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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    linux mint ... is also a light wieght OS and would also suit for an old system!!!!
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Linux Mint isn't developed for older hardware (Pentium IIIs with 128Mb RAM or less) and I don't think its lightweight.

    PUD seems to be Chinese, are there English options and are they any good?

    Minix doesn't have an easy desktop environment.

    Arch looks like it needs a lot of setting up.

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    Arch is AWESOME

    but, alas it is i686
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    MenuetOS is missing from that list... though Kolibri seems to be based on that...
    http://www.menuetos.net/

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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Most anything made within the last 12 years [or more] should have a CD-Rom drive (700 MB), so the better question is which distros require the least Memory, Processor Speed, etc...

    Here's some of what I've got laying around [that I could install on]:

    1.67 GHz Athlon XP (0 MB PC3200 DDR RAM - memory chip went bad - max. 2 GB)
    450 MHz Pentium 3 (128 MB PC133 SDRAM - max. 256 MB)
    450 MHz Pentium 3 (192 MB PC133 SDRAM - max. 256 MB)
    266 MHz Apple iMac G3 (PowerPC)
    33 MHz 486/DX
    32 MHz Macintosh TV (68030 Processor, 8 MB RAM - maxed out)

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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Quote Originally Posted by bodhi.zazen View Post
    Arch is AWESOME

    but, alas it is i686
    Lowarch is still accessible, but effectively abandoned.

    http://www.lowarch.org

    Precompiled all the way down to the i486 (but not i386). Very impressive, even if it is practically abandonware. Nothing would make this little K6-2 happier than to see someone pick up that ball and run with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darrelljon View Post
    PUD seems to be Chinese, are there English options and are they any good?
    Actually, you pick the environment language at boot. If I recall correctly, it offers Chinese, Taiwanese (?) and English. I use it from time to time as a recovery CD. It has saved me in the past.

    Quote Originally Posted by darrelljon View Post
    Minix doesn't have an easy desktop environment.

    Arch looks like it needs a lot of setting up.
    Both true. If a preexisting desktop is a requirement, then neither is really acceptable for the list.
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Quote Originally Posted by cc48510 View Post
    33 MHz 486/DX
    Does that still work? I'd love to mess with a 486/DX. I've never found a complete, working system though. Only remnants.
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Quote Originally Posted by cc48510 View Post
    Most anything made within the last 12 years [or more] should have a CD-Rom drive (700 MB), so the better question is which distros require the least Memory, Processor Speed, etc...

    Here's some of what I've got laying around [that I could install on]:

    1.67 GHz Athlon XP (0 MB PC3200 DDR RAM - memory chip went bad - max. 2 GB)
    450 MHz Pentium 3 (128 MB PC133 SDRAM - max. 256 MB)
    450 MHz Pentium 3 (192 MB PC133 SDRAM - max. 256 MB)
    266 MHz Apple iMac G3 (PowerPC)
    33 MHz 486/DX
    32 MHz Macintosh TV (68030 Processor, 8 MB RAM - maxed out)
    ...and another set of criteria:
    As well as requiring the least memory/processor speed, which ones are most Windows-like, have reasonable support AND self-config/easy config (esp for dialup modem)?

    I have a friend who is running a clunker of a PC on Windows 98 (unsure of exact specs, but has CD-ROM & USB ports), and who is sufficiently scared of new stuff to be afraid of Ubuntu (I didn't exactly pitch my rave right - I was going on about the self-organising ecology of open source, as opposed to easy transition for non-technical sorts...)

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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Quote Originally Posted by K.Mandla View Post
    Does that still work? I'd love to mess with a 486/DX. I've never found a complete, working system though. Only remnants.
    Its not a complete system. I have a box of parts [they've been in storage for a while]. They would need a hard drive, case, and video card to make a working system. The rest are complete systems, except the Athlon XP (motherboard, processor, and video card), which I cannibalized for parts.

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