Hi, All. Last June I decided to learn what Linux was, so ever since I've been experimenting with a number of distros (Fedora, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, PCLinuxOS) on a couple old desktops I have.
I discovered VectorLinux this week when I got it on my mind, for whatever reason, to get an ancient laptop that I had lying around going again. And I mean ancient:
Dell Inspiron 3000 (from 1997!!!), 233 Mhz CPU, 80 MB RAM, 4 GB HD. LOL! I know, it's really pushing it. But, guess what? VectorLinux Light gave it new life!
Not to say I didn't have problems on the install. But not because of the hardware; I think I made some errors in choosing what packages to install. Because of the tiny HD, I tried to get by with just the barest minimum install, cause all I really want to do with this machine is Web browse/email and experiment with networking to my other computers.
Well on my first two installation attempts, I think the combination of packages I selected wasn't complete because on the initial bootup, it failed (saw a line saying "file system not clean"). GUI would hang, never gave me a screen. And with TUI, "startx" command resulted in "bailing" because X wasn't present.
So on the third attempt, I just installed every single package and option available, and everything's working just great. But I know I'm using up way more of my precious 4 GB HD than I need to.
Could anyone recommend the absolute barest minimum selection of packages to install that will still work? I would really appreciate it.
I find it hard to believe that any distro could get an antediluvian machine like mine running and yet still be a great option for a modern system. Simply amazing! Really. You guys deserve a lot of credit. And now I'm probably going to install VectorLinux on my two "old Linux" desktops, too....