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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Do not use old browser versions
by nelvana2005 on Thu 21st Sep 2006 20:19 UTC
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It is a very good article.
The author's advice that old Linux distributions should not be used for everyday work is very important.
There are too many severe security flaws outwhere for such old Linux software (e.g. XFree 3.3.6, libc5).
But this statement has also to be valid for old browser versions, too. Do not use Opera 7.11 as recommended, it is also full of security flaws as the Mozilla and Microsoft browsers of that time. If you want to use Opera, then use the newest version 9.02, if you would like to use Firefox or Seamonkey instead, use also the newest versions, never older ones.

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michuk Member since:

The problem with Opera is that it got heavier with >8 releases. This is why I recommended 7.11 as the most modern but still quite lightweight alternative. Firefox or latest Opera won't run on Pentium I.So you either can use unpatched Opera or something like dillo or links... not very much of an alternative.

Edited 2006-09-21 20:47

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nelvana2005 Member since:

But such a browser with a lot of security flaws is no real alternative, not for me. I am writing this posting on an ancient AMD K6-2 300 MHz with 128MB RAM with Debian Sarge and Seamonkey 1.05 installed and this machine works at reasonable speed (with IceWM as the window manager). I would not use it if I would be forced to use an older browser. I would not even use Seamonkey 1.04 as the recent security flaws (Javascript flaws, openssl flaw) are absolutely severe e.g. for someone like me who wants to use his bank account online.
I understand now why you recommended the Opera 7.11 browser and I see your intention. But is Opera 7.11 with all extras like Javascript deactivated so much better than a current Dillo? Another choice would be the current Seamonkey, it is not so much heavier than the newest Opera and, as far as I am concerned, it runs even on an old Pentium MMX.
The main advantage of Mozilla browsers in contrast to the Opera ones is that they are open source so that it is possible to compile them on your own. Damn Small Linux does right this: They offer Dillo and a self-compiled gtk1-Firefox, no old Opera.

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