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    Default Is a pentium 3 laptop sufficient for opensuse?

    The company im working at is planning to sell some of the old lappy
    One of them is this pentium3 laptop (for only 20 bucks DD)
    the specs are:

    pentium 3 1.1ghz
    640MB ram
    28GB hdd
    wifi
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    Im wondering that if this machine is sufficient to run linux as a server
    I dont plan to use it for anything big just among me and a few friends

    Also, I dont rlly need any Desktop Environment as I can just ssh to this machine from my other laptops if I need to do any work on it.

    Hence, my questions are as follows:
    1. is this machine sufficient to run linux as a web/file server for me and a few friends?
    2. also, is it okay to rlly run this laptop 24/7? (its a rlly old laptop after all)
    3. lastly, altho I prefer using opensuse, but if I dont need any DE at all, would Arch be a better solution? (Its known to be very small and light)

    thanks
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    Default Re: Is a pentium 3 laptop sufficient for opensuse?

    BeyondSora wrote:

    > Hence, my questions are as follows:
    > 1. is this machine sufficient to run linux as a web/file server for me
    > and a few friends?

    It will be sufficient (even the performance will be ok if you do not plan to
    do heavy processing on the web server, for example decoding and encoding of
    videos or similar).
    I set up a LAMP with joomla 1.6 today with 11.4 as virtual server (home use)
    for only a few users and only 512 MB RAM, the installation (without any DE)
    itself is less than 1GB harddisk space. The RAM in use is most of the time
    less than 250 MB with a few peaks where it goes higher.

    > 2. also, is it okay to rlly run this laptop 24/7? (its a rlly old
    > laptop after all)

    I would not rely on that, laptopts are not made for this kind of usage, esp.
    if the machine is old, but on the other hand, just try it, nothing to loose.

    > 3. lastly, altho I prefer using opensuse, but if I dont need any DE at
    > all, would Arch be a better solution? (Its known to be very small and
    > light)

    openSUSE will be fine for that.

    If it turns out that the machine is not suitable as a server (I never used a
    laptop as such). You still can turn it into a lowend laptop for normal use
    with a desktop environment. I would use one of the light ones like xfce or
    lxde. Gnome will also work but maybe you need to disable some services
    (preload and tracker come to my mind) to avoid sluggish behaviour.

    Did you check if your hardware (wireless!, graphics card should work with
    vesa in the worst case) works with linux?

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    Default Re: Is a pentium 3 laptop sufficient for opensuse?

    On 2011-05-14 20:06, BeyondSora wrote:
    > Im wondering that if this machine is sufficient to run linux as a
    > server


    If the load is light, probably yes.

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    Default Re: Is a pentium 3 laptop sufficient for opensuse?

    Should be.
    Install from the DVD is recommended and I too say install LXDE Desktop. It's just easier for sys admin.
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    Default Re: Is a pentium 3 laptop sufficient for opensuse?

    On 05/14/2011 01:38 PM, Carlos E. R. wrote:
    > On 2011-05-14 20:06, BeyondSora wrote:
    >> Im wondering that if this machine is sufficient to run linux as a
    >> server

    >
    > If the load is light, probably yes.


    For many years, my NFS, Subversion, and SMB file and print server was a Sony
    laptop with 256 MB RAM and a 333 MHz CPU. It did very well with a light load. I
    had purchased it as a refurbished unit in 1998, and it finally died in October
    2010. That system has no GUI installed - it is command line only.

    As I needed to have a parallel port, it was replaced with a used Dell laptop
    with a 1.6 GHz CPU and 512MB of RAM.

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    Default Re: Is a pentium 3 laptop sufficient for opensuse?

    Quote Originally Posted by BeyondSora View Post
    the specs are:

    pentium 3 1.1ghz
    640MB ram
    28GB hdd
    wifi
    My Sandbox PC is an athlon-1100. It currently has 2GB RAM, but it was not so long ago that it had only 512MB of RAM. It runs nicely on openSUSE-11.4 LXDE desktop. With only 640MB of RAM, I do recommend the lightweight LXDE desktop.

    If that PC has a DVD reader, you will be able to install openSUSE-11.4 LXDE from DVD.

    If that PC has only a CD reader you will be able to install openSUSE-11.3 LXDE from liveCD : Index of /repositories/X11:/lxde/images/iso

    LXDE is a light weight desktop and has superior performance on older PCs (with a slower CPU and less RAM) than the heavier KDE or Gnome.

    If you have difficult with the installation (due to only have 640MB RAM) then you can install from a text mode: Text mode install from liveCD

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    Default Re: Is a pentium 3 laptop sufficient for opensuse?

    thanks for all ur replies

    this laptop has a DVD reader
    the video card is Intel something (not too sure i ll double check it this coming monday)
    i ll also check the wireless card model on monday

    Im wondering if there is a way to install opensuse without any DE just the console interface?
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    Default Re: Is a pentium 3 laptop sufficient for opensuse?

    Quote Originally Posted by BeyondSora View Post
    the video card is Intel something (not too sure i ll double check it this coming monday)
    The Intel video card is important to know. Some of the old i855GM Intel cards do not work well with any kernel after the 2.6.27 kernel, which means for some openSUSE-11.1 was the last openSUSE GNU/Linux to work well with that graphics.

    Quote Originally Posted by BeyondSora View Post
    i ll also check the wireless card model on monday
    That is also important to know. If possible I recommend installing with a wired connection to the Internet, and setting up one's wireless later.

    Quote Originally Posted by BeyondSora View Post
    Im wondering if there is a way to install opensuse without any DE just the console interface?
    Did you take a look at my text mode installation link: Text mode install from liveCD (which is an ncurses install which works in a full screen text/ncurses mode).

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    Default Re: Is a pentium 3 laptop sufficient for opensuse?

    thanks for the quick reply, oldcpu
    i bookmarked ur text mode installation guide.

    I ll update this post once I find out if the video card / wireless card work with linux.
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    Default Re: Is a pentium 3 laptop sufficient for opensuse?

    On 2011-05-14 23:06, BeyondSora wrote:
    > Im wondering if there is a way to install opensuse without any DE just
    > the console interface?


    Text install pattern.

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