[Techtalk] A distro for old machines...
bud at babytux.org
Mon Feb 2 13:10:30 EST 2004
Wow thats gr8! I could too tied up with some other stuf I didnt get time to
persue it. I was able to get Debian 3.0 up and running with just flux box but
it wasnt too stable. I downloaded Vectra so I'm hoping to give it a try.
The main issue is always RAM so are you running this system on 24MB ram? What
window manager are you running?
For playing audio I think xmms should work for you. Just give it a try.. its
not very heavy on resources.. though I'm not sure how it will perform on a
Could you possible post your XFree86 config. Is that specific to your grahic
card or generic (e.g. VESA)?
On Friday 30 January 2004 6:51 am, MMP - Barb Fox wrote:
> About a month ago there were some questions about what distro
> would work with old hardware. This is just a follow-up to say
> thanks for everybody who contributed to that thread.
> With the info from these posts, I decided to load linux on an
> old laptop (Pentium 90Mhz). I tried peanut linux and failed.
> Then I fought vector linux (couldn't get X working at all).
> Then I installed RedHat 9. It worked fine but X Windows was so
> incredibly slow (with just icewm, not a desktop mgr) that it was
> So I went back to vector linux. With some googling, I finally got
> an XF86Config that worked ok ( I just can't exit X without
> locking up the system.) But here's the fun thing -- I also
> installed Crossover Office (from Codeweaver). It allows you
> to run native Windows programs like Microsoft Office. It installed!
> It worked! And I now have native MS Office 97 running under
> linux on a machine with 24MB of memory. The performance is
> not snappy, but it's acceptable. Way to go vector linux!
> (Have to use PowerPoint 'cuz I teach presentations made by
> other people and Open Office doesn't render them properly.)
> So thanks everybody for the pointers in the right direction.
> Now...my husband wants to get the sound card working to play
> CD's. Any ideas where to start? (vector linux's vasm does nothing)
> Barb Fox
> mmp_fox at bellsouth.net
> >Hi, Bud,
> > > It should be able to run X windows with a decent desktop so that its
> > > intutive for newbies/windows users (with minimal documentation). The
> > > applications I am looking to run are mainly office based. Simple
> > > mutimedia is ofcourse a like to have option (play mp3, mpg/vcd and an
> > > audio cd)
> >Because of your very limited hardware I'd recommend Vector Linux at
> >http://www.vectorlinux.com I've used it with great success on my Toshiba
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