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What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by KBD47 » Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:48 pm

The thread about building new desktops and putting Mint on it got me to wondering how many truly old laptops/desktops are still thriving on Linux and Mint in particular.

I have two old beasts, an 11 year old Toshiba laptop that runs pretty well on Xubuntu 16.04 and is primarily being used as a Plex server for my music. Even though single core it does a good job and doesn't get warm, I have it connected via Ethernet.

I also have a 10 year old Dell desktop that I'm going to put Mint Xfce 18 on and it will mostly be used to run a printer.

Both single core computers I bumped up the ram to the maximum 2 gigs which works well with Xfce desktop.

So how about you, how old is your Linux dinosaurs?

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Re: What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by deepakdeshp » Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:11 pm

I used Mint 12 Cinnamon on a 486 with 1 gb memory
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Re: What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by KBD47 » Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:14 pm

deepakdeshp wrote:I used Mint 12 Cinnamon on a 486 with 1 gb memory
How well does it run? I have noticed in years past when I only had 1 gig ram that if I set up a swap partition with 2-3 gigs it made a big difference speed wise.

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Post by deepakdeshp » Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:16 pm

It ran well also I ran an Ubuntu server 12 on the same machine which ran well
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Re: What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by jimallyn » Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:21 pm

I have installed Mint 17 and 18 on computers that originally came with Vista. I put Vector and antiX on computers that came with Win98. Don't have any of those computers here anymore, so I can't check the manufacture date.
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Re: What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by austin.texas » Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:55 pm

This old Dell Inspiron is still cooking, and works very well. I have no trouble with anything I want to do.
It was originally Windows XP
I use it on trips out of town because it is my only laptop.
I had to use Mint 13 because it is a non-PAE CPU, and Mint 17 with forcepae just did not work well.
Check out the memory usage: 130 MB

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mint@skynet2 ~ $ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: skynet2 Kernel: 3.2.0-23-generic i686 (32 bit gcc: 4.6.3)
           Desktop: Xfce 4.10.0 (Gtk 2.24.10) Distro: Linux Mint 13 Maya
Machine:   System: Dell (portable) product: Inspiron 700m v: -1
           Mobo: DELL SYSTEM model: 0RC359 Bios: Phoenix v: A04 date: 05/18/05
CPU:       Single core Intel Pentium M (-UP-) cache: 2048 KB
           flags: (sse sse2) bmips: 3389 speed: 1700 MHz (max)
Graphics:  Card: Intel 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.11.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1280x800@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 852GM/855GM x86/MMX/SSE2
           GLX Version: 1.3 Mesa 8.0.4 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller
           driver: snd_intel8x0 ports: 1c00 18c0 bus-ID: 00:1f.5
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: 1.0.24
Network:   Card-1: Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG [Calexico2] Network Connection
           driver: ipw2200 v: 1.2.2kmprq bus-ID: 02:01.0
           IF: eth1 state: up mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Broadcom BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX driver: b44 v: 2.0 bus-ID: 02:05.0
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 40.0GB (40.5% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST9408114A size: 40.0GB temp: 24C
Partition: ID-1: / size: 18G used: 5.0G (31%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 1.47GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda3
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 33.0C mobo: 30.0C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 131 Uptime: 2 min Memory: 130.7/1237.7MB
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Re: What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by KBD47 » Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:08 pm

Good job keeping that Dell going.
A couple of years ago my mom gave me her Dell Dimension desktop. http://www.cnet.com/products/dell-dimension-b110-home/ She had it for 8 years and it would be a miracle if she booted it up more than 20 times overall those years. So even though it was old age wise, it hardly got used. The specs aren't great but it runs well enough. Going to do a fresh install of Mint Xfce 18 on it soon.
My Toshiba was nice in its day http://www.cnet.com/products/toshiba-sa ... ies/specs/ it was my father in law's, he gave it to my daughter when she was in college, and it finally came to me.
Both these old beasts run so good on Linux I'm reluctant to retire them :)

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Re: What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by richyrich » Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:23 pm

I'm still using my immaculate IBM x22 Thinkpad; Pentium III 600mhz , with a whopping 320 Mb ram. It is running VectorLinux flawlessly! :D

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Re: What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by KBD47 » Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:28 pm

richyrich wrote:I'm still using my immaculate IBM x22 Thinkpad; Pentium III 600mhz , with a whopping 320 Mb ram. It is running VectorLinux flawlessly! :D
I think we have a winner :)

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Re: What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by linux-dummie » Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:44 am

4 years ago I rescued from the trash a Sony Vaio lappy p3, 500mhz, 128mb ram, model pcg9251 (pcgf520), a heavy beast with no ethernet plug but a wifi card slot. I tried several Linuxes. Antix-11 ran fairly smooth, Vector Lite just okay. Anything heavier failed miserably. Finally I tried Puppy Lucid (full-install on 800mb partition), and the little box ran great! I never got a wifi card--don't want to take such an old-timer out on the web. Puppy had basically all I needed to keep this little guy alive. I still use it today as a music player running cli mplayer on a 6gb(!) hdd with extra usb storage. Not used for anything else, but everything on it runs acceptably smooth: abiword, gnumeric, geany, mtpaint, etc. And it never fails! Why throw it away?

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Re: What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by xfrank » Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:24 pm

richyrich wrote:I'm still using my immaculate IBM x22 Thinkpad; Pentium III 600mhz , with a whopping 320 Mb ram. It is running VectorLinux flawlessly! :D
I've never tried that distro. Do you think it is the best option for very old computers? (Excluding Puppy).
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Post by gary.zw » Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:27 pm

richyrich wrote:I'm still using my immaculate IBM x22 Thinkpad; Pentium III 600mhz , with a whopping 320 Mb ram. It is running VectorLinux flawlessly! :D
Wow talk about an old computer richyrich :D :) I have Xubuntu on a Pentium D with 2 gigs ram--works good.
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Post by deleted » Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:38 pm

Still waiting for a Linux port to my Palm m515 ;)

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Re: What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by KBD47 » Fri Aug 26, 2016 3:28 pm

linux-dummie wrote:4 years ago I rescued from the trash a Sony Vaio lappy p3, 500mhz, 128mb ram, model pcg9251 (pcgf520), a heavy beast with no ethernet plug but a wifi card slot. I tried several Linuxes. Antix-11 ran fairly smooth, Vector Lite just okay. Anything heavier failed miserably. Finally I tried Puppy Lucid (full-install on 800mb partition), and the little box ran great! I never got a wifi card--don't want to take such an old-timer out on the web. Puppy had basically all I needed to keep this little guy alive. I still use it today as a music player running cli mplayer on a 6gb(!) hdd with extra usb storage. Not used for anything else, but everything on it runs acceptably smooth: abiword, gnumeric, geany, mtpaint, etc. And it never fails! Why throw it away?
Good job!
I used to play around with Puppy quite a bit in my distro-hopping days. Those were always fun and a great community.

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Re: What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by linux-dummie » Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:53 pm

KBD47 wrote: Good job!
I used to play around with Puppy quite a bit in my distro-hopping days. Those were always fun and a great community.
Yeh, Puppy's one of the better kept secrets of Linux. It's an amazing little distro. Who'd'a thunk you could run your entire day-to-day o.s. from a usb stick? And I did for a couple of years. I'd really love to get more into the guts of it but just don't have the time.
Puppy's weirdness and quirkiness belie its true power. It's nowhere near as kiddish and simple as it first appears.

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Re: What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by KBD47 » Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:58 pm

linux-dummie wrote:
Yeh, Puppy's one of the better kept secrets of Linux. It's an amazing little distro. Who'd'a thunk you could run your entire day-to-day o.s. from a usb stick? And I did for a couple of years. I'd really love to get more into the guts of it but just don't have the time.
Puppy's weirdness and quirkiness belie its true power. It's nowhere near as kiddish and simple as it first appears.
Yes, loved the idea of running an entire OS off of a usb stick. And I still do. I have several 32g usb sticks with full installations of Ubuntu and Mint and Debian. Pretty much any computer can be set to boot from usb.

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Re: What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by English Invader » Sat Aug 27, 2016 4:44 am

When XP came to an end a couple of years ago, my old laptops were beyond Mint and Ubuntu (512MB RAM, 700Mhz CPU) so Puppy was a useful tool for a while until I built a new PC from parts that would allow me to run Mint or Ubuntu.

In the end, I've just kept the XP on them because XP still has a lot of utilities that come in handy for my retro gaming pursuits that aren't ever likely to be available on Linux. And one of them was an expensive multimedia machine in its day and still runs DVDs really well through WinDVD.

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Re: What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by Night Wing » Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:42 am

My brother in law, who is basically computer illiterate, was going to get rid of his old 2004 Dell Dimension desktop. It has a 32 bit motherboard and it originally came with 32 bit Windows XP Professional with 4 GB of ram memory. Since he lives 221 miles from me, the last time he came to my home was for Thanksgiving 2015 and I told him to bring his desktop tower computer with him. The only thing I backed up was his pictures which were on XP, reformatted his hard drive and loaded Linux Mint 17.2 Xfce on it, configured it for him and it ran like a champ. From start to finish with (17.2); after installation, updates, configuring 17.2, installing the linux programs he would need (some third party programs) and configuring them, restoring his pictures, it took me 2 1/4 hours.

The next time he comes to my home will be for this Thanksgiving 2016. After backing up all of his files from (17.2), I'll reformat his hard drive and do a fresh install of Linux Mint 18 on it for him.
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Re: What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by dXTC » Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:00 am

A friend of a family member asked me to help him set up a new laptop, and let me take his old desktop in lieu of payment. It was a Dell Dimension 2400 circa late 2003/early 2004, powered by a single-core 2.2GHz Pentium 4 with only 512K ram and a 40 Gb HD.

This was in my early days of GNU/Linux exploration, so I did a bit of distro-shopping to see what might run. Ultimately, three ran without issue:
  • Lubuntu 14.04,
  • Puppy Linux 6.0 Tahrpup,
  • and the one I finally settled on, Mint 17 Xfce.
Lubuntu ran ever so slightly faster, but Mint had a bigger feature set out-of-the-box.

Unfortunately, regardless of OS, it was considerably slower than any other desktop PC I had at the time, and I had no specific use case to keep it running. So I harvested some parts out of it and took the case and motherboard to the local recycler. The hard drive lives on in an even-older Pentium II; the HD had a jumper that limited it to 32 GB, which tricks some older BIOS chipsets into using newer, larger drives. Just in time, too; the Pentium II's original drive had just bitten the dust. (Backups FTW!)

I also have an iMac G4 circa 2004 on which I can install Lubuntu if I want (the Lubuntu 16.04 PPC live CD works in it). I'll keep it with OS X Leopard for now; it's more of a "museum piece" anyway.
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Re: What is old oldest computer you saved with Linux?

Post by KBD47 » Sun Aug 28, 2016 5:22 pm

I reluctantly tossed out an old HP office computer that was given to me a few years ago. Its hardware could not support anything but old unsafe versions of flash, so I stripped it down and recycled the ram into another old unit that was in better shape. I hate to throw out any computer that is usable, but sometimes it makes sense to part one out one to improve or make another computer useful.

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