View Full Version : Linux for a sh*t computer

04-12-2007, 04:54 PM
I need a Linux distrub that can work on a P2 with MMX, with very very little RAM (=< 512mb), and all it needs to do is have a GUI, and be able to run a proxy. Any suggestions on what I need to start a proxy, and what linux I should use? Thanks guys.

04-12-2007, 06:03 PM
knoppix linux live

04-12-2007, 06:56 PM
KnopperDisk, similiar to Knoppix-like systems but with a slightly sexier Gentoo background.

USB version

* 586 or higher (with MMX support)
* 32MB ram or more
* syslinux
* USB stick, minimal 128MB

-Or, if you're a uber, uber resource-whore.

DSL => Damn Small Linux


04-12-2007, 07:44 PM

Thanks. I have DSL, but that computer runs uber slow with it.

Any help on the proxy section of this operation?

04-13-2007, 05:47 AM

04-13-2007, 06:04 AM
or Kubuntu might work alright

04-13-2007, 09:40 AM
I'd go for one, which uses fluxbox as their desktop environment.
Check distrowatch.com

04-13-2007, 11:24 PM
The specs on my Linux box are like a 700 mhz PIII with like 384 megs of ram and a geforce256 graphics card. I installed from a Gentoo minimal installation, which can get complicated if you're a Linux nub like I once was. Once that was all set up, I got fluxbox to be my window manager. I have to say, even with that little horsepower, that computer can still handle 2 Call of Duty servers, a Ventrilo server, a TeamSpeak server, Apache, VNC, and others with no problem. However, you said your experience with DSL was slow? The last time I tried DSL the window manager was fluxbox, which shouldn't be slow at all. I'm not sure what else could have been slowing down your computer. As for the proxy, what are you looking for? Are you looking for a web-based proxy, like www.ibypass.org, or a proxy that you have to reconfigure your browser to work with? For web based, you can try CGI Proxy or PHProxy. Though, configuring Apache to work with those can get messy. Unfortunately, it's not as easy as click click enter to get those things working, so you'll have to spend a lot of time figuring out how to configure Apache and use Linux in general.

If your mission is to just get your own proxy server for school browsing or whatever, I would recommend just looking for ones on the Internet. Trust me, it will take less time to find a 3 dozen working proxy sites than it will to make your own. However, if the mission is to learn how to use Linux thru the setting up of a proxy server, then I recommend taking my path and starting from the Gentoo minimal installation and building your knowledge from there. That way, you learn from the bottom-up, rather than starting with a full featured distro like SuSe where you have to learn from the outside-in.

Of course, there is always Windows 98...