Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS for *very* old server hardware

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Mon Jun 9 09:45:37 UTC 2014

On 8 June 2014 09:14, Niki Kovacs <info at microlinux.fr> wrote:
> I'm currently on a Linux training mission for a company in South France, and
> just for the fun of it, I resurrected a very old server from the server
> cabinet and put Slackware Linux 14.1 32-bit on it. The server is a Dell
> Poweredge 1300, roughly 15 (!) years old, equipped with a Pentium-III 500
> MHz processor, 110 MB RAM and 3 x 9 SCSI disks (which I configured with a
> software RAID 5). Slackware runs very nice on this old dinosaur, we managed
> to get DHCPD, Bind, NTP, Squid+SquidGuard, Apache and some other things to
> run on it.
> As far as I know (and please correct me if I'm wrong), newer versions of
> Ubuntu don't boot on these very old processors. Now here's my question : are
> there eventually some alternate installation CDs of Ubuntu Server (I'm
> interested in the 12.04 LTS version) that would boot on this old machine?

Not in under 128MB of RAM, no!

Can you not find some old SDRAM and upgrade it a little? Even my old
G3 Macs at home have 512MB or 1GB of RAM - old SDRAM DIMMs are so
plentiful and cheap now, I max out every turn-of-the-century machine I

If you can get it to 1/2 GB or even 1GB then Debian will run on it fairly
well, or Ubuntu Server if you do not install a GUI.

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