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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    A thirteen year old Compaq Armada M300. (Btw, for being 13 years old, it's the thinnest laptop I've ever used, thinner than my current one!)

    I installed Lubuntu onto it and it worked pretty well.

    12.1 inch screen
    256MB of Ram (Top of the line config option)
    6GB Hard Drive
    233MHZ CPU.

    It lasted all of these years and still looks new (it has a full metal case, and it's only 3.4 pounds).
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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    Lubuntu 9.10 on a 13-14 year old IBM Thinkpad 600E.

    6 GB hdd, 133 (i think) RAM,
    don't even know the cpu speed anymore.
    Doesn't get used much. lol

    Runs lubuntu pretty well though!
    for emergencies or something..

    But dont try to play large-er videos/movies on it.
    Not happening.

    Basically just good for music or typing a paper or something.
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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    I first started using Linux on a P3 box many years ago... Red Hat 9 worked great on it.

    I currently have a P4 box running Debian, which also works pretty good (much faster than Win7 on it).
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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    Quote Originally Posted by JustinR View Post
    A thirteen year old Compaq Armada M300. (Btw, for being 13 years old, it's the thinnest laptop I've ever used, thinner than my current one!)

    I installed Lubuntu onto it and it worked pretty well.

    12.1 inch screen
    256MB of Ram (Top of the line config option)
    6GB Hard Drive
    233MHZ CPU.

    It lasted all of these years and still looks new (it has a full metal case, and it's only 3.4 pounds).
    Sweet! The three types of PC's that are best for putting Linux on are custom-built desktops, old desktops/laptops (PII/Slot 1 Celeron/PIII era), and netbooks. Also, if I had some spare RAM and an empty 30Gb HDD and a Puppy 5.2.8 disc, I could probably save the 11-yr-old Gateway Essential 433c we have laying around the house somewhere with that. Just need to bump the RAM from 63Mb to about 300Mb (if it can handle that much RAM), and I'd be good to go, the CPU's a Celeron 433MHz, which should be more than enough clock speed for Puppy.

    Although Lubuntu could probably run on a 433MHz CPU/300Mb RAM/30Gb HDD hardware spec, it would just be a little slow. Lubuntu/Ubuntu/Debian would be best on at least an 800MHz CPU/750Mb RAM/100Gb HDD hardware spec though.
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    Talking Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    This one: dell inspiron 1100 with 1g of ram and a 30gb disk (notebook is 8 years old). Still going strong (with new battery).

    And I am happily running Debian6 on this machine!

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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    Any computer with Win 2000 installed is very old. I tried to install ubuntu in such one with 256 RAM, but is not working properly. Actually with Win 2000 it was working better.

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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    Slack7 on a 486 DX4-100 with 16mb RAM. CLI only install, but ran great.
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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    Home built AMD K7
    80GB HD
    1024MB Memory

    Must be at least 11 years old running LinuxMint Julia

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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    Quote Originally Posted by BBQdave View Post
    This one: dell inspiron 1100 with 1g of ram and a 30gb disk (notebook is 8 years old). Still going strong (with new battery).

    And I am happily running Debian6 on this machine!
    The oldest computer I have with Linux installed on it is a Dell Inspiron 5100 that is 8 years old. The Dell 1100, 5100, and 5150 Inspirons were very similar models. I upgraded it to 1GB RAM, a 60GB HDD, and a new battery. I also have Debian Stable running on it. It still works for basic tasks; however, it is challenged when playing flash videos. The serial com port and ps/2 interface have come in useful. Sad to say it; but, it is destined to be recycled shortly.

    I have had older computers with Linux on them; however, I can't remember what they were. They were put in the rubbish bin a long time ago.
    Use whatever OS or desktop works for you. Backup your computer regularly, and definitely before upgrading, partitioning, or installing an OS.

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