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    Intel Pentium 11 with 32mb ram. Which flavour Linux?

    Hello.

    I have an old laptop - Intel Pentium 11 366mhz with 32mb ram - circa 19th century.

    I'd like to get this old box running Linux as I can't find drivers etc for the Windows 98 that it currently uses.

    Which flavour of Linux do you think would suit this system the best, and where can I find it??

    Any and all suggestions gratefully recieved.

    I should add that it has a 4gb hd...

    Cheers
    Last edited by chuangt2u; April 30th, 2011 at 08:37 AM.

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    Re: Intel Pentium 11 with 32mb ram. Which flavour Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by chuangt2u View Post
    Hello.

    I have an old laptop - Intel Pentium 11 366mhz Celeron with 32mb ram - circa 19th century.

    I'd like to get this old box running Linux as I can't find drivers etc for the Windows 98 that it currently uses.

    Which flavour of Linux do you think would suit this system the best, and where can I find it??

    Any and all suggestions gratefully recieved.

    Cheers
    Any xfce or lxde version is best for these type computers.

    Why not try lubuntu.


    http://lubuntu.net/

    Even Xubuntu is nice.

    http://xubuntu.org/

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    Re: Intel Pentium 11 with 32mb ram. Which flavour Linux?

    I've also heard that

    Puppy linux and DSL[Damn Small Linux] are meant for those type of computes.

    But, in my opinion, you should go with Lubuntu.

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    Re: Intel Pentium 11 with 32mb ram. Which flavour Linux?

    chuangt2u,

    Here is a link to a listing of small Linux distributions: http://www.linuxlinks.com/Distributi...Distributions/ . It looks like Tiny: http://tiny.seul.org/ might work for you. There are a lot of choices listed, hopefully you'll find one that works for you.

    Hope that helps.

    Edit: Puppy Linux is well regarded.
    Last edited by jmszr; April 30th, 2011 at 06:08 PM. Reason: Error Correction

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    Re: Intel Pentium 11 with 32mb ram. Which flavour Linux?

    You can try damn small linux (DSL). Its only 50 MB and requiers at least 24 mb of ram to work, you have 32 so it should work.
    -Edit-
    And the processor must be at least i486 if you want to use the window manager.
    Last edited by -=hazard=-; April 30th, 2011 at 03:48 PM.
    The trouble with computers, of course, is that they are very sophisticated idiots.

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    Re: Intel Pentium 11 with 32mb ram. Which flavour Linux?

    Puppy works for even 32 mb of ram. Puppy is about the most "complete" linux distro I have been able to install on my really old hardware.

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    Re: Intel Pentium 11 with 32mb ram. Which flavour Linux?

    You have 32MB of RAM in that machine..

    from xubuntu site...

    Minimum system requirements

    You need 256 MB RAM to run the Live CD or 256 MB RAM to install.
    The Alternate Install CD only requires you to have 64 MB RAM at install time.

    To install Xubuntu, you need 2.0 GB of free space on your hard disk.

    Once installed, Xubuntu can run with starting from 256 (or even just 192) MB RAM,
    but it is strongly recommended to have at least 512 MB RAM.
    you'll fine most modern OS's have these kind of RAM requirements.
    As stated by others, Puppy Linux has a small RAM foot-print, but only for the older (pre-Ubuntu-based) puppys.

    TinyCore is another good choice.

    And just so you know, Windows98 was not a true GRAPHICAL OS, just some pretty colored boxes stuck on top as a shell to DOS.
    And it runs dog-slow on only 32MB, it really needed 64MB, and came into its own with 128MB.

    All that said, many modern Linux distros will install and run with only 32MB IF YOU RUN THEM AS CLI-ONLY.
    Believe me, you really get a Linux work-out with that set-up.
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    Re: Intel Pentium 11 with 32mb ram. Which flavour Linux?

    DSL and puppy are your best choices, Lubuntu requires 256MB to install.

    I would like to see that laptop, can you take a picture of it?
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    4 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz
    Intel Integrated Graphics X4500

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    Re: Intel Pentium 11 with 32mb ram. Which flavour Linux?

    Thanks for all of the replies!

    I've tried DSL, but the computer won't boot from the disk.
    It is capable of booting from CD as I ran the Windows CD at boot
    to check it out but it won't pick up the DSL disk and defaults to Windows.

    Will try Puppy Linux next...

    Photos?

    Here's one, I'll post more when I get it running...

    [IMG]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/27008114/01052011160.jpg
    Last edited by overdrank; May 1st, 2011 at 12:49 PM. Reason: please use thumbnails

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    Re: Intel Pentium 11 with 32mb ram. Which flavour Linux?

    The disc is provided as an ISO file and must be burnt correctly.

    You need to use the "Burn ISO image" or "Burn Disc Image" setting of your burning software.

    DON'T just "extract" the contents of the ISO image and drag them to the CD.

    DON'T just burn the ISO image as a single file sitting on a CD.

    You need to burn it correctly in order to work, and burn it at a low speed (8x) onto good quality CD media. Some older CD drives are finicky about what CD-Rs they'll read, a good rule of thumb is that the stronger the colour of the die, the more likely the disc is to read in an old reader.
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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