linux. what should i use for a p166

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  1. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    im looking for a lean version of linux for a p166 laptop and i don't know what to choose. plus i think i will need a boot disk for it since the laptop wont boot from a cd.

    http://www.linuxiso.org/distro.php?distro=29

    i was looking at this but i dont knwoa what i want ,.
     
  2. cpugeniusmv

    cpugeniusmv Computer Genius

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    i don't know if mandrake is quite what you want for that system...it's a pretty heavy distro. you might try slackware. it has a floppy install (mandrake may too, but i don't know about it.) and it runs very well on older systems. (ask me about my laptop! it's older than yours ;D)
     
  3. sean.ferguson

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    for such an old box to install on, dont go Mdk.. or any other rpm based distro for that matter (fedora, rh, suse, lycoris etc)
    you might be better trying an older version of Slackware or BSD :)
     
  4. cpugeniusmv

    cpugeniusmv Computer Genius

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    DO NOT install an older version unless you absolutely can't get the latest version working. bug fixes are important...and that's why new releases supercede old releases :)

    my 50 mhz laptop with 5 mb of ram is running slackware 9.1 (10 wasn't out at time of installation, haven't had time to play with upgrading yet :) )

    granted, it's not running X-windows...but your system would be able to without a hitch. just use a lighter window manager, such as fluxbox, icewm, etc.
     
  5. sean.ferguson

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    yeah, but if you get an older version, patch the security updates there is less to update :p
    nah but it reality.. go with what cpu said. Try the 9.1 or 10 version, then get older ;)
     
  6. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    security isnt a problem the damn thing cant get on the net. just want to play with linux and make teh computer somewhat usful for word
     
  7. Son Goku

    Son Goku No lover of dogma

    It is possible to use Mandrake or Fedora (well at least Redhat 9 one could) with a strip down install. There might be a minamilist install option as well. It would be good to customize the package install in any case, and only select the bare essentials, which you will need, regardless of the distro. The standard install would probably be too much; and one of the reasons I was iffy on the suggestion of win2k or what not, the amount of RAM in this computer wasn't specified.

    Many Pentium 133s only had like 32 MB of RAM or what not (maybe 64 MB). In any case, the amount of RAM could be an important point here as well... This is as important a factor, as the CPU... Playing against this, is how new you are to Linux, how comfortable you are, and how much time you want to spend learning stuff (you could for instance go without a GUI, but would have to do things command line, and there will be more to learn there). There's a balancing act, no doubt. The good news is, if you have your laptop next to your PC, you could probably ask people here (as well as do some research online) to help figure out what might be confusing you at first.

    One note however, you will want gcc if you plan on putting any software on there. And depending on how you can select this, make sure to get anything for C++, along with the header files (if these are listed as a seperate option). Compilers need these, as a fair amount of code which is supplied with a compiler is included in the .h files...and programers rather expect one will have them... When I was taking advanced UNIX last semester, we in part had tests with various configs, and some required us to install Redhat 9 in less then 1.5 GB of space and stuff, while giving us very specific parameters for customizing it. Many of my class mates left gcc out, and then ran into probs as they needed to comile and install stuff...
     
  8. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    use something like Debian or FreeBSD something without a glossy gui installer, I would personally recommend FreeBSD for this though
     
  9. Xie

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    My vote would go for slackware :) I run it on my p150 "server".
     
  10. sean.ferguson

    sean.ferguson Moderator Folding Team

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    um, this should be moved from "windows" and put in the right forum...
     
  11. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    lol good call .. didn't even notice that :p
     
  12. sean.ferguson

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    i think when EP moved categories etc he missed a few ;P
     
  13. karl_axe

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    Son Goku

    I was able to install RH9 in 1.3Gigs. Complete with KDE, KOffice, multimedia apps, grafic apps, compilers for C & C++, tools for compiling programs including X-devel, etc...

    can you tell me how i can get a list off all installed packages? I'm planning to strip it down further. Can you give me a list of the software you packed into 1.5Gigs? I'm planning to start a minimal install and build from there.

    tnx
     
  14. cpugeniusmv

    cpugeniusmv Computer Genius

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    haven't used rpm in a while, but try this:
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    rpm -q -a | less
     
  15. desie

    desie OSNN Senior Addict

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    www.vectorlinux.com lean mean version of slackware, got that running on 300mhz with 64mb ram.