[CentOS] C6 or C7 for an old netbook

Mon Jun 5 17:07:22 UTC 2017
Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org>

On 06/05/2017 11:15 AM, Fred Smith wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 05, 2017 at 10:31:10AM -0400, m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
>> I've got an old HP Netbook, which is just fine for taking with when I'm
>> travelling, to check email and news. I have a very old Ubuntu
>> netbook-remix on it, and it really, *really* needs to be updated to
>> something current. I, of course, would prefer CentOS....
>> The question is: I see that *if* the specs I just looked up (I'm at work,
>> not home, where I could just turn it on, but they sound right) Atom N270
>> CPU, 2G RAM, 160GB drive - what should I put on it, C6 or C7? Upgrading
>> the memory's not going to happen, so it's got to live with that size.
>> Opinions (please, no flame wars), just what will be most responsive on a
>> machine this small?
> I think the Atom N270 is a 32-bit processor, no?
> that means either no C7, or you will have to use the unofficial 32-bit
> build, and I don't know if it is being kept up to date.
> also, 3rd-party repositories (epel, et al) aren't offering 32-bit
> packages for C7, either, so if you depend on any of them for packages
> you really care about (e.g., I can't use gnome-3.x, I use epel's
> Mate Desktop packages) you'll be stuck.

We have an i386 version of CentOS-7 from the altarch SIG:


It should theoretically work with that processor .. at least one could
test it and see.

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