Recommendations for operating system
Roy J. Tellason
rtellason at verizon.net
Sun Aug 27 22:12:22 CDT 2006
On Sunday 27 August 2006 10:13 pm, Choctaw Bob wrote:
> I think that this just squeaks in as being on topic.
> I am looking for suggestions for an operating system for a PC, specs 75
> MHZ Pentium, 16 MB Ram, 4 GB HD, currently running PC-DOS Ver 7.
> Original IBM PC-DOS right out of the factory sealed box. I am thinking
> about putting GEM on the machine, maybe CP/M-86. Thought about GEOS,
> but rejected it, too closed.
> Specs seem too tight for Linux or BSD, or at least little advantage over
> DOS or CP/M.
> Anyone have experience with an operating system that might work, and be
> capable of useful work?
You can go with linux if you leave out a lot of stuff, or go with older
versions. My intiail install of Slackware in 1999 was installing
*everything* on a 1G HD, these days I feel a bit more comfortable in 4G or
so and don't install a lot of stuff.
For textmode uses, it'll work well, and if you must GUI, use one of the
lighter-weight window managers and stay away from Gnome and KDE. I do more
with less hardware by using no GUI at all, like my firewall/router box that
runs on a 486, and that's Slackware 10 or so.
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