Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Sep 2006 14:51 UTC, submitted by michuk
Linux "Is Linux a good choice for your old PC? In this article I'm going to examine the main issues connected with using GNU/Linux on some very old hardware. I will also cover choosing a distro, a desktop and the key applications for such a configuration."
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I love the challenge...
by Harald on Thu 21st Sep 2006 15:13 UTC
Harald
Member since:
2006-03-10

I love the challenge of making OS's run on old hardware.

I have an old 450 MHz Dell with 384 meg of ram just for that purpose.

Currently have the PC-BSD flavour of FreeBSD running on it.

Runs like a champ.

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RE: I love the challenge...
by helf on Thu 21st Sep 2006 15:33 in reply to "I love the challenge..."
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

get a pentium 75mhz with 64-96mb of ram. Getting newer OSes running smoothly on that is often quite fun. I recently burned up my p75 but I had XP Pro running on it, as well as debian, beos and a few other OSes.

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RE: I love the challenge...
by jcinacio on Thu 21st Sep 2006 16:35 in reply to "I love the challenge..."
jcinacio Member since:
2006-03-12

I don't see why linux can't be used on any post-386 hardware.

the Linux OS isn't the problem; it's when you want a full desktop environment and apps that things start to need more CPU and specially RAM.

A 686-compatible cpu and 256MB really are enough for the [Linux] OS part, it's the apps that need more memory...

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

a computer isn't much use without the apps, therefore, the apps are almost the most important criteria. you have to take a good look at what you want to do with the system, then choose the OS and apps most appropriate for that system

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