[SATLUG] off the topic: minix

Don Crowder donguitar at gmail.com
Sat Jan 5 23:58:02 CST 2008


Ernest De Leon wrote:
> The best distribution for an older slower machine is Damn Small Linux (DSL)
> hands down...you should be able to get everything to work under that.  I use
> it on an old PII laptop that I toy around with, and it works like a charm.
> 
> I am not 100% sure but I believe it is a debian derivative distro.  There is
> a larger yet still quick version of DSL called DSL-N.  That one works well
> too.
> 
> Ernest
> 
> On Jan 5, 2008 2:59 PM, Chris Lemire <good_bye300 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> 
>> I know one person who would use a *nix machine. He's computer illiterate,
>> but I could help him. I can give you his contact details if you'd like to
>> donate an old computer to him.
>>
>> country <glenn.toothman at gmail.com> wrote: I was just thinkin the same
>> thing, have 3 old systems here that would be
>> nice *nix machines, and could give them to others as I get things upgraded
>> on them
>>
>> Hope someone can give a nice 'old' *nix type OS...   the disk drives are
>> not
>> big, and would loose nothing by overwriting them..
>>
>>
>>
>> On Jan 5, 2008 3:46 PM, Chris Lemire  wrote:
>>
>>> Since I can not get wireless with a 64 bit Linux kernel, I got a hold of
>> a
>>> slow 200~300 mhz computer. On that computer, I would like to install a
>> 32
>>> bit *nix that works with my wireless network adapter. I'd also like cups
>> for
>>> my printer to be shared on the network using that computer. I'd like to
>> have
>>> a second network adapter that will connect to my desktop with 64 bit FC8
>>> thought a crossover cable in order to share the wireless internet to it.
>>> I've been playing with Minix 3 in VMware Server, and I'd like to install
>> it
>>> on that slow computer. Does ndiswrapper work in Minix 3? I've already
>> found
>>> out that ndiswrapper will not work in FreeDOS, so that OS is out of the
>>> question. If not, should I use ipcop? Otherwise I am thinking of running
>>> Debian with no gui, but should I use stable, testing, or unstable? I
>> guess
>>> there's no reason to have bleeding edge software for something that just
>> has
>>> two functions, share the wireless internet to 64 bit Linux and share the
>>> printer on the
>>>  network. I would use Minix 3 if I knew it could do both of those.
>>>
>>>

In a lot of cases Debian Etch will work as well as DSL and give you a 
lot more capabilities.  I like DSL and DSL-N but they both feel sort of 
truncated after using Etch.

*shrug*
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