>I would like to install Linux and to facilitate this, I will be buying another
>computer. I would like to know what I should use as a minimum - ie
>processor speed, RAM, and hard drive space.. In other words, can I pick up
>a cheap 486DX that someone is selling for a couple hundred bucks or do I
>need to go higher end than that? If you could email any responses, I would
>greatly appreciate it!
I'm writing this message to you from a 386DX-33 with 10Megs of RAM.
While I wouldn't want to run X on it, it performs well as a printer
server, file server, IP masquerade server, and runs a small NNTP feed.
The only thing which I feel is unacceptable is the file serving performance.
(Keep in mind that it acts as a server for one other computer!)
I also use a 486DX2-50 with 16MB or RAM and a 250Meg HD at work.
If you plan on running X and using your box as a workstation, I'd recommend
the following minimum:
486DX2-66 or DX4-100
32 Megs of RAM
400-500Meg hard drive (two would be nice)
VLB video card.
If you don't need to run X, I'd look at the following minimum:
400-500Meg HD (either one or two)
any VGA card
The bare minimum to run linux:
4Megs RAM (maybe 5, can't remember)
probably an 80 Meg hard drive for a spartan machine
a VGA card
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