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Nauscar
May 3rd, 2009, 12:13 AM
I am trying to find a Linux operating system (preferably Ubuntu) that is compatible with my ancient computer (if there is one).

Motherboard: EPOX 512k EP-5BVPXB
Processor: Intel Pentium, A80502133 ST022, 133MHz
Ram: 32MB
HDD: 20GB
Graphics Card: S3 Virge/DX

Don't laugh, its original price value was 3k and came with MS-DOS 5.0. I just don't have the heart to through it out... :oops:

HavocXphere
May 3rd, 2009, 12:20 AM
Ubuntu isn't going to run on that. *Maybe* Damn Small Linux will.

Nauscar
May 3rd, 2009, 12:28 AM
It is currently running Windows 98 SE. Is there an Ubuntu equivalent?

BslBryan
May 3rd, 2009, 12:34 AM
Well, Wubi, the Ubuntu Windows installer, has been used with 98 before, with not very many problems. You just need 5GB of hard disk space.

It might be easier, though, if you run Xubuntu. Keep in mind, the computer you've mentioned doesn't sound much like it can run very quickly, even with Windows 98, so I'd go with Xubuntu if you want any kind of speed out of it, because even Dapper Drake would be slow as molasses. :P

crapple
May 3rd, 2009, 12:36 AM
I agree that your best bet is xubuntu. It runs the fastest out of ubuntu, and kubuntu. I don't think it will work very well on your computer however but good luck

Nauscar
May 3rd, 2009, 12:37 AM
What version of Xubuntu do you recommend? :)

zvacet
May 3rd, 2009, 12:38 AM
Try DSL. (http://damnsmalllinux.org/)

jodef
May 3rd, 2009, 12:41 AM
Try DSL I don't think Xubuntu would be usable on 32MB RAM unless of course it's a much older version definitely not the most current version.

Dougie187
May 3rd, 2009, 12:43 AM
I don't remember the requirements for xubuntu, but i am sure they are on the web. If you are going to try xubuntu, I would recommend using the alternate installation cd instead of the live one however. That *might* help if you have a chance of using it on that computer.

Marlonsm
May 3rd, 2009, 12:46 AM
I don't remember the requirements for xubuntu, but i am sure they are on the web. If you are going to try xubuntu, I would recommend using the alternate installation cd instead of the live one however. That *might* help if you have a chance of using it on that computer.

For Xubuntu to become usable, I think I've seem people saying you need some 128 of RAM. But I'm not sure.

As people already suggested, try DSL.

Nauscar
May 3rd, 2009, 01:05 AM
Even DSL doesn't work... oh well I guess my dinosaur wasn’t meant for Linux!

Headbanger2510
May 3rd, 2009, 01:37 AM
if you want a Ubuntu derivate, then try with Crunchbang Linux, it`s Ubuntu with Openbox as wm, so it`s even faster than Xubuntu.

Kareeser
May 3rd, 2009, 01:44 AM
Never say never. Plain jane Ubuntu Server should load fine on your computer... unless I'm mistaken.

It's the presence of a desktop environment which is hindering you.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements

linuxgeek123
May 3rd, 2009, 06:41 AM
try damn small linux it needs only 32 megs of ram

agim
May 3rd, 2009, 07:02 AM
No way you can use an ubuntu derivative, even crunchbang, on 32mb. Don't waste your time trying, it will be a singularly frustrating experience. It isn't meant to run on that. DSL will run on it, how well is a question mark. 16mb is the min ram requirement, but 64 is recommended.

I am not a hardware guy, so I have no idea if you can with something that old, but can you upgrade? Ram is pretty cheap. Even upgrading to 64 or 128 mb ram would be extremely beneficial.

Again, I really don't know anything about hardware, so I apologize if reading that made anyone cringe.

:)

djdarrin91
May 3rd, 2009, 07:31 AM
I would say DSL also. or maybe Vector Linux.

Invincible23
May 3rd, 2009, 07:47 AM
Have you tried Puppy Linux...That might be the Linux OS which may run on your low specs system.