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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Quote Originally Posted by DJiNN View Post
    It might be worth taking a look at "Minix". I've not tried it myself yet, but i'm hoping to find a really cheap & old computer somewhere that i'll be able to try it on..... it says it'll run on a minimum of 386/486 with about 16mb Ram, which is incredibly low. So you never know..... give it a try, what have you got to lose?

    Oh, and if you get a chance then please post your results as i'm sure that it would help others.
    Minix is an awesome OS, one of my favorites. I've got installed on both an old and a new laptop, and it runs fine on both. I can't get X working on either, only in QEMU. There's even a ethernet driver that works on my laptop, but it's slow. It's close to Linux in some respects, but a completely different experience in others. I highly recommend it
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    I figured it out. I'm going to use smart boot.

    I decided to try out deli linux.

    dsl looked like it was going to load, but x started and it wasn't doing anything. I'm sure if I waited a while it would, but I just want to see if this works.

    All in all, the laptop would be great for schoolwork.

    when I get done I will post the lspci.

    Any chance I can get wireless to work?
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    I suggest Knoppix. I have tried it in VMWare, and I swear it's good! Also minimal system requirements... 128MB RAM at the most. Live CD.
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    It isn't exactly an "old" computer, but I was very impressed with Puppy Linux on my sister's laptop (Presario C300, 1.5 GHz Celeron, 512M RAM, 80G drive). Not only was it incredibly fast, loading what seemed to be the entire contents of the CD into her RAM, but it also automatically recognized her Wi-Fi card and set the resolution to 1280 x 800, not to mention included pretty much every app necessary for daily usage and Flash.

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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Quote Originally Posted by tvdxer View Post
    It isn't exactly an "old" computer, but I was very impressed with Puppy Linux on my sister's laptop (Presario C300, 1.5 GHz Celeron, 512M RAM, 80G drive). Not only was it incredibly fast, loading what seemed to be the entire contents of the CD into her RAM, but it also automatically recognized her Wi-Fi card and set the resolution to 1280 x 800, not to mention included pretty much every app necessary for daily usage and Flash.
    It's amazing isn't it? I've just tried Puppy on my Core 2 Duo Laptop just to see how it would go, and it recognised everything including the wifi & the 1680x1050 screen..... & man does it fly!!

    To top it all, i also decided to do a USB install & try it fro there.... WOW!! Incredibly fast, and boots up soooooo quick. Flash drives (& their successors) are the way of the future, and with an OS like Puppy, who could ask for more?

    Oh, and it also runs really really well on my old Compaq Armada 700. In fact, whatever i've loaded it on so far, it's worked flawlessly.

    +1 for Puppy Linux!
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    Question Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Hello Folks,

    Did I miss the post for DOS & Windows 3.1.

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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Quote Originally Posted by mauser View Post
    Hello Folks,

    Did I miss the post for DOS & Windows 3.1.
    We don't associate with them fellers
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Quote Originally Posted by mauser View Post
    Hello Folks,

    Did I miss the post for DOS & Windows 3.1.
    You missed my posts about FreeDOS
    www.freedos.org

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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    I've gotten Vista to install on a 1996 Gateway @ 32MB RAM, 9GB HD, 333MHz PII.

    Now booting up... that's another story.

    Basically, anything I've come by that's under 256MB I just put Xubuntu on it and never have had a problem.
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    I found something called Basic Linux.
    It's a two floppy distribution based on Slackware 4.0
    It even has a GUI
    http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/...ions/baslinux/
    (I'm going to try Smartboot first though)
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