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#1 Makaveli

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 03:57 AM

So I'm looking for an operating system that can run under 256 MB of RAM and a 533 MHz processor and that can be booted or installed from USB (preffered) I've seen many but don't know what's best. Its for my dad and he usually just surfs the internet to check mail.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:09 AM

Or if anybody can help me fix an error with explorer.exe at startup on WindowsCE that doesn't allow me to use the netbook anymore.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 06:38 AM

Have you tried Ubuntu?
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Posted 05 February 2012 - 06:56 AM

Don't use ubuntu, but i recommend CentOs and google some others.
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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:09 AM

Damn Small Linux
aka DSL
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#6 Makaveli

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:47 AM

Nevermind. I can't boot from USB. Going to the trash.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 09:43 AM

Why wouldn't you be able to boot from usb? If you can it's worth installing linux, but deffinitely not ubuntu, it's one of the most heavy weight distros I've ever used. If you want an intermediate challenge I'd try arch linux, you get to start from a simple base linux install then choose what you want so it isn't cluttered. You could also try puppy linux and all of those other light weight/feature distros.
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Posted 05 February 2012 - 09:56 AM

You could update your bios too.

Anyways, I just realized Ubuntu's the Windows of Linux.
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Posted 05 February 2012 - 03:44 PM

There's no bios from what I can see and arch Linux is too complicated for a man like my father. I would have already entered bios and changed the boot priority if I could.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:13 PM

can you install via SSH?

id just install on the HD from a different machine. i heard that will cause problems with windows though.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:19 PM

View PostBloodhound, on 05 February 2012 - 03:44 PM, said:

There's no bios from what I can see and arch Linux is too complicated for a man like my father. I would have already entered bios and changed the boot priority if I could.
I'm reasonably sure there has to be a BIOS. May need to flash it though.
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#12 Makaveli

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:24 PM

Thanks for the help. But I don't think I wanna go through more difficulties above my level.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:33 PM

View PostWolvy, on 05 February 2012 - 05:17 PM, said:

How would you run SSH with no operating system on the target computer?


he said he had windows CE.
i use SSH to update my linux media player and install stuff.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:34 PM

View PostBloodhound, on 05 February 2012 - 05:24 PM, said:

Thanks for the help. But I don't think I wanna go through more difficulties above my level.
Make a chameleon USB :3
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Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:36 PM

yes but if his hardware isn't capable of booting from a USB, then it's no good.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:40 PM

Damn netbooks without CD drives. Lol.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 06:25 PM

well if your installing linux for him, just take the drive out and install on it from another machine.

only do that if you definitely cant boot from an external source.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:01 PM

Hope that's as easy as removing a drive from a desktop...

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:48 PM

it wont be that easy i dont think. usually they have like a small panel that gives access to the HD. if not then it looks like you will have to undo more than a couple of screws.

can i suggest chrome OS if he only wants to do web based stuff. chrome sucks as an OS but sounds perfect for this.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:49 PM

I would recommend Xubuntu. Its a variation of Ubuntu using lxde. Its simple, lightweighed and designed to run on older/slower hardware. Its not that pretty though but it gets the job done. Minimum requirements state you need at least 256 MB RAM for the normal live CD and install but 512 is recommended.

Another option is Lubuntu. Which has even lower requirements (128 MB RAM) and says it runs on celeron processers.

More info about Lubuntu

EDIT: Reading throught this thread, I would change my recommendation to Lubuntu, chances are it will run the best. Its very simple to learn how to use, (its built from ubuntu) and a much more praticle option for every day use than something like Damn Small Linux, or TinyCore.