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    nicoyuey NNTP User

    Unhappy hardware requirements for openSUSE

    Hi I have an old PC and it has the following specs:

    Processor: Cyrix M II (167MHZ)
    RAM: 128 MB
    HD: 4 GB (seagate)
    USB Port: N/A

    Can I install openSUSE on this machine (on the HD)? Sorry for the low-end computer I have. If I can what version of OpenSUSE would be good? BTW, this is an offline computer.

    I've run other distros on this machine but I really like openSUSE and how it looks. I want some wordpressors and presentation apps for my school work. I know openSUSE has it but I doubt if my computer is up to the challenge of installing openSUSE.

    Thanks!

    -nico
    Last edited by nicoyuey; 17-Sep-2009 at 22:38. Reason: lacking information

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    The processor is too slow. I have a 433MHz processor running KDE1.2 from 2000 and that isn't fast but you need a much faster processor for almost any graphical interface today.

    You might get DSL or possibly Antix running or you could use it as a server in certain contexts but that is about all.
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    That kind of computer would go back to the old Suse of 8 to maybe an early 9.0 could install on that small of a RAM footprint.

    I know I was able to get the RedHat 9.0 ( their last free pre Fedora release ) onto a computer with similar specs as that.

    I can't say for Suse exactly which one will work, because until RedHat dropped the free version for Fedora I was a Red Hat user, and it wasn't till after 9.0 RedHat that I came over to Suse

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    nicoyuey NNTP User

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    okay, i'll try both Suse 9.0 and Red Hat 9.0..
    Thanks!

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    platinum NNTP User

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    nicoyuey wrote:
    > okay, i'll try both Suse 9.0 and Red Hat 9.0..


    hmmmm...in my most humble opinion: if you intend to try to actually
    USE that box for (say) connecting to the internet...you are MUCH
    better off if you select a current system which includes all the
    security patches applied since either of those 9.0 versions were
    released..

    here are some to consider:

    i've not actually run *any* of these more than a few minutes, but i
    hear they _might_ do what you need:

    - [try first!] Puppy Linux. <http://www.puppylinux.org/> Needs 64MB
    RAM for versions before 1.0.2. More recent versions need 128MB RAM and
    166MHZ CPU

    - Elive <http://www.elivecd.org/> (has Enlightenment window manager).
    Needs 100MHz CPU and 64MB of RAM for one of the older versions. More
    recent version needs a faster CPU and more RAM

    - DSL (**** Small Linux).<http://www.****smalllinux.org/> needs 16MB
    RAM on a fast 486 CPU. But that will be slow!! Better off with 64 MB
    RAM and a Pentium with 200MHZ CPU

    - Vector Linux. <http://vectorlinux.com/> Needs 32MB RAM and 166MHZ
    CPU. I suspect much more RAM is desireable.

    - AntiX 8.2 <http://antix.mepis.org/index.php/Main_Page> will run in
    128MB. It's based on MEPIS/Debian.

    -Crunchbang <http://crunchbanglinux.org/>

    -SliTaz <http://www.slitaz.org/>

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    nicoyuey NNTP User

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    Thanks platinum.

    I've tried Linux Puppy 4.12, but I had issues with the GRUB. Sometimes it's not booting. I've tried DSL on VM but I had problems with the interphase. Not much enticing GUI and no word processor, although I really bow down to its creators and the way they maximized resources.

    I have to try Elive, Vector, Crunchbang, Slitaz and AntiX 8.2. I've tried AntiX 8.0(base) but I can't install it to HD. I've burned Slitaz and tried to boot with it but it failed. (Slitaz LiveCD-Stable Version)

    Thanks for the advise!

    -nico

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    platinum NNTP User

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    > I've tried Linux Puppy 4.12, but I had issues with the GRUB. Sometimes
    > it's not booting.


    if you try each of them and nothing works exactly right the first
    time, then i'd suggest you go back to Puppy and join their forum and
    let them help you sort though the GRUB issue...i'd guess it will be
    pretty easy to solve...

    and, i guess Puppy has the best chance of providing all your
    needs/wants on such an old/slow/small hardware system..

    HINT: with the limitations of that hardware you probably are gonna
    have to get over the "but I really like openSUSE and how it looks" and
    realize that a lot of those _looks_ you see in screen shots *REQUIRES*
    computing power, RAM and video-RAM you don't have..

    if you want to run linux for "wordpressors and presentation apps for
    my school work" you can do that in Puppy...what you can't do is do
    that and at the same time replicate the looks and feel of a bleeding
    edge operating system with rotating cubes and etc..

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    nicoyuey NNTP User

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    Well, thanks a lot platinum!
    Appreciate the honest reply. Thanks for the enlightening words of wisdom. I actually would like to try all that you have recommended from the above post.
    Thank you much!

    -nico

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    platinum NNTP User

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    very welcome....enjoy the -FREEDOM- to choose it the way YOU want/need
    it..

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