Linux for 486-75 class thinkpad

Linux for 486-75 class thinkpad

Post by Bob » Thu, 08 Jan 2004 09:31:08


I've got an IBM 701C "butterfly" thinkpad computer which I would
like to use for web browsing, email, and usenet access. Currently
it runs win95 and is very slow. I was thinking of installing
Linux after having read that it would give much better
performance for the processor. However, after downloading
vectorlinux, which I had read was a good optimized version, I
read some of the discussions about it which suggested that it was
only acceptable using 233 MHz pentiums.

Is there a linux version people would recommend for this usage on
a 75MHz 486 laptop?

Bob
 
 
 

Linux for 486-75 class thinkpad

Post by Bill Marcu » Thu, 08 Jan 2004 18:11:25

["Followup-To:" header set to comp.os.linux.questions.]
On Wed, 07 Jan 2004 07:31:08 GMT, Bob

How much RAM does it have? Were you able to install VectorLinux?
If it has 16 MB or less, try a text-only installation of Debian or
Slackware. If it has more RAM, you might install X, but use a
lightweight window manager such as icewm, blackbox or WindowMaker.

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Absurd Procrustean Egghead Cornstarch Variant Bill Marcum

 
 
 

Linux for 486-75 class thinkpad

Post by Stephan Wa » Fri, 09 Jan 2004 04:11:17


You can use any linux distro as long as you don't use KDE or Gnome but a
lightweight window-manager such as fluxbox (a "better" version of blackbox).

Regards,
Stephan
 
 
 

Linux for 486-75 class thinkpad

Post by Bob » Fri, 09 Jan 2004 04:48:40


would
Currently
was
usage on

24MB


Waiting for further information.

or
WindowMaker.

Thanks.

Bob
 
 
 

Linux for 486-75 class thinkpad

Post by Mike Bagne » Fri, 09 Jan 2004 05:28:30


I run Linux on a 701c with 24mb of ram. I started with Pygmy Linux, which is still
available, though it's not longer being developed. Pygmy Linux was
built from Slackware 7.1, I believe. I downloaded files from an older Slackware 7.1
mirror for X and for compiling. A file in the distro, "PygmyHelp" has details.

I'm able to run Icewm or Enlightenment (though it's a stretch here.)
Downloaded Opera 6 for web browsing, Mutt for email comes with
Pygmy, and I use slrn for usenet. All run pretty well on this old machine.

HTH,

Mike

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Linux for 486-75 class thinkpad

Post by Chuck Brid » Fri, 09 Jan 2004 22:32:18


Debian. Use something like Windowmaker for a GUI. Try and get more RAM for
it.



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