Linux on a P166 with 64 MB RAM?

Chris Spackman
Fri Nov 16 00:19:01 2001

Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
Content-Disposition: inline
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

On Thu, Nov 15, 2001 at 01:02:26PM -0800, Nick Andriash wrote:
> Hash: SHA1
> I'm thinking of taking Win98 off my old Desktop Unit... work mostly
> from my Laptop now... and install one of the Linux Distributions. I'm
> wondering if a P166 with a 2.1 GB HDD and 64 MB EDO RAM will do the
> trick? I get the impression that some of the GUI's available can be
> pretty demanding on video memory, and that computer only has a Matrox
> Millenium with 2 MB WRAM.
> As for Distributions, I'm thinking of Mandrake 8.1 although I will also
> take a look at the Red Hat Distributions as well. I will be a complete
> Linux newbie which is why I'm leaning toward Mandrake.

Mandrake will install but you will prolly want to stick with a lightweight
wm like icewm or blackbox. I have 8.1 on a p233 with 64 ram and even with
almost all services off (no printer, no usb, etc.) WindowMaker *seems* slow
to me. Icewm works just fine for me on it though.

Chris and Yoshiko Spackman  (English)   (Japanese)

Content-Type: application/pgp-signature
Content-Disposition: inline

Version: GnuPG v1.0.6 (GNU/Linux)
Comment: For info see