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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Damn Small Linux.

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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Quote Originally Posted by WindowsSucks View Post
    I have a friend with a truly ancient laptop. It's an IBM ThinkPad 760XL 9547. It has a Pentium I processor, 64mb of RAM, and a dinky 2gb HDD. I'm begging him to replace the Windoze 98 that it has on it, so I need to know what the best choice of Linux distro would be for it.
    Any ideas?
    DSL, DeLi (I think) or Puppy might work too. There's Lowarch again, but it has been abandoned.
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    anyone have an OS for my ol' 286? It's kind of boring with IBM DOS 3.3

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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Quote Originally Posted by nathangrubb View Post
    anyone have an OS for my ol' 286? It's kind of boring with IBM DOS 3.3
    This is the only one I ever heard of, aside from the old Minix.

    http://elks.sourceforge.net/
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Quote Originally Posted by nathangrubb View Post
    anyone have an OS for my ol' 286? It's kind of boring with IBM DOS 3.3
    How much RAM memory does it have? How big is the HDD? FreeDOS+OpenGEM, or perhaps KolibriOS or Contiki, and join the GUI revolution. Do let us know how you get on too. I'm interested as to how these perform on machines such as these.
    Last edited by darrelljon; November 20th, 2007 at 01:48 PM.

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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Quote Originally Posted by darrelljon View Post
    Do let us know how you get on too. I'm interested as to how these perform on machines such as these.
    +1. If you get FreeDOS and OpenGEM working, that would be fantastic.
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    You could probably just install "OpenGEM Complete" on top of IBM DOS.

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    Agreed, Gem neat.
    http://gem.shaneland.co.uk/

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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Well I just installed Fluxbuntu 7.10 on my PIw/MMX (233Mhz, 128Ram) Dell Inspiron CP laptop and it works pretty good.

    It took me a while to figure out to set up dial-up internet access I needed to run
    Code:
    wvdialconf (to detect the modem and set up the wvdial.conf file)
    sudo nano -w /etc/wvdial.conf (to enter my login information)
    wvdial (to actually dial-in)
    May not be overly smooth, but it does the job.

    Now my big issue is that I can't get the resolution to improve from 800x600! Ugh! I know the system handles 1024x768 but I can't seem to get to it and modifying /etc/X11/xorg.conf doesn't help.

    Otherwise, it's fairly responsive and it's working.
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Did you check your screen sync settings? I have an old laptop that was particularly stubborn about changing the display dimensions until I force-fed it the proper hsync and vsync settings.
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