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Pentium II, Linux...hmmm...
« on: October 20, 2010, 09:24:52 pm »
Ok, so I'm getting my families old Pentium II machine to play around with :D I'm thinking about just making it a slave machine or something, probably load some lightweight linux system on it, something simple and command line based, with SSH support. I'd have to access it with a cable because we want to upgrade our web password to WPA2 instead of WEP, and it's what is holding us back. So, which version of linux would you guys recommend for a Pentium II?
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Re: Pentium II, Linux...hmmm...
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2010, 09:36:46 pm »
Kmandla's blog has lots of lovely console-based stuff on it: http://kmandla.wordpress.com/
He uses Crux, I think.

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Re: Pentium II, Linux...hmmm...
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2010, 09:42:55 pm »
Ok, is Crux best for a Pentium II though? it's a pretty slow processor...also, I don't know if it has a full GB of RAM...can't remember
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Re: Pentium II, Linux...hmmm...
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2010, 10:41:16 pm »
Apparently Kmandla has once run (and used) Crux on a Pentium I :)

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Re: Pentium II, Linux...hmmm...
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2010, 11:13:46 pm »
If you had installed Windows on this I would have said install Starcraft right away ;D

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Re: Pentium II, Linux...hmmm...
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2010, 11:27:56 pm »
I had a Pentium II with Windows XP on it... It was laggy as hell. Then I installed Ubuntu, then Xubuntu... For having tested them, these three are not the best thing to put on it. BTW I had 256MB of RAM on it.

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Re: Pentium II, Linux...hmmm...
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2010, 11:53:23 pm »
If you had installed Windows on this I would have said install Starcraft right away ;D

Wine with DirectX installed! ;)

Try Lubuntu. It uses half the ram that Ububtu uses I believe.

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Re: Pentium II, Linux...hmmm...
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2010, 12:56:44 am »
Thanks guys for the tips :) ill do a little research myself too on what you recommended :)
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Re: Pentium II, Linux...hmmm...
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2010, 01:59:46 am »
If you had installed Windows on this I would have said install Starcraft right away ;D

Wine with DirectX installed! ;)

Try Lubuntu. It uses half the ram that Ububtu uses I believe.
Would Wine run fast on such old comp? Also battle.net doesn't work in Wine, from what I remember. He would need to use iCCup, if that even works at all either.

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Re: Pentium II, Linux...hmmm...
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2010, 02:33:36 am »
I still regularly use a P3+256Mb RAM+Fedora 10. In fact, it's my standard working PC. :D

RedHat should work fine if you strip it down a bit. It's what we use on our home server here (waaayyy older still than my computer, and runs fine with RH9 enterprise)

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Re: Pentium II, Linux...hmmm...
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2010, 03:04:08 am »
Wow, is that your most recent comp? O.O

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Re: Pentium II, Linux...hmmm...
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2010, 06:37:00 am »
I would recommend arch or gentoo if you plan to actually use it regularly, or if you just want to play around you could try LFS.  That's always fun and helps you learn more about how stuff works.  By the way I'm pretty sure running an application in wine is no different than running it on actual windows- it doesn't use any extra power (however, if, for example, your linux graphics card driver is worse than the windows equivalent, it would perform worse- not wine's fault though).  Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

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Re: Pentium II, Linux...hmmm...
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2010, 09:13:32 am »
Well im not going to be using anything graphical, im going to just stick to console based. I've already got a fast enough computer for that kind of thing :p
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Re: Pentium II, Linux...hmmm...
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2010, 09:29:29 am »
Ah ok :D

What are you planning to do with this PC, btw? Is it mostly to store some files?

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Re: Pentium II, Linux...hmmm...
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2010, 09:57:20 am »
Well, it will have extra storage space for me, but i also want to use it for messing around wirh *nix but doibg stuff i dont want to try on my computer
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