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Niko Johnson
October 15th, 2009, 10:45 PM
So my grandma just got a new computer from my aunt thats moving to a different state. this is a super old school computer with like a 20 gig HDD and super bad everthing else. it was running windows 95!!! this thing is ancient. since we all know that windows isnt the right choice, i was wondering what version of linux should i put on there that will work with such an old mechine (except vector) i dont really like the installation method with vector, has anyone else but linux on an outdated computer with success?

Niko Johnson
October 15th, 2009, 10:54 PM
oh and by the way im looking for a linux that has 8 bit processing

mike555
October 15th, 2009, 10:56 PM
Puppy Linux is about the only one , it will run on a old computer . but you wont get Ubuntu to run on it , maybe Moon OS .... http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=moonos but I dought it ...

Paqman
October 15th, 2009, 10:56 PM
You'll need to find out the actual spec before we can tell you. In particular you'd need to find out how much memory it has.

You probably won't be able to install regular Ubuntu, or even Xubuntu. You may have more luck with something like Crunchbang, or building your own system from a minimal install.

Niko Johnson
October 15th, 2009, 10:59 PM
thanks for the quick replys guys, ill try out that puppy linux, i was wondering if i could put damn small linux on there, but i dont know what its requirments are. i know im not going to get ubuntu or anything on there, did any one ever have a successful install of linux with an old mechine like windows 95 - 98

kerry_s
October 15th, 2009, 10:59 PM
you have to give specs, just saying it's windows 95 means nothing.

with the info you given so far, yes i have installed on a lot of 20 gig hard drives, the 1 i'm using now is 20gigs, it's in a 10 year old vaio laptop 450mhz 256mb ram.

lisati
October 15th, 2009, 11:03 PM
I have an older machine with a 3Gb hard drive that came with Win98SE on a 1Gb drive. I managed to get Puppy Linux working on it but it was slow, and a version of Red Hat working on it that I never got to check out properly (needed to put Win98SE back on it)

mike555
October 15th, 2009, 11:19 PM
I have Puppy Linux running nicely on a pentium 2 with 256 RAM ........ well streaming videos don't work good, but for basic stuff it's ok .

DGortze380
October 15th, 2009, 11:23 PM
People here tend to like Puppy ... I'm a fan of DSL (Damn Small Linux). I've run it with as little as 400mhz and 64mb ram ... wasn't exactly usable on that machine. But it's plenty quick with 500mhz and 128mb.

jimsheep
October 15th, 2009, 11:29 PM
i'm running puppy on an ancient Toshiba Armada. it's got a Pentium 300MHz and 128MB RAM. woo! runs like a dream.

djbon2112
October 15th, 2009, 11:48 PM
thanks for the quick replys guys, ill try out that puppy linux, i was wondering if i could put damn small linux on there, but i dont know what its requirments are. i know im not going to get ubuntu or anything on there, did any one ever have a successful install of linux with an old mechine like windows 95 - 98

If you're grandmother is going to be using it, I really don't think putting either of those distros on it is a good idea. Minimal GUIs for Linux in general tend not to be very "user-friendly".

Decent new computers are <$500, and you can get last- or two-gen-old computers for <$200 if you know where to look, which will run circles around this ancient POS. I seriously wouldn't even bother. Get her a new one for Christmas and put full Ubuntu on it ;)

ugm6hr
October 16th, 2009, 12:11 AM
I'm a fan of DSL (Damn Small Linux). I've run it with as little as 400mhz and 64mb ram ... wasn't exactly usable on that machine.

Really? I found it (DSL v3.2) perfectly usable on a P2 (can't remember speed) with 48MB RAM.

Anything less than 64MB RAM is essentially a lost cause these days, and I'm not sure it's worth bothering with. Since some W95/98 machines had 16MB, you may be out of luck. 32-64MB is potentially usable, but less than ideal.

The other current ultra-lightweight Linux is DeliLinux, but I never had much success with it; I gather it now needs 128MB RAM too. Puppy is a wsate of time with under 64MB, and a bit sluggish under 128MB.

What exactly is she hoping to do with it? And what was your aunt using it for?

Tclarkie
October 16th, 2009, 12:16 AM
exact specs?

Bondy
October 16th, 2009, 12:54 AM
Im purely guessing here not read any other posts but if it has a 20gb hd its going to be at least a 1ghz processor which would run the latest ubuntu the main thing to look at would be memory these days you want to have at least 512mb

Again you might be told you cant run this and this on that spec but you can sometimes maybe a little tweaking needed. I had a system that wasnt suposed to be suitable for windows xp but it ran ok and every flavour of Linux ive used has run more efficient

djbon2112
October 16th, 2009, 01:01 AM
Im purely guessing here not read any other posts but if it has a 20gb hd its going to be at least a 1ghz processor which would run the latest ubuntu the main thing to look at would be memory these days you want to have at least 512mb

Again you might be told you cant run this and this on that spec but you can sometimes maybe a little tweaking needed. I had a system that wasnt suposed to be suitable for windows xp but it ran ok and every flavour of Linux ive used has run more efficient

BUT, it had 95 on it... I never heard of anyone putting 95 on a computer after 98SE came out, and that was in 1998. I think more likely that the HDD was upgraded later, and the original OS reinstalled.

But yea, OP, we REALLY need specific specs. Processor and amount of RAM should be fine to narrow it down.

Bondy
October 16th, 2009, 01:35 AM
BUT, it had 95 on it... I never heard of anyone putting 95 on a computer after 98SE came out, and that was in 1998. I think more likely that the HDD was upgraded later, and the original OS reinstalled.

But yea, OP, we REALLY need specific specs. Processor and amount of RAM should be fine to narrow it down.

It might have been win 95 but how long has it been since 1 ghz processors have been standard, theres a good chance its just the OS that hasnt been updated

not that much after 1995 not in the uk anway but....

Ive never tried but Id fancy my chances running the latest LTS on a 500mghz

the.phantom
October 16th, 2009, 01:42 AM
i think the ram is going to be the problem!
remember win95? i got a brand new 75 mhz with 8 meg of memory new
now that is way too light weight for most linux!

and even if a faster processor he would have to get more SIMMS and it is expensive now as obsolete for a few years now
it cost me $400 to get that box to 16 meg back then ( remember you needed twice as many simms cards to make memory and most OEM's didn't have but 2 maybe 4 spots if lucky!

louieb
October 16th, 2009, 02:30 AM
Lets see about 1995 bought a P1-166mHz 32MB memory - came with win 95 - used 72 pin edo memory 4 slots and maxed out at 128MB memory. lol It actually ran Ubuntu Breezy (v5.10). Had to put Smart boot manager on a floppy to get it to boot a CD. Puppy, DSL and Slackware Linux ran the best.

1998 got a P2-266mHz 64MB memory - came with win 98 - uses PC100 memory - maxed out at 384MB memory. Now has a P2-400mHz processor - bought at swap meet for $5. Can run XP or Ubuntu slowly (still have it mostly for goofing around if I break it don't care).

TonyChaos
October 16th, 2009, 02:40 AM
I'd go with Puppy Linux. It's got nearly everything you'd need and runs really smooth on older system. I use it on my HP from 98 and it's a dream.

Also, if the laptop you have has an optical drive, you could just use Puppy as a live CD. You'd save some space on your drive and you may be able to use multiple Linux distros.

Niko Johnson
October 16th, 2009, 03:56 AM
Just installed that puppy linux you guys mentioned and it runs pretty good for now. my grandma doesnt even really use it i just wanted to put linux on there for the fun of it.. it looks a lot better then windows 95 ever could and she (and me) are more than happy with it. thanks for all your postings!

deancasino
October 16th, 2009, 05:33 AM
Just installed that puppy linux you guys mentioned and it runs pretty good for now. my grandma doesnt even really use it i just wanted to put linux on there for the fun of it.. it looks a lot better then windows 95 ever could and she (and me) are more than happy with it. thanks for all your postings!

Yeah I figured Puppy was gonna be your best bet. The oldies only ever use this stuff for emails and very occasional browsing anyway, she'll love it.