[CentOS] hardware requirements for Centos 2

Tue Jul 7 17:49:29 UTC 2009
Dmitry <tigra at supportex.net>

Thanks a lot for your help , guys.
P.s : think, we'll add memory and proceed with Centos 5 ...

Michael A. Peters wrote:
> Niki Kovacs wrote:
>> Dmitry a écrit :
>>> Hi.
>>> Could you please give me advice about issue described below.
>>> My friends have to use a PC with old hardware for a few months. They've 
>>> got 128MB of RAM, 20 GB hard drive; Pentium 3 processor.
>>> At the moment they have windows xp running on it, but it's very slow.
>>> What are the system requirements for CentOS 2 or any other version of 
>>> this OS that may be suitable?
>>> Can you recommend any other Linux distro that would be easy to install 
>>> and to use?
>> Yes. CentOS 5. Start with a minimal install (base system). Install and 
>> configure X. Only install packages you really need, be sure to 
>> deactivate all unnecessary services. Go for XFCE, IceWM, Fluxbox or some 
>> other lighter window manager. This sort of configuration is running in 
>> my neighbour's home, I installed it for them on their old PIII-500 with 
>> 128 MB RAM.
> To add - I run CentOS 5 just fine on an IBM Thinkpad T20 (700MHz PIII 
> when plugged in, 550MHz on battery) with 384MB of ram.
> I ran it just fine on 256MB until one of the ram modules died. I then 
> ran it on 128MB painfully while waiting for the replacement (256MB) chip 
> to arrive. Note though that I'm running the full gnome GUI.
> Disable JavaScript except when you absolutely must have it, browsing 
> with JS / flash enabled crashes low memory machines.
> Don't use OpenOffice - AbiWord an Gnumeric both do well on low memory 
> machines. For that matter, so does LaTeX as it just uses a text editor 
> until you are ready to compile your document, but LaTeX has quite a 
> learning curve.
> If the 20GB HD is a 5400RPM (probably is) try to get a 7200RPM drive - 
> that's what I did in my old laptop and the difference was night and day.
> If it is a desktop, and you do replace the drive with faster spinning, 
> if there's room to continue using the older drive - you can use the 
> older drive as dedicated swap, which will help a lot. You don't need 
> 20GB of swap, you can partition it, but don't use the non swap for 
> anything much other than storage of stuff you don't need to access often.
> This, btw, is what I love about Linux. Old hardware stays useful for 
> much longer, reducing waste in the land fills.
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