View Full Version : [other] Ubuntu Server on 1999 Dell machine

April 6th, 2012, 04:45 PM
Hi all,

I'm about to start a project of installing Ubuntu 11.10 server edition on an old 1999 Dell box. I haven't used the machine in years, but it is still working. It's got 300mb ram, and a 500mhz pentium 3 processor. It's pretty much the specs I use on most of the vms I have running windows. I'm planning to use it as an IRC server, with ssh and some other services.

I was wondering whether anyone else has tried this? Is there anything I should watch out for?

Thanks in advance :)

April 7th, 2012, 07:02 AM
Thread moved to Server Platforms.

April 7th, 2012, 08:34 PM
Many people use old PC's or even servers for running a few basic services. I'd recommend the 10.10 LTS server release instead of 11.10 for your case however, because you are using such old hardware.

April 7th, 2012, 08:49 PM
Hi hughr2005.

It sounds very achievable. The lowest hardware I've install Ubuntu Server on was a P3 256Mb.


April 7th, 2012, 09:12 PM
Hello hughr2005 , 10.04 is worth a try because of its long term support and stability .The minimum ram requirement is also not beyond yours , only 128 MB .
Have a look at the systems requirement section , you will find the below link helpful .

April 8th, 2012, 10:09 PM
Thanks everyone :)

I've got it running, and it's all working well. It struggles a bit with IRC and SSH at the same time, but most of the time it's pretty good.