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Re: Debian on an old PC

Vegard Lundby Rekaa wrote:

On Wed, 2005-01-05 at 14:54 +0100, Vegard Lundby Rekaa wrote:
I need some advice. Is debian fit for a Pentium 100MHz PC with 16MB RAM
and approx 4Gb harddisk? Are there anyone who has experience with such a
slow machine running debian (or any other linux dist)?
Depends on what software you decide to install on it.

What do you want to do with the box?

With this box I am trying to convince my father that linux is an excellent
replacement for windows98se for writing textdocuments and maybe some
scientific documents. He needs a machine with a simple gui, openoffice.org
and some other simple programs.  For the window-manager I had xfce in
mind, which is as I have understood, the easiest to lern of the small
Absolutely not. The box will work, but it won't convince your father that Linux is an excellent replacement for Windows98se for the tasks mentioned. It might work if you drop the openoffice.org, and use something lighter weight, like Abiword or vim, and teX might be better suited to "scientific documents", but he'll be frustrated by the learning curve. If you want to convince him that Linux is a good replacement for Windows _as a workstation_, you need more horsepower.

Kent West

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