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Re: Distro for Exit-level PC

__/ [ ray ] on Saturday 30 December 2006 00:03 \__

> On Fri, 29 Dec 2006 23:27:10 +0000, B Gruff wrote:
>> Come on you guys - what can I use?
>> I have a load of junk here that's going to the local tip in a couple of
>> days.  From it (remains of 3 old PCs) I can salvage:-
>> - a desktop case, PSU, floppy, CD readers
>> - several disks, 8GB and 16GB
>> - 2 identical mobos
>> - two CPUs with fans, 200Mhz and 233Mhz
>> - total of 128MB RAM
>> - PCI graphics card, 64MB (and a couple of very old ones)
>> - 10/100 ethernet card
>> - 17" LCD (CRTs are going to tip)
>> In short, I can make up a 233Mhz 128MB machine, with some spares.
>> What can I run as a Linux distro on it?
>> Uses:-
>> 1. It can dual-boot with W98 for demo purposes to friends who currently
>> have
>> W98/ME systems!  Demo of how big a bang one can get from how few bucks, in
>> fact.
>> 2. It will be very quiet, and can be used for overnight downloads etc.
>> 3. A spare machine for a bit of browsing etc by visitors.
>> 4. Possibly as an FTP server or similar for family/friends to swap files?
>> 5. Experiments with "thin client" systems?
>> What do I have to choose from?  Must have GUI.
> I've found that Elive runs quite decently on a P166 with 64mb. Debian
> based, Enlightenment powered - this is a Live CD with an install button on
> the desktop. Highly recommend that you try it.

Something that I read today suggests that Elive will have KDE merged. But
lesser hardware can cope with some older versions...

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About the CRT's, why not just use them for as part of an array? Multiheads
are nice, you just need a graphics card(s). I have two CRT's lying about
because I'm emotionally attached to them... one of them I've had since I was

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