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I was digging thru some parts again in the spare bedroom, and found some working socket 370 based stuff.

Celeron 1100 (I also have a P3 1000 and 733)
Asus CUV4X
512MB-1GB PC133 (Haven't sorted thru all the ram yet)
Geforce 4 MX440

I have copies of Red Hat 9 and Mandrake 9 from wayyy back but I wondered which other distros and versions would run efficiently on this old hardware, and also support some worthy software.
Suggestions please? biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 12
its not so much "which distro" will run on it, it is the question of what "desktop/window manager will run on it".

xubuntu, crunchbang, lubuntu, etc...are good starting points. (personally i would say give crunchbang with openbox a shot first.)
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If you are feeling adventurous Arch is great for creating a minimal install on a low power systems.
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Crunchbang is great! It's on my ASuS 1000HE and I love it.

There is also a version of Arch called ArchBang (lightweight openbox) if you want to get your hands dirty with that.

Distros like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or like Sabayon would probably be to bloated so I'd advise staying away from them to create less headache.
Edited by Aeloi - 4/14/11 at 8:25am
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Thanx for the quick few replies. I'll check out a couple of these and post back when I get it all put together. I'm downloading crunchbang as we speak.
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#! is a really nice OS smile.gif its my linux of choice these days

its basically just a modified debian set up with openbox, a tint2 panel, and a conky config all set up by default

has the debian repos so any software you can get for debian you can get for crunchbang

#! has two versions, both light weight, the openbox one is more lightweight while the xfce version looks really similar with a tiny bit more fluff to it smile.gif

if you have any questions after the install feel free to ask, or you can drop by the #crunchbang irc channel on freenode with the pre-installed xchat2 irc client, its pretty chilled out compared to most linux irc channels ive been on lol
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post #7 of 12
You can run an Xfce-based install quite happily on that rig - I'd recommend trying Xubuntu or Mint Xfce, see how they run. If they're too sluggish, you might wanna try out Crunchbang (don't forget that Openbox doesn't have desktop icons, it's all on the right-click!) or Lubuntu
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If its a PC just for fun and messing around you should give FreeBSD a whirl. It's not Linux but it is a fantabulous operating system. If you've done an Arch Linux install before, FreeBSD is nothing crazy by comparison.

Happy computing!

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Devoid;13141943 
If its a PC just for fun and messing around you should give FreeBSD a whirl. It's not Linux but it is a fantabulous operating system. If you've done an Arch Linux install before, FreeBSD is nothing crazy by comparison.

Happy computing!

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if you wanna screw around with bsd you can do freebsd or openbsd... OR you can do pcbsd which is basically freebsd with kde pre-installed and such...

i personally dont like bsd so much... linux makes a much better desktop system smile.gif but as servers are concerned they are pretty much equal
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FreeBSD with a *box WM installed.
    
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