SUSE on 160 Mb Ram

I would like to install SUSE or openSUSE on my old desktop with 160 Mb ram.
-Is there a version I can use?
-Where can I find it on the web?

If more information is required please let me know.
Kind regards,


My answer depends on your requirements :

If you want to use your old hardware, with a small Linux designed to get most out of small memory machines, go to the bottom.

If you have previous Linux and know you want SuSE then then :

I’ve installed 11.1-RC1 off the Live CD with 256MB RAM, as well as 512MB, the current kernel seemed remarkably determined not to use swap space, despite the installer warning that I should have 1GB.

Get opensuse has instructions, and links to manuals.

The actual ISO I’d try is here openSUSE-11.1-NET-i586.iso

What I would advise, is a network install, if you have downloaded the DVD ISO already you can then install via NFS, if not then you can do a basic install relying on your Internet connection. Then plan to add packages later.

Pre-prepare your disk, making a swap space of around 640MB (fdisk & mkswap), then when the net installer starts the installation, you can turn the swap space on using swapon.

Don’t install X, until you’ve got a working machine that’s configured. For a desktop try XFCE or LXDE (from build service repository - Lightweight Desktop).

About Puppy Linux

If you just want to try Linux and have no experience. On this older hardware, I’d give “Puppy Linux” a try.

Distro Watch page on Puppy Linux

Puppy Linux is yet another Linux distribution. What’s different here is that Puppy is extraordinarily small, yet quite full featured. Puppy boots into a 64MB ramdisk, and that’s it, the whole caboodle runs in RAM. Unlike live CD distributions that have to keep pulling stuff off the CD, Puppy in its entirety loads into RAM. This means that all applications start in the blink of an eye and respond to user input instantly. Puppy Linux has the ability to boot off a flash card or any USB memory device, CDROM, Zip disk or LS/120/240 Superdisk, floppy disks, internal hard drive. It can even use a multisession formatted CD-R/DVD-R to save everything back to the CD/DVD with no hard drive required at all!

Puppy (or DSL - **** Small Linux) are available for tiny cut down low price pc’s made by Norhtec

[QUOTE=tomwilms;1910714]I would like to install SUSE or openSUSE on my old desktop with 160 Mb ram.
-Is there a version I can use?
-Where can I find it on the web?

Errk. You could possibly run one of the more recent versions with alternate to KDE or Gnome (XFCE?, I can’t remember and don’t have info available here at the moment) and have somewhat decent performance. I doubt it unless you plan on using the command line, and then it won’t be an issue.

I have tried just about everything on a 600mhz PIII laptop w/128m of memory, and Xubuntu was what I have on it now. **** Small Linux was great, but not designed for actual installation on a laptop, so the quirks drove me to try a couple dozen others.

I just have been too lazy to try and put Suse on it with the XFCE desktop instead, but now I think of it, it does have it, so I will do a reformat and install later this weekend with 11.1 and see how it goes.

If you use the DVD of 11.1 you could do a minimal install.

Command line linux is for those who love stress, (actually its probably the best version- but you do need to have a good idea what your doing)

It probably could run a LAMP configuration - use something like webmin and control it on from another machine if you like graphical user interfaces.

thats one idea, the lan ip i gave is just an example, ipaddr only uses 100 so its between 100 and 200 anyway! Just remember to set the firewall to allow port 10000 :wink: