After several weeks trying to get Ubuntu v11 to cooperate on a dinky rig (500Mhz PIII, 192Mb, 20Gb HD) I gave up.
Ubuntu ran fine back when the system had 768Mb of RAM. On v7. Then it got a little slower on v8, but still slower. Then my FreeNAS (FreeBSD) server took a crap and blew its memory, and I'm sorry, years of accumulated data vs. a test and ghost rig... yeah, the server had priority.
All I had left in the PC100/133 was a stack of 64Mb modules (yes, I've got all sorts of old stuff. Need it, just ask and we can come to a price), so I was reduced to 192Mb (minus 4Mb for the on-board video), and Ubuntu really dragged. I skipped v9 to v10 (SLOW) to v11 (unusably slow aside from console tasks), and I came to the decision that I wasn't going to deal with this any more. Ubuntu has decided to take aim as a Windows/Mac alternative, and they are loading EVERY LITTLE PRETTY EXTENSION that exists for the Linux kernel. And even with those that are easily disabled, I was loading 500Mb+ onto 188Mb of memory.
Then I found that Puppy Linux didn't die. It changed URLs. http://puppylinux.org
It's lean, runs as tightly as Damņ Small Linux (DSL), but has the full feature set you expect from a full distro, plus a full catalog of on-line offerings. And it is compatible with FOG (Free Open Ghost) and Ghost for Linux, which are my primary uses for the machine. But I can actually run Firefox 5, and it runs as fast as my big rig, which is 12 times or more faster with WAY more resources.
Glad to see this project hasn't been ditched as many have. If you have an old rig that still functions but is too weak for anything you want it to do, try Puppy Linux and tell me what you think.
Interesting issue... I can't find a driver for my Benwin Sonixer USB speaker set. It is a USB powered and chipset driven self-contained audio package, and for what ever reason it isn't recognized by Puppy Linux, and I can't find it's drivers ANYWHERE! The set worked as plug and play on Ubuntu, but of course Ubuntu was FAR too heavy for the system I'm running it on.
Have you tried the more lightweight Xubuntu?
Yes, and I found it a driver nightmare on my older equipment. Very unsatisfied. It also crashed the first two installs.
Bummer. I've found myself hitting those walls before... I had to come to the realization that sometimes, hardware really has found it's end-of-shelf-life for the last time... :'(
On the bright side... it's a fun day at the shooting range... XD
I downloaded the newest version of Xubuntu, and it boots, but it doesn't like the hard disk controller. Doesn't want to partition. Happily wipes out Puppy Linux, but then stares at the hard disk and says, "Huh?"
Anybody have a socket A board they want to swing my way? I've got an unholy stack of memory and processors for that platform, but both of my socket A boards cooked thanks to a couple jankey power supplies.
Found an Athlon 64 3000+ plus an MSI board for cheap. I think I'm going to order a couple and a couple gigs of memory and upgrade the disk cloner and server. No reason to keep dealing with this ancient equipment.
I have a few dell xps b1000s from '98 with, 1Ghz cpus, 128MB RAM, 40GB HDDs, and some pretty high end sound cards from back in the day that I can't seem to get anything (old versions of ubuntu, xp, 98, me) on but sure enough, I tried puppy linux and it booted up without a problem, now I can finally set up an old school sound system in my workout room! Thanks for the heads up on this os :)
No problem! Puppy is great for older hardware, if you don't need a smoking fast machine.
I feel like a jėrk putting functional hardware into the "recycle" box. I remember when they were top tech!
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