It was a sever year old Conpaq that came with Win 98. ... Linspire and later freespire ran on it without a hitch once i got tired of 98'...The mother board finally died...
People called the machine a trash compactor, but it was a good machine.
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Oldest I've succesfully installed on was an old Compaq with a cyrix I think processor at like 300Mhz. Ran Caldera OpenLinux on it. Oldest I tried (my first ever attempt) was a really old HP Vectra 386 I believe. Probably would have worked but I had no clue what I was doing at the time. I think the distro was mu-linux or somesuch. Had it on a couple of floppies.
I'd definitely go with PCI cards and 512MB RAM... I'm running good with DG and ClamAV scanning all the incoming content.
I think my oldest computer is my favorite...The Pentium II I have down in my siggie. Was given to us by hubby's boss. Has a 17" flat panel LCD monitor that was just given away with it. It was almost exactly a year ago I gave it 384 MB RAM (originally had 96 MB), an old nVidia GeForce3 Ti 500 graphics card I had lying around (originally it was an ATI RagePro, I think), a CD/DVD+RW burner (and it burns DVD's perfectly with either K3b or Brasero). It has its original 13 GB hard drive in it (I couldn't remove it. It's bolted to one of the sides of the computer. I had a spare 120 GB hard drive so I installed that too. I now run PCFluxboxOS, a recently reinstalled Ubuntu with pure XFCE4 (not Xubuntu), and I'll be putting another distro on it too to play around with...Maybe Antix....
· Compaq Presario 5630 PII, 400 Mhz, 384 MB RAM: Arch with XFCE 4.6, Antix, Debian w/LDXE
· Dell Dimension 8200, P4 2.2Ghz, 1.5 Gig RAM, Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows 7 (vrtualbox)
· Thinkpad R40, P4 M 2.0 Ghz, 1 Gig RAM, Ubuntu 10.10
I have used a 1994 pc (somewhere around 60MHz Top of the line at a time) with suse 9.3 ran terribly slow but would have been an okay server.
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Back in the day I had Linux installed on a 386 with 8 mb of ram.