[nSLUG] Re: what distro for this old machine
mspencer at tallships.ca
Mon Nov 28 04:15:41 AST 2005
> I have a p2 266, 64meg memory (trying to get it up to 128meg) 32 meg
> matrox g550 vid card, 3 gig hard drive. What distro would be the
> best for this machine?
I'm running Slackware 10 on 2 P-IIs, a P133 and Toshiba Satellite Pro
430CDS. X works fine using twm but neither Gnome nor KDE. The 3G HD
means you'll want to do a custom install so as to skip unneccesary
stuff and save space on the HD. (One of the P-IIs and the P133 have
20G HDs but the laptop and the other PII have only -- I forget --
about 3G.) The PIIs have 128M RAM but the P133 only has 32M and is
fine for most stuff. The Toshiba only has 24M and is still mostly
okay. I doubt that any of these machines would run Gnome of KDE at a
satisfactory speed so it's good that I don't want them.
CPU speed seems okay for most apps. Netscape 4.76 is fine, Foxfire
just a tad sluggish. Using the PIIs, motion (webcam motion detetion
app) works okay but drops a lot of frames because (I assume) the CPU
can't do the frame comparisons as fast as the cam can send them.
I have tried to run a bootable Knoppix CD on one of the PIIs and it
was the pits.
Michael Spencer Nova Scotia, Canada .~.
mspencer at tallships.ca /( )\
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