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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    I once installed Redhat on a Compaq Presario 2266... Cyrix 225MHz/64MB SDRAM/4GB HD. Didn't have the initiative to learn Linux then, I upgraded the memory to 256MB (the max), installed W2KAS & it is now my domain controller.
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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    well im getting a cd of 6.06 and 7.10 but i wanna no if Gusty Gibbon would be slower then this horribly fragmented win 98 im using

    you no just to be sure

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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    Hard to say what that win98 install has been through...it may be slow due to excessive wear and tear ya know, but yea, Ubuntu may not be "faster" than a fresh install of 98 on an old computer (sorry guys) but it will DEFINATELY be more useful

    I recommend Puppy Linux version 3.01 on that machine myself, if you need help with the permenant installer pm me...
    A computer allows you to make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    Actually my win98 isn't Fragmented it just gets exponentially slower cuz there's a problem with my HD and ive got a fresh one waiting to have the linuxy goodness installed so i really was just wondering if my processor and ram were up to speed (733Mhz and 284mb Ram)
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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    Meh...pretty close. The ram may be a bit limiting but the processor is plenty fast enough. It will work, but maybe not lightning fast.
    A computer allows you to make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    Fujitsu 735Dx.

    The machine specs are:
    133Mhz Pentium 1
    32MB ram
    1.6GB Harddrive
    CD-rom
    no floppy or ethernet
    wlan0 provided by pcmcia wireless card.

    Installed DSL to the harddrive and customized it to include shoutcast radio via xmms among other goodies as well as a homemade backup/restore solution with a second installation on a backup partition.

    Was a great for IRC Pidgin/GAIM and listening to internet radio.

    The backup solution I came up with can be found at
    http://damnsmalllinux.org/cgi-bin/fo...6;t=18180;st=0

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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    I got an early version of Kubuntu kind of working on an old classic Pentium 100 MHx (actually an over clocked P90). It had 96 MB of RAM both kind of floppies (3.5 and 5.25), a 6GB hard drive, a 10/100 LAN and a serial mouse. To get the mouse to work, the mouse in xorg.conf had to be set to "Microsoft"

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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chessmaster View Post
    How do you find it runs? I am thinking of doing something similar.
    Uh, don't try to open more than 4 windows.
    2010 IBM Thinkpad 510, 4GB RAM, i5-540M, NVS 3100M

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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    for me the oldest is debian 4.0 on a HP OmniBook 800CT subnotebook (166mhz, 32mb, 2gig HD) i use it with mplayer to watch videos i get off youtube with links2 and youtube-dl
    specs:
    cpu: 2.8GHz celeron ram: 1GB HDD:16GB
    graphics: nvidia 256MB geforce6 6200

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    Re: What's the OLDEST computer you have installed linux on?

    I think maybe I win this contest, but only maybe.

    I have installed minix (which yeah, is only like Linux, it's not true Linux) on a bog standard 286/16Mhz with 1mb ram.

    However, most impressive was when I managed to get Linux to boot on a hot-rodded PC/XT 10MHz with 2MB ram (banked). I installed an 8 bit SCSI controller and got a heavily customised install of Slackware onto it. I couldn't do anything with it, and vi took about 2 days to load, but it was worth it for a laugh!

    As you antique fans out there will know, the XT came before the 286 and that seems to be the oldest machine on this post - so do I win?

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