__/ [AN O'Nymous] on Sunday 12 February 2006 12:29 \__
> hdneto17@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> Hi everybody!
>> I am formating this computer for my sister. Now this computer is very
>> old 500 MHz and 128mb. I am installing windows 98 and I would also like
>> to install a very light version of linux. Which distribution of Linux,
>> perferbably one that has a graphical interface, do you suggest.
>> Thank You.
> Try Damn Small Linux. I have a 128MB RAM PC as well. Very hard to
> upgrade the RAM as it is RDRAM and for the cost of a matched pair I'm
> almost halfway to buying a new low end budget comp that will trounce
> the old one in every regard.
> With DSL you can monitor CPU/memory usage immediately on the top right
> corner of the screen. The distro never pushed my poor old backup PC
> :-). DSL is fine if you want to do some web browsing, text editing and
> music listening whilst your main PC is busy.
I hear a lot about Damn Small Linux whenever this frequently-asked question
gets re-surrected. The only point I would like to make is that multi-tasking
abilities should make the latter suggestion less then pragmatic, unless of
course the two computers are well-bound (e.g. shared network) and the
capacity of the weaker machine is decent. I used Mandrake on a Pentium I
machine, but it was only valuable when I needed to run the GIMP, which I did
not have on other machines that ran Mac OS or Windows.