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slimalbert22
I'd like to install an OS on a very old PC.
It has a 500MHz processor and 128MB RAM.

What's the lightest and best free OS I can choose from?
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    OH Smeg

    Should be easy to use and run quite well on that high a specification unit.

    http://www.puppylinux.org/main/index.php?file=Download Latest Release.htm

    But this all depends on what it is you want to do with this unit.

    Col

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    dldorrance

    Read this page for specific information, which includes running Puppy Linux on a 75 mHz processor with 40 MB ram.
    http://www.puppylinux.org/wikka/MinReq

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    I've installed it on a 500mHz P3 w/256 meg RAM and 40 gig HD.

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    OH Smeg

    You can run XP. After all it was once a High End System when XP was younger.

    While I was using a Dual Processor M'Board with 2 X 500 P3 and 1 GIG of RAM up until a year or so ago to run XP more than happily many people couldn't buy anything as powerful as a 500 P3 and 256 MEG or RAM not that long ago. Back then RAM was expensive so you fitted the most powerful CPU you could afford and skimped on the RAM to get the best system you could afford.

    Col

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    and with only 128meg RAM, would more likely "crawl" rather than "run". But Win98SE might be quite happy, though it isn't "free" either.

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    TobiF

    Win98 is out of support. If your system will be on the public internet, then a system with known vulnerabilities may not be the best choice.

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    Slayer_

    Which might as well be free, enter all 0's as your serial key.

    Windows 95 does not support the majority of viruses on the web, and IE 5.5 SP2 is super secure.

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    Let's go on back to, say MS DOS 6.22 and Win3X...use WFWG311 if you need TCP/IP networking via nic, if using dialup use Win31. Install a winsock (Shiva, Trumpet),
    along with Calmira to replace Program Manager and he'd have a Win9X look...or could skin Calmira to look like XP!
    OR, he could just stay in DOS, use Arachne for web, email etc., even as a program launcher/shell! Arachne can even work with nic cards if you can find the appropriate driver.
    Depending on hard disk size, he may need to FDisk a few extended DOS partitions though, best to keep them under 1 gig each, but will handle up to 2 gig. With 128 meg RAM, could setup a RAMDisk to handle all the temp and Arachne cache, he'd have one screaming demon!
    No worry about clikjack, Javascript exploits, or buggy old Flash either, hehe!

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    OH Smeg

    DR DOS was much better and had far more switches to make it so much more useful than anything M$ put out.

    Try the old X COPY Command with MS DOS and see what it can actually copy then compare that to DR DOS and see the difference.

    I often RAN Windows 3.11 on top of DR Dos and it worked much better than it did running on top of MS DOS.

    Even today on some very new CAM Stuff that I'm supporting I place a License for MS DOS into the insides Cover and Load DR Dos for the increased functionality.

    Col

    Col

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    dldorrance

    The question is "What's the *lightest*
    and best *free* OS I can choose from? (emphasis added).

    Windows is excluded as it is not free. DOS is the lightest and free. Pupppy Linux is better than DOS, as it has a GUI, complex command set and provides drivers for old as well as recent devices. Neither is "best", but then that is a grammar issue.

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    Chi-7

    I would recommend Mint LXDE, (long as you have 128M ram, a Pentium 1 @ 600MHZ & 15G HD) it will give you a full functioning GUI, install is a breeze.

    The LXDE desktop is fairly minimalistic but fast, runs rings around "Doze 98 & 98SE", stable, reliable, runs all of the KDE and Gnome apps, rarely requires any console intervention during install/setup.

    I've been donating these "wood burning boxes" to my local school district in rural central Florida, a very revenue poor district, so far to rave reviews from the teachers.

    I like the LXDE desktop so much it will be going on my personal SuSE 11.3 platforms.

    http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=51

    Burn this .iso image to a cd at the slowest rate available, this assures old optical drives can read it.

    Good Luck!! (be sure to wipe the drive before install, leave it unallocated and let the installer have it's way with it)

    OK Bye!;-)

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    greg.crook

    CrunchBang Linux

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    OH Smeg

    Should be easy to use and run quite well on that high a specification unit.

    http://www.puppylinux.org/main/index.php?file=Download Latest Release.htm

    But this all depends on what it is you want to do with this unit.

    Col

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    dldorrance

    Read this page for specific information, which includes running Puppy Linux on a 75 mHz processor with 40 MB ram.
    http://www.puppylinux.org/wikka/MinReq

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    I've installed it on a 500mHz P3 w/256 meg RAM and 40 gig HD.

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    OH Smeg

    You can run XP. After all it was once a High End System when XP was younger.

    While I was using a Dual Processor M'Board with 2 X 500 P3 and 1 GIG of RAM up until a year or so ago to run XP more than happily many people couldn't buy anything as powerful as a 500 P3 and 256 MEG or RAM not that long ago. Back then RAM was expensive so you fitted the most powerful CPU you could afford and skimped on the RAM to get the best system you could afford.

    Col

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    and with only 128meg RAM, would more likely "crawl" rather than "run". But Win98SE might be quite happy, though it isn't "free" either.

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    TobiF

    Win98 is out of support. If your system will be on the public internet, then a system with known vulnerabilities may not be the best choice.

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    Slayer_

    Which might as well be free, enter all 0's as your serial key.

    Windows 95 does not support the majority of viruses on the web, and IE 5.5 SP2 is super secure.

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    Let's go on back to, say MS DOS 6.22 and Win3X...use WFWG311 if you need TCP/IP networking via nic, if using dialup use Win31. Install a winsock (Shiva, Trumpet),
    along with Calmira to replace Program Manager and he'd have a Win9X look...or could skin Calmira to look like XP!
    OR, he could just stay in DOS, use Arachne for web, email etc., even as a program launcher/shell! Arachne can even work with nic cards if you can find the appropriate driver.
    Depending on hard disk size, he may need to FDisk a few extended DOS partitions though, best to keep them under 1 gig each, but will handle up to 2 gig. With 128 meg RAM, could setup a RAMDisk to handle all the temp and Arachne cache, he'd have one screaming demon!
    No worry about clikjack, Javascript exploits, or buggy old Flash either, hehe!

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    OH Smeg

    DR DOS was much better and had far more switches to make it so much more useful than anything M$ put out.

    Try the old X COPY Command with MS DOS and see what it can actually copy then compare that to DR DOS and see the difference.

    I often RAN Windows 3.11 on top of DR Dos and it worked much better than it did running on top of MS DOS.

    Even today on some very new CAM Stuff that I'm supporting I place a License for MS DOS into the insides Cover and Load DR Dos for the increased functionality.

    Col

    Col

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    dldorrance

    The question is "What's the *lightest*
    and best *free* OS I can choose from? (emphasis added).

    Windows is excluded as it is not free. DOS is the lightest and free. Pupppy Linux is better than DOS, as it has a GUI, complex command set and provides drivers for old as well as recent devices. Neither is "best", but then that is a grammar issue.

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    Chi-7

    I would recommend Mint LXDE, (long as you have 128M ram, a Pentium 1 @ 600MHZ & 15G HD) it will give you a full functioning GUI, install is a breeze.

    The LXDE desktop is fairly minimalistic but fast, runs rings around "Doze 98 & 98SE", stable, reliable, runs all of the KDE and Gnome apps, rarely requires any console intervention during install/setup.

    I've been donating these "wood burning boxes" to my local school district in rural central Florida, a very revenue poor district, so far to rave reviews from the teachers.

    I like the LXDE desktop so much it will be going on my personal SuSE 11.3 platforms.

    http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=51

    Burn this .iso image to a cd at the slowest rate available, this assures old optical drives can read it.

    Good Luck!! (be sure to wipe the drive before install, leave it unallocated and let the installer have it's way with it)

    OK Bye!;-)

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    greg.crook

    CrunchBang Linux