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Re: small machine needs a small linux.

On Mon, 2007-12-31 at 20:02 -0500, Felix Miata wrote:
> On 2007/12/31 03:08 (GMT-0500) Ric Moore apparently typed:
> > Anyone know offhand if there is a "small linux" distro that also uses
> > rpms? I've got some PII's and PIII's to install to, and then give them
> > away to our charity. So, I'd like something that can make use of these
> > old machines and include a CD with each of them.
> Why do you think a PII or PIII can't run Fedora acceptably? Any of Fedora,
> Mandriva or OpenSUSE on any CPU of 500-600 MHz or more, FSB of 100 MHz or
> more, and physical RAM of more than 256M should be adequate, depending on
> intended use and choice of Desktop Environment. I have several recent/current
> distros working KDE perfectly adequately on a 9 year old PIII-700 system with
> 512M RAM, and I haven't bothered on any of them to strip unneeded services.
> Faster is certainly better, but don't let that distort your perception of
> what is really required.
> The speed of the newest systems has gotten so high that it screws up people's
> perspective on what's really required.
> http://docs.fedoraproject.org/release-notes/f8/en_US/sn-ArchSpecific.html#sn-ArchSpecific-x86-hw
> shows recommended CPU for graphical Fedora 8 is still only 400 MHz, RAM only 256M

Thanks for all the replies!! I have tried Fedora 7 on an eMachine with
512 of ram (that I tossed into it) and it really lags slower than my old
old 486DX2-66 when I ran Caldera on it back when... with 32 megs of
memory. So, I was figuring that with a small enough distro they should
lift up their skirts and haul ass. No, I don't have to have rpm, but I
just prefer it since back when. 

Just for grins, I'll re-install Fedora 7 to the eMachine and not install
KDE or Gnome. I'll report back tomorrow what occurred and how she runs
and feels. Ric

My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.
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