> > I have an old 100MHz (maybe 133MHz, can't remember for sure) machine
> > don't use for anything anymore, and I'm taking a unix class at school
> > I'd like to have something at home to play around with. Would this
> > be ok to run linux on just for learning purposes?
> The MHz doesn't matter much. The thing that matters the most is
> the hardware architecture (Intel, Alpha, Sparc, Mips etc.).
> I assume the machine you have is an old i386-based machine.
A 100MHz 386? I don't think they were ever faster than 33MHz.
Presumably at 100 or 133MHz it is a Pentium.
> should have no problem running Linux on it, but check out the
> Hardware HOWTO at  to be sure.
I just installed latest SuSe (7.3) on a 75MHz Pentium ...
In the process I discovered that:
- 8MBytes of RAM is fine to run tiny floppy-based distribution,
such as LRP, but there is no RAM left for anything else.
- None of the current installers will run in less than 32M,
so you can't even get started with SuSe, Mandrake or RedHat.
- For about $25 you can find a pair of 32M 72-pin SIMMs on eBay,
which allows you to use text-mode installer.
- 512MB disk is too small for anything but the 'minimum'
installation, which would be fine to play with shell
and standard Unix commands. For a more comfortable
development machine, about 2GB of disk is required.
[How times changed: my first Linux machine ran X11
on a 386-33 with 8M of RAM and was still able to compile
the kernel in only 2 hours ;]
Once installed, 75MHz Pentium (148 bogomips) feels a bit
sluggish (compared to 800MHz PentiumIII at 1684 bogomips),
but is quite useable.