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Re: [opensuse] Live USB question: OpenSuSE 12.3 on an Old Toshiba laptop
Katherine Moss said the following on 07/16/2013 03:27 PM:
Hey there, I just have a quick question. Well, actually two. My
first thing is that I have this older Toshiba Laptop with a dead hard
drive and dead clock battery (I want to replace both eventually) but
I'm not sure about the rest of it's internals. I'd like to use
OpenSuSE 12.3 to test it out on a live USB. Will this work with 512
MB of RAM (what is available on the machine, but not the machine's
limit) and a 2.0 ghz processor? (It might actually be 1.7, though
I'm not sure.) The computer was built in CA. 2005, so do you folks
from your experience think that I can use the latest OpenSuSE for
this? (the laptop will run Windows 7 for a comparative reference.)

I can't answer your second question, but I'd be interested in the answer to that.

I can address the first.
I have a machine on my desk from the Closet of Anxieties running openSuse 12.3 with an 800MHz chip and 1G of RAM. It has a 20G had drive of which less than half is in use.

I'm running XFCE on it, I think that KDE and Gnome would require too much to support the eye-candy.

Its fine for reading mail with thunder bird, replying. I don't use firefox on it. It runs - just - in half that memory, but annoyingly slow at the GUI.

I've used machines with less power and memory running IPCop as routers/firewalls. The GUI - X - seems too much for them, both CPU and memory hungry. But there are many appliances that can run a nice state machine talking back and forth using a web/html/http interface.

Don't dream of using such a machine for gimp or anything like that!

How long did the whining go on when KDE2 went on KDE3?

The only universal constant is change. If a species can not adapt it
goes extinct. That's the law of the universe, adapt or die.
-- Billie Walsh, May 18 2013
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