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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by AndyMH » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:34 pm

5¼ inch floppy drive
I've still got one, and it works!
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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by KBD47 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:50 pm

Currently have 6 laptops. The most I paid was $140, the least $36, and all of them are usable. Lots of old Thinkpads regularly come off of office lease end up on Ebay, and they are great machines with decent specs. I have one that's 10 years old and works great. It's incredible how the prices of laptops have fallen in the past few years.

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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by az2008 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:57 pm

I just read about Legacy OS. Apparently it uses a kernal and packages from 10 years ago. That sounds ideal for old hardware. But, also seems like it would create security issues (long-since updated software. Like connecting Win XP to the internet.).

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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by absque fenestris » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:19 pm

A propos floppy drives:
And what to do with only 8MB RAM?
Try Tiny Slitaz : http://tiny.slitaz.org/

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Useful software, expansible, easy to configure, runs fully in RAM, simple, light and fast for minimum hardware resources, i.e. fits on one floppy disk (IDE disk optional), runs on a 386SX processor and needs as little memory as possible (currently 4MB with a 2.6.14 Kernel).
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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by AndyMH » Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:43 am

Lots of old Thinkpads regularly come off of office lease end up on Ebay
All my laptops are thinkpads all bought second hand, I currently have 3 x T430, bought the last one for £90 a few weeks back. More than capable of running Cinnamon. My older thinkpads have been given to the children (all running mint cinnamon). The only one gathering dust is my T60. Good performance, excellent build quality, cheap and reliable.
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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by Hoser Rob » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:18 am

az2008 wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:57 pm
I just read about Legacy OS. Apparently it uses a kernal and packages from 10 years ago. That sounds ideal for old hardware. But, also seems like it would create security issues (long-since updated software. Like connecting Win XP to the internet.).
I'm not so sure it'd be as bad as XP but yes, you're right, I'd expect some security issues. But it'd still be more secure than Windows. ANd a computer you can't run is a bit TOO secure, I tthink.

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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by Ottavio » Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:56 pm

Any modern Linux distro will not work on a Pentium. I would try something a bit geekier like Minix or NetBSD.

With NetBSD, you can compile it entirely from sources, therefore being able to tailor it to your processor.

Even NetBSD binaries re compiled on very old machines for compatibility.

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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:02 pm

hi Ottavio, thats not entirely true...the peppermint 9 and P9 respin both work beautifully on pentium, celeron and even single core atom n series processors that i have installed many times for folks who cant afford to buy newer computers...it is a "modern Linux distro" and is an XFCE/LXDE "blend" and works remarkably similar to linux mint...DAMIEN
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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by Reorx » Tue May 07, 2019 1:23 pm

Try LXLE or maybe Q4OS. Both are available in 32 bit versions.

@Q4OS - "...If you are looking for pure installation media for personal computers, even for older i386 systems without PAE extension, download the installation CD below..."
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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by jimallyn » Tue May 07, 2019 7:12 pm

rick gen wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:00 am
Why some people keep resurrecting very old PCs is beyond my comprehension
Because we can!
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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by lsemmens » Tue May 07, 2019 11:05 pm

None of my machines is more recent than Winwoes 7, most had XP on them, they are all running 91.1 with Cinnamon without any issues. What's the problem?
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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by Eggnog » Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:10 pm

I run MX Linux on two older machines with 2gb and 4gb ram, and it makes them feel like brand new. I have three other machines right now that aren't very ancient and I run Manjaro Xfce on one, Mint Xfce on one (this one) and Win 10 on the other one just in case I ever have actual need for a Win machine (which is not very likely these days, but still ...). Yes, I like Xfce. It's solid, dependable and just doesn't tick me off.

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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by Minux1 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:30 pm

LM v 19.1 xfce 32 bit works great on my netbook with a n270 processor which is about the same as a pentium 3.

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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by all41 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:05 pm

jimallyn wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 7:12 pm
rick gen wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:00 am
Why some people keep resurrecting very old PCs is beyond my comprehension
Because we can!
I run dsl, puppy, every minimal os I can find on much more powerful workstations for this same reason.

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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by Minux1 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:24 pm

If a resurrected “old PC” meets your needs then so be it.
A free download & install of LM 19.1 xfce turned a paperweight into a net capable (web browsing, email) computer for me.
Not everyone is made of money.

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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by lsemmens » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:39 am

Also, if that "old" computer is no longer used, where does it end up. That's right, in Landfill! We are doing our bit for the environment! :lol:
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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by jmorris84 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:46 pm

I just installed MX Linux on a Thinkpad T43 and it runs pretty well. I think the T43 is from around 2004.

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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by Minux1 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:05 pm

Not sure about some of the real old rigs booting off USB or DVD.
Might need to make a CD boot disk.
That excludes an installation folder over about 750 mb.

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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by athi » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:35 pm

BIOS see CD and DVD drive as the same type of device and CD/DVD drives are interchangeable. So if you can boot from CD, you can boot from DVD.

Booting from USB is different, the real old BIOS cannot boot from USB.
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Re: Best Linux OS for older devices

Post by Neil Edmond » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:30 am

athi wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:35 pm
...real old BIOS cannot boot from USB.
But where that is the case one can make a PLOP boot CD which will hand off to USB flash drive for installation. Been doing it that way even with an old PC purchased back in 1997.

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