Re: Running Linux in Pentium2s

From: Jean-David Beyer (jdbeyer_at_exit109.com)
Date: 03/24/05

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    Jules wrote:
    > On Thu, 24 Mar 2005 14:03:17 +0800, Tsun Szu wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I am changing my OS for my 15 networked PCs in my office from Windows to
    >>Linux. I have already installed 5 PCs with RH9.0 in the Celeron PCs. They
    >>are running fine although a bit slower than when they were running Win98se.
    >
    >
    > RH/Fedora is always going to be slow and bloated (out of the box) except
    > on very new hardware IMHO. It's not a good choice for old hardware.
    >
    > Something like Debian (never tried but heard lots of good things about),
    > or Slackware would seem like a nicer choice.
    >
    > Steer clear of Gnome or KDE too; they both eat memory something rotten.
    > Lighter window managers as suggested by others are a much better bet.
    >
    On this machine with an LCD display, I get:
       PID USER PRI NI SIZE RSS SHARE STAT %CPU %MEM CTIME COMMAND
    30987 root 15 0 38944 29M 6484 S 2.9 0.7 20:53 X
    11274 jdbeyer 15 0 7164 7164 5784 S 0.0 0.1 0:11 metacity

    On my smaller machine with a CRT display, I get:
       PID USER PRI NI SIZE RSS SHARE STAT %CPU %MEM CTIME COMMAND
      1075 root 15 0 30552 9036 1088 S 0.2 1.7 16:46 X
    25949 jdbeyer 18 0 5964 5964 4296 S 0.0 1.1 0:00 metacity

    I think an RSS of 15Megabytes is not all that bad for a windowing system.
    On the first machine are 4096GBytes RAM. I am not sure if a lot of X would
    get paged out if I were running with a smaller RAM.

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