> > I have an old 586 Pentium 133MHz computer with a 2 GB hard drive and
> > 24 MB of RAM which I installed Red Hat 6.0 on a while ago. I was
> > having configuration problems, so I upgraded to Mandrake 8.1.
> > Unfortunatly, I didn't realize that Mandrake's system requirements
> > required a computer much better than that, so now the computer runs
> > extremely slowly, worse than Windows (*gasp*). What would be a good,
> > light version of Linux to run on the above kind of computer? Would an
> > older version of Mandrake (7.0?) work? If so, which one? I have heard
> > a lot of good stuff about Slackware, which version would be the "best"
> > for this computer? Would the latest version of Slackware (8.0, I
> > think), be too advanced, and too loaded? I want a good, stable, smooth
> > distro. And what about SuSE (version, etc.)?
> > I don't feel like trying Red Hat again, so please keep your
> > suggestions to only Mandrake, SuSE, and Slackware.
> > - Ketoglutaric Acid
> The big thing is that no matter what distribution of linux/GNU OS you use,
> you're never gonna get it as fast as you'd like because from what I can guess
> you don't want to take the time to configure your system properly. Re-compile
> your kernel by stripping all un-neccessary drivers, remove things from startup
> that you don't use, run in *gasp* console mode and startx when you feel the
> need to be in a graphical environment. You can't get * from a stone, and you
> can't overload an older system with so much overhead that it can't handle it.
> That having been said, try looking into the debian distribution. Although I
> don't really like this distro (for different reasons) it is a rather nice,
> rather customizable distro. Of course, no matter what distro you use, I suggest
> a re-compile of the kernel as a very first thing to do. After that, going
> through the init cycle (either ntsysv or manually editing /etc/rc.d/rcXX/XXX)
> and taking out anything you really don't use on a regular basis (Like the
> sendmaild, which you probably will never use, or telnetd...etc) and going
> through your X and .profile, .login, and .bashrc scripts and try to reduce
> overhead. I have linux running blazingly fast on a 486 and it DOES run X...just
> not by default (I keep it in runlevel 3)...
> Hope this helps,
Actually, I have MD set up to run on console when it starts up, but it
is still much slower than RH 60 (I tested using various software that
I found, and some I wrote). I installed them both using normal mode
and customized software, and I loaded much more software on the RH
system. I also ran GNOME no problem (probably was version 1.0,
Is there any way to install a very 'basic' setup of MD 8.1? I might
just recompile my kernel. The funny thing is, when I used RH 60, I
installed 2.4.17 and I loaded it with a whole bunch of stuff, and it
had no adverse effects on the performance of the system.
Someone mentioned slackware 8.0 before, is there any advantage in
downloading an older version? Or will the latest one work fine on a
133 MHz 24 MB RAM 586?
- Ketoglutaric Acid