What compilation for old comp?

Discussion in 'Linux & BSD' started by arew264, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. arew264

    arew264 OSNN Junior Addict

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    Hey i have an acer 166 MHz 96 meg ram comp that I would really like to set up as a file server on my network. Which version of linus should i use? I'm not to great with command line apps but I could probably get one to work if it wasnt incredibly hard. Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    Well with a comp w/ those stats your going to want something light like Slackware or Damn Small Linux. Your also probably gonna have to/wanna learn Command line due to your very low specs.
     
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  3. arew264

    arew264 OSNN Junior Addict

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    I really think that dsl would be best for this comp, but I cant boot from a cd (no bios option) and I cant seem to get the floppy install to work because the filenames they give in the FAQ dont match the ones in the img file. I downloaded boot 0.8.0 and these are the files in it:
    boot.msg
    f2
    f3
    german.kbd
    idlinux.sys
    linux24
    logo.16
    minirt24.gz
    syslinux.cfg

    I have no idea how to do this, could someone please help?
    I need to install from floppies because the old cd drive in the comp wont seem to read my burn disks but it reads factory disks fine.
     
  4. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    I would recommend Gentoo Linux. The advantage is that it will compile everything so it's optimized for your computer (which can be good if you have a slow poke like the one you have).

    The downside is that it compiles everything, so installs will take friggin ages on a slow computer. ;)
     
  5. desie

    desie OSNN Senior Addict

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    Would take about 10 years on his comp, try http://www.vectorlinux.com/ it's a bit like Slackware but very cut down, you may get away with using a GUI and small window manager on this.
     
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  6. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    No, but a few days maybe. ;)
     
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  7. X-Istence

    X-Istence * Political User

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    I know you asked for Linus, you probably meant Linux though.

    That is an awesome little file server, if it has a bit of disk space, i suggest http://freebsd.org/. They have the awesome handbook, which holds your hand throughout the entire installation, and contains good documentation on how to do other tasks, like installing from the ports, firewalls, and rebuilding the kernel/world.

    http://freebsd.org/handbook/ for more information.
     
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  8. arew264

    arew264 OSNN Junior Addict

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    THanks for all your help, I wish I had time to find the best version, but I just downloaded the live cd of DSL and ran it. I still have to put samba on there, but I think I like it. THanks again.