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Windows 7: Alternative OS to MS OS's.

25 Jun 2018   #21
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

I may check Pixel out. I have an old Gateway desktop with Win 98, never been online. Is sooo slow. would be interesting to see if Pixel could work well on it, and if I could access old documents and such from it. Or if not Pixel, some other tiny Linux.


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25 Jun 2018   #22
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

My theory is, I don't think you can get any tinier than a Raspberry Pi, so I am guessing that Pixel should do a decent job on an old computer. We'll see...
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25 Jun 2018   #23
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Keep us posted!
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27 Jun 2018   #24
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

I've been running Pixel Linux on my eMachines W5243 computer (2 GB RAM, AMD64 processor). I run it as Linux Live from a USB2 flash drive, because they don't yet have it set up to install to the hard drive.

It runs very FAST on that machine. And it has a solid stable feel throughout. But I did find some issues:
* Sometimes the system crashes.
* Quite often the mouse quits working. (The keyboard always works.)

There are a few other minor issues, but nothing I can't live with, mainly that I don't know how to configure some things, like the clock.

The one Linux distro I have found that not only runs well on my eMachines computer, but also is basically bug-free, is Elementary OS, and I've tested quite a few distros on that computer.
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01 Jul 2018   #25
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Anybody know how to download Puppy Linux? The process looks incredibly complicated, with pages of various versions. I just want the latest 32 bit little bugger. Can anyone steer me in the right direction? I could join their forum, but I'm on way too many forums already.

Thanks,

Mike

Edit: I found Puppy Linux Xenial (2017) on softpedia and am testing it now. Looks pretty cool. I'm about to try it on my old Gateway Pentium 2 with 96MB ram. The specs say it should tun on that. We'll see.
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01 Jul 2018   #26
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

I can't get the Puppy Linux disc to boot on my old Gateway. I went in to setup and bumped the CD-rom drive to the top, so it would be the default boot drive, but it won't boot. It tries; you can hear it working, and after awhile it gives up and boots Windows 98 (yeah, that old). It seems not to recognize PL as an OS. I did test the CD on my other Gateway and it worked fine. Not sure how to proceed. I would love to get PL running on that computer as it would make accessing files on Windows so much faster.
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01 Jul 2018   #27
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

How did you format CD? If NTFS, Win98 can't read it, use FAT32 and it should boot.
Also, I noticed in your system specs you posted AV M$ Security Essentials (MSE), I'd consider BitDefender Free, top ratings from AV Comparatives, and other test sites, MSE, bottom of barrel and used as baseline, also consider Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit free, & Malwarebytes Anti-malware free.

Nic
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01 Jul 2018   #28
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
How did you format CD? If NTFS, Win98 can't read it, use FAT32 and it should boot.
Also, I noticed in your system specs you posted AV M$ Security Essentials (MSE), I'd consider BitDefender Free, top ratings from AV Comparatives, and other test sites, MSE, bottom of barrel and used as baseline, also consider Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit free, & Malwarebytes Anti-malware free.

Nic
Thanks for the tips on AV, Snick. My situation is that I'm on Windows very infrequently, so I figure MSE is sufficient. I have three machines. The W98 one has never been online so needs nothing. The one you referenced I am on about once a month, to update it. Occasionally for something else. The third is my music computer and it stays offline by default, so again MSE is (hopefully) sufficient. I have used Bitdefender free as well as Malwarebytes. I installed Malwarebytes paid version on my wife's laptop. She is online much more than me.

I'll try formatting a CD with fat 32 and hopefully it will work. I'll let you know.
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02 Jul 2018   #29
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
By a license rule, ALL Linux distros must be free. Companies, like Red Hat, charges for services, never for the software
@Megahertz07 Linux distributors can't charge for the linux core but they can charge for their customization to linux, apps that they own and put on it, and for their support.
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02 Jul 2018   #30
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

townsbg, exactly the scenario with Red Hat!

michael diemer, FYI, on win95 I had to format CD to ISO-9660 for it to read and load Panasonic KX-P2130 printer driver. FAT32 is an improved version of the File Allocation Table (FAT) file system. FAT32 originally appeared in Windows 95 OEM Service Release (OSR) 2. FAT32 uses smaller clusters than FAT16 drives do, thus using space more efficiently on larger disks (disks larger than 1GB in size). You can also use FAT32 to format disks larger than 2GB as a single drive.
Malwarebytes premium incorporates anti-exploit and anti-malware within.

Nic
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