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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    thanks.

    I haven't got a spare memory stick so I've ordered one, should be here by next week. I'll post my results.

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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Has anyone tried the new TinyMe 2008.0? How does it compare to AntiX and Puppy... A friend has an old PII Compaq with 64mb of ram that may be interested in trying something new. It's running Puppy 3.01 now, and it's pretty slow. DVD playback doesn't work, and he'd like it to. Is that feasible? Thanks guys.
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    I think it would be a good idea to add geexbox to this list, anyone agree?

    http://geexbox.org/en/index.html

    The iso is 8.9mb in total , and it is used on one of my computers (866mhz, 128mb , 20gb) them specs, even though they are quite low, are way over the minimum recommended requirements on the site
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    That would be useful if...
    Old computers had DVD drives
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    hey I got the memory stick, I have put DSL files on it according to the DSL wiki.

    I need to install it to the memory stick from within windows, and the DSL wiki says I have to unzip "DSL embedded.zip" to the memory stick (what I've already done),
    then download "syslinux-3.63.zip" and

    "Go to a command prompt and run syslinux for your drive from \win32\syslinux.exe typing:SYSLINUX -ma F:"

    is that right? I have to download syslinux and type 'SYSLINUX -ma F:' in command prompt? What will this do? F is the memory stick by the way.

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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Quote Originally Posted by zmjjmz View Post
    That would be useful if...
    Old computers had DVD drives
    it can access files over nfs, so even with no dvd drive it could be useful
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    I always figured you could just boot the DSL CD and install it to the flash drive from there...
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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    you should add ubuntu 5.04 to it too

    Its old too

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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyper Tails View Post
    you should add ubuntu 5.04 to it too

    Its old too
    But one should not use old versions of Linux even on old computers. They are not maintained, and there are no security updates any more.

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    Re: Operating systems for really, really old computers

    Hey I like your lightweight linux blog. You raise an interesting question on which I think the jury is out. Should old versions of Linux be used? Doesn't the Linux 2.6 kernel have high minimum system requirements?

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