The idea of running a (more or less) updated Linux in an old machine and revive it is just AMAZING. I've been fighting with a Pentium III (512 MB RAM, 10 GB HD, 8 MB video card) with more than 10 distros and it is always slow... when it doesn't crash or give me a stupid problem (some tome no graphical login, root password doesn't work, no network, problems after updating some packages... etc.).
I have installed Wary, Puppy, (more than one version), MiniNo, ZenWalk, CrunchBang
Before that, I have tried many distros inside a VirtualBox machine in my PC, and since the processor is new, everything goes fine, even with 256 MB of RAM and 8 MB for video! But in the P III, things get really slow
. The processor is the bottleneck, and perhaps the "not-so-much-compatible" video card.
Inside VBox the 3 versions of DSL (4.4; 4.11 rc1, 4.11 rc2) didn't let me use the mouse!!?? I'll try a live CD in that P III tp see what happens.
Did you really managed to run it in a 486, rittingj ?? WOW
I'm planning on using it installed
for good in the HD. Any suggestions, guys?