Go Back   HowtoForge Forums | HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials > Linux Forums > Desktop Operation

Do you like HowtoForge? Please consider supporting us by becoming a subscriber.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 18th June 2006, 05:56
Automaton Automaton is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Bardstown Ky.
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Question Need a good distro for OLD PCs

I am looking for a lean distro to give me the following:
  • A basic GUI Interface
  • Internet (Browser, email, etc.)
  • Decent Hardware Support (not perfect)
  • Not a Hardware HOG

I want to be able to provide a Linux alternative to clients who have OLD PCs. I don't want to be limited to Win98 since it will get no more security patches soon.

For example, I took a P2, 133 Mhz with 128 Mb of RAM to see how I could do with the distros I had.
  • Linspire (forget it)
  • Xandros (Video Bombed)
  • Ubuntu (Crawled)
  • Debian from scratch (Desktop load) worked the best, but my soundcard and modem not working

I didn't try Knoppix, but I want a hd install.

Can anyone give me some advice?

Thanks In Advance
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 18th June 2006, 07:52
graveman graveman is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

how about xubuntu
it's lightweight and should reconize your hardware

http://www.xubuntu.org/
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 18th June 2006, 14:05
Automaton Automaton is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Bardstown Ky.
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

graveman,

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll take a look...
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 19th June 2006, 06:15
g33k g33k is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: India
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via MSN to g33k Send a message via Yahoo to g33k
Default More Alternatives

You may have a look at Vector Linux
From the VectorLinux website :
Quote:
We are also known as the fastest non-source distro on the planet!
>>I didn't try Knoppix, but I want a hd install.

You can install knoppix in your harddisk..Check out here

Have a look at Damnsmall Linux..
Here's what they say..DamnSmall Linux can :
Quote:
# Run light enough to power a 486DX with 16MB of Ram
# Run fully in RAM with as little as 128MB (you will be amazed at how fast your computer can be!)
__________________
-- g33k

"The Best is Yet to Come"
My Desktop : OpenSuSE 10.1 powered by Enlightenment 17
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 19th June 2006, 15:59
Automaton Automaton is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Bardstown Ky.
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thanks for the suggestions g33k, I'll check them out....
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 19th June 2006, 17:19
falko falko is offline
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Lüneburg, Germany
Posts: 41,711
Thanks: 1,899
Thanked 2,702 Times in 2,545 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Automaton
For example, I took a P2, 133 Mhz with 128 Mb of RAM to see how I could do with the distros I had.
I don't think you'll have much fun running a desktop on that hardware... Anyway, you could try Xubuntu; it comes with the Xfce desktop which is rather lightweight.
And if FreeBSD is ok for you, you might also try PCBSD.
__________________
Falko
--
Download the ISPConfig 3 Manual! | Check out the ISPConfig 3 Billing Module!

FB: http://www.facebook.com/howtoforge

nginx-Webhosting: Timme Hosting | Follow me on:
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 19th June 2006, 17:42
Automaton Automaton is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Bardstown Ky.
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

falko,

You are probably right, but I have run into a LOT of clients who are still using old PCs with win98 or winme. XP isn't an option due to bloat and Microsnot is killing updates for win98 and winme soon, so I wanted to find a linux alternative for those in that situation.

I am afraid my problems are going to be hardware support, especially for the "winmodems" or software modems that are so prevelant nowadays. Also sound cards seem to be a concern.

I personally like W2k, but I am afraid it will not meet my needs either.

What's a boy to do.....

Thanks for the suggestions.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 15th July 2006, 16:21
Astrofaces Astrofaces is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default donate those

maybe you can encourage some of your clients to donate the old things to the third world villages.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 17th July 2006, 17:18
sjau sjau is offline
Local Meanie
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 1,126
Thanks: 4
Thanked 43 Times in 40 Posts
Default

I installed on my mom's backup computer (P3 400Mhz, 128 MB Ram) Xubuntu and that run faster than WinXP on my 1.7 Ghz Athlon / 1Gb Ram
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 25th July 2006, 17:50
badabing badabing is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
Default

If Debian worked best, u should have tried to get that modem and soundcard working.
What i am seeing in your post is that u want a linux-out-of-the-box what works the immidiatly with no configuration at all?
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
which distro would Netdisco work best on? mtupker Installation/Configuration 2 16th April 2013 14:21
Which distro uses the lest resources domino Installation/Configuration 9 14th October 2007 20:05
Please Help me Port Almost any Linux distro to the MS Xbox raid517 HOWTO-Related Questions 5 16th June 2007 13:20
Is there any way to install any Linux distro without using a cd drive? sprintlove Installation/Configuration 3 18th May 2006 08:45
Is this a good edit? sbovisjb1 Kernel Questions 4 9th April 2006 04:58


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 19:09.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.