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by zuron7 Aug 7, 2010 at 6:08 PM 1,791 Views 19 replies
  1. zuron7
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    zuron7 RBYG

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    I have a 12 year old laptop with Windows 98 on it.I want to install Linux., so I want to know what distro is the best for it.

    Here are the specs:
    800MHz CPU
    256MB ram
    640KB of System Ram

    ASk if you need for more info
     
  2. Wabsta

    Wabsta you fight like a dairy farmer

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    I don't really know much about Linux, since I'm not a great fan of it. What I do know, is that there are some really stripped down windows XP on the internet, that will run perfectly with that specs.

    If you do want linux, if I can remember right, there is one called Damn Small Linux or something right? Maybe you could try that.

     
  3. Thoob

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    Damn Small would be a good bet for this machine. Or you could look for an older version of Ubuntu that will run on lower-spec hardware.
     
  4. Overlord Nadrian

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    Many Linux distro's can run on those specs (of course, don't expect a lot of eyecandy). I suggest you try a distribution like Kubuntu if you haven't used anything but Linux before, though I'm not sure if it'd work out well.

    Otherwise, I'd suggest getting Ubuntu Netbook (yeah, Netbook, because it was made to run on low spec computers) or Linux Mint.

    Also, after looking around on Google for a sec, I found this topic, so you should have a look at it.
     
  5. zuron7
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    Tried XP on it It's too slow.Especially booting
     
  6. Strider

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    It really depends on what you want to do.... you're going at this from the wrong perspective.

    Also, it's more important to select the lean components for your use. Like xfce as light desktop environment in your case.
     
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  9. zuron7
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    I'm going to try a OS that wabsta mentioned to me-MicroXP since I'm not that great at linux.
    If it doesn't work out I'll try the suggestions that you'll have given

    thanks
     
  10. nutella

    nutella Low Glycemic Index

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    What he said. Puppy Linux is probably the best distro for computers with 256mb of RAM or less. If you plan on using wireless, make sure whatever you're using works with Linux (PCMCIA card or otherwise). That's probably the only issue you should have. Other than that, I say go for it. I run Puppy Linux on a computer with worse specs than that and it flies (considering how old it is).
     
  11. BoxShot

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    I really don't think Kubuntu would even run well on a computer like that.

    I'd recommend Puppy or Antix.
     
  12. zuron7
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    I got what I want and I burned the .iso image onto a disk and changed the boot sequence so that the cd boots first but no matter how many times I try it still goes back to Windows98.
     
  13. Elritha

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    Are you sure the iso image you burnt is a bootable image? If it isn't you'll have to either modify it to make it bootable before burning, or boot from a windows 98 startup floppy disk and install that way.

    If all that doesn't work out I'd recommend trying Xubuntu.
     
  14. Urza

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    Debian variants in general (which includes all Ubuntu variants) are relatively resource-intensive.

    In addition to the multiple prior Puppy recommendations, Arch is a very lightweight, and full-featured distro. If you take the short amount of time to become familiar with the platform you can build a very efficient and effective machine.
     
  15. nutella

    nutella Low Glycemic Index

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    Oh yes, how could we forget. Its quite daunting at first, but the documentation is tremendous. Its very satisfying having it setup and its a power users dream.

    And to the guy who recommended AntiX, thanks. I'm looking it up now.
     
  16. zuron7
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    Thanks for your help guys Kubuntu works like magic.
    I made a mistake of burning the disk with one that was in-built with Windows.
    I used IMGBURN and it worked properly.
     
  17. t^2

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    I'm surprised Kubuntu works like magic on a low-spec computer, it's very resource-hogging.

    If you ever find it too laggy or just want to speed things up, try Xubuntu. It's much lighter and requires pretty much the same know-how to configure as Kubuntu. XFCE > KDE on low spec computers.
     
  18. nutella

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    I was surprised too. But, whatever works, I guess...
     
  19. trumpet-205

    trumpet-205 Embrace the darkness within

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    Actually I would recommend Fedora LXDE Spin. Even Xubuntu is resource-hogging IMO.

    Like others have said, very surprised that Kubuntu works "like a magic".
     
  20. Nimbus

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    Probably being lazy.
    Puppy Linux may work, it's pretty lightweight.
    Xubuntu is a long shot, but may be able to work
    Lubuntu (Ubuntu with LXDE Desktop Environment) may also be a good choice

    Either way, I commend you for at least considering Linux, you've made this hell-raven smile inside.