Question and info about Suse
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Sat Jul 8 22:44:46 UTC 2006
> what do you think about a Pentium 2 processor, 4.02 gb of hard disk, 64
> mb of ram, video card of Trident Cyber and sound card of Ess Technologies?
Other than possibly for the sound-card...only because I haven't
tried it and don't have any hardware compatibility lists on hand,
so I can't vouch for it. In all likelyhood, it will all work
fine. While Linux will most certainly run on such a machine, I'm
not sure recent versions of Suse are slim and trim enough to run
on such a beast without a lot of work. While you mention
gnopernicus, you don't specifically state whether you intend to
run it in a console, or try running the GUI (the X Window System)
wherein you would need gnopernicus.
You mention wanting braille, which sounds like a console version
running brltty (or perhaps speakup with a braille driver?) might
do the trick for you.
I would recommend a lighter version--debian, slackware, or gentoo
depending on your geekiness would be my recommendations, though
there are also a lot of folks on the list who opt for
Red-Hat/Fedora. It used to be modestly light, but has grown with
time. YMMV. I have a P133 laptop with only 32 megs of memory
running Debian and it seems to work quite well. I can get X
running on it, but it's a bit sluggish, and I wouldn't try to use
Gnome/KDE on the poor critter.
If you are just using the console and a braille console (or
hardware TTS), those specs should work quite well for you. If
you're trying to hammer in a GUI, at a mimimum, more RAM would
certainly help. If you're using software TTS, a slightly beefier
processor and more RAM would likely be helpful, though possibly
not essential. It would just feel sluggish, I suspect. Fine in
a pinch, or while experimenting, but I suspect you wouldn't want
to use it day in and day out.
Just a few thoughts from a guy who likes to keep his old dogged
machines running, even when they're waaaay past their prime.
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