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    Hi all,

    I'm about to start a project of installing Ubuntu 11.10 server edition on an old 1999 Dell box. I haven't used the machine in years, but it is still working. It's got 300mb ram, and a 500mhz pentium 3 processor. It's pretty much the specs I use on most of the vms I have running windows. I'm planning to use it as an IRC server, with ssh and some other services.

    I was wondering whether anyone else has tried this? Is there anything I should watch out for?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Ubuntu Server on 1999 Dell machine

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    Re: Ubuntu Server on 1999 Dell machine

    Many people use old PC's or even servers for running a few basic services. I'd recommend the 10.10 LTS server release instead of 11.10 for your case however, because you are using such old hardware.
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    Re: Ubuntu Server on 1999 Dell machine

    Hi hughr2005.

    It sounds very achievable. The lowest hardware I've install Ubuntu Server on was a P3 256Mb.

    Regards.

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    Re: Ubuntu Server on 1999 Dell machine

    Hello hughr2005 , 10.04 is worth a try because of its long term support and stability .The minimum ram requirement is also not beyond yours , only 128 MB .
    Have a look at the systems requirement section , you will find the below link helpful .
    https://help.ubuntu.com/10.04/server...html#id2829267
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    Re: Ubuntu Server on 1999 Dell machine

    Thanks everyone

    I've got it running, and it's all working well. It struggles a bit with IRC and SSH at the same time, but most of the time it's pretty good.

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