....Looking 4 Info....

  3. #3
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    Jun 2005
    The Hot Humid South
    I run Slackware 10.2 on w/ XFce on a P3 450Mhz, 128MB RAM with no problem, so I have no doubt the second machine will be good. It might be hard getting decent speed out of the first since it doesn't have a lot of memory.

    As for the low system requirements, almost all base installs (doesn't matter which distro) will be around the same. The Debian documentation say "Debian does not impose hardware requirements beyond the requirements of the Linux kernel and the GNU tool-sets." The problem with the base installs is that they don't come with anything useful. You usually only get the things described as "required" by the FHS, nothing more.

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    Kinda seems like an odd post...just meaning, why would anyone think that any distro would run better on lesser hardware?
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