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Re: small machine needs a small linux.



On Tue, 2008-01-01 at 13:55 -0500, Ric Moore wrote:
> 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.
Well, IMO, you are comparing apples and oranges or WIN-3.0 against
Vista, if you prefer it this way ;)

Fedora runs pretty well the class of machines you describe
(PIII-700/512RAM). It won't be lightning fast, but will still be fairly
usable.

>  So, I was figuring that with a small enough distro they should
> lift up their skirts and haul ass.
I would not expect this to bring you much further, because all modern
Linux distros are comparable resource demanding.

>  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
Not using a KDE or Gnome-desktop doesn't really make much of a
difference a PIII-700/512 RAM. What makes a real difference is getting
rid (disabling/removing) all unnecessary applications, features etc.

Ralf



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