Working with Dinosaurs
Remember that new old system I bought? Yup, this one.
I’ve finally gotten around to experimenting with it. First things first, as always, backup the harddrive with clonezilla. But as I mentioned before, for some reason Clonezilla wouldn’t boot >.< A surrogate machine, a drive swap and five minutes later I have one lovely blank 1.6GB harddrive.
First thought was to find something old to run on it, simply for the fun. So I pulled out my Breezy Badger disc, booted it up, and carried out a default installation. The installer installs the base system, copies packages to be installed onto the drive, reboots then installs the rest. The base system install after 2 hours, and it began chugging it’s way through the rest of the packages.
It got as far as OpenOffice.org, and that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. An error message flew up, and my suspicions were quickly proven by a quick
The drive was full 😯 First ever time I saw it at 100%
Apparently a default Badger is simply too heavy for a 1.6GB harddrive. Reading the notes would have shown me that 🙄
A barebones system was in order. I installed an Ubuntu 9.10 command line system, seeing as I have the largest apt repository for that. I didn’t particularly want to waste time downloading updates.
Following the instructions from Ubuntu Docs, I installed a bare Openbox session and Xorg. A little tinkering, setting up Openbox, and I have a working system. Not working very well, but it’s Openbox and Xorg on a 200Mhz Pentium. Ram usage all out is below 50MB, including browsing the web with juancarlospaco’s 1.5KB python web browser.
It boots in 40sec but it’s far from snappy. Perhaps I need to tweak Xorg? Or perhaps I should listen to K.Mandla and realise that Xorg on a Pentium is simply too much? 😕
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Tags: Openbox, Pentium, Ubuntu