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Posted on 21-07-07 12:26
today i´ve just got a couple of shit old comps (2,7 GB HDD, 250 MHz proc, 64MB of RAM) and i want install on these shits arch linux. is it possible, what are system requirements of this linux? if not, which linux is the best for these old computers?


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Posted on 22-07-07 05:10
What You Will Need

* A working knowledge of Linux and your system, esp. your hardware
* Arch Linux installation media (see the mirror list)
o Either the Arch Linux Install CD, or
o 2-7 floppy disks, depending on what you need: SCSI, ethernet, etc.
* Either an i686-based computer (PPro, Pentium 2 or higher, Athlon/Duron, VIA-C7, etc. Note that AMD K6, Transmeta Crusoe, CyrixIII, and VIA-C3 are NOT supported.), or
* An x86-64-based computer (Pentium 4/Celeron with x64 support, Athlon x64, Core2)
* Some time to kill

You could probably do a minimum install of Arch linux on one of those machines, but for all my experience, I have yet to have problems installing Slackware on older machines. Depending on your memory capacity and video card constraints, you might not be able to run a window manager, but the OS would be there and functional.

I've heard Vector Linux is fairly lightweight and works pretty well on older hardware, but I've not had any personal experience with that distro other than a quick install and test of it.


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Posted on 22-07-07 05:19
I say try Xubuntu or DamnSmallLinux. I know DSL would work well (the entire image is under 50mb) and I use Xubuntu on a similar system, although this one has 192mb ram. Xubuntu would probably be too heavy, but DSL or Puppydog Linux might work alright. I don't know anything about Arch Linux, so i can't really help you there, but from my experience, DSL would probably be the best route. It even worked ok on a LiveCD.


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Posted on 22-07-07 18:08
Well just try it, but as said start with the basic install, then if you want a desktop environment you can try blackbox or some other light weight.