Linux on a smaller scale

Liam Proven lproven at
Mon May 7 23:55:38 UTC 2007

On 07/05/07, Brian Fahrlander <brian at> wrote:
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> Liam Proven wrote:
> >>     I'm HAPPY to try Ubuntu Lite; throw me a lifeline, aye?
> >
> > The guys that set up the website are currently AWOL, so we can't
> > change or update it.
>     Sounds like it's time to take your hosting elsewhere.
> > However, if you just put "ubuntu lite" into Google, the 1st hit is the
> > Wikipedia article and the 2nd is the mailing list. The WP article
> > points to the ML anyway.
> >
> >
> >
>     Actually "ubuntu lite" brought up your site...and now I have a
> different, more-thorny problem.
>     Years ago...I think it was '96, I bought a sweet little box that, at
> the time was too slow for Windows: 2xP3/300 with a built-in SCSI and
> network card. It ran Redhat from 6-9.  BUT IT WON'T BOOT UBUNTU!  I've
> spent a lot of time trying to get it installed with/without ACPI, APIC,
> alternative disk, server disk, every combination I know, but it always
> ends in a kernel panic.
>     And the Wiki you pointed out tells me it starts with a Dapper
> install.  I dunno.  But kick those webmins; they're not doing their
> job...I'm sure UL is a sweet distro on the small side.

My home server is a dual P2-400 running Ubuntu Server. 256MB RAM, 2GB
boot disk, 5 * 40GB RAID5, 3xCD changer.

It can be done!

I don't think you have a P3-300. If I remember correctly the slowest
P3 was about 500MHz - the fastest P2 was 450. If it has 2 x 300MHz
chips, then they are P2s, which is a shame, as the P2 at <350MHz used
a 66MHz frontside bus and was a *lot* slower than the 350 or better.

Do you want to use it as a server or a workstation? Given that it was
happy with RH, if a server, try CentOS. If a workstation, try Fedora.

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