View Full Version : best os for old ibm?

10-17-2010, 10:55 PM
i have a "designed for win2k" ibm all-in-one pc. i wasted 2hrs defragging/disk cleanup-ing it, and it still take 6:43 (counted) to turn on. i need to be able to have it boot up in less than a minute, and not take 10mins to open firefox (no joke)...
what would work?
im thinking dsl (damn small linux)?
but it needs to have openoffice.org on it. (or ms office)...

733mhz socket 370 celeron (66mhz fsb, i tried a 1.1ghz with a 100fsb it didnt boot),
512mb (2x256mb) pc133 ram
40gb ide hard drive.
problem is the cd drive is shot. so i will need to install it via usb port.

:lol: <--this is so cute

10-18-2010, 12:02 AM
Since it has a 370 socket obviously it needs System/370 OS.


A lightweight Linux or BSD distro should run well on it. Ubuntu would run ok memory-wise (never seen it over 480MB on my 2GB Barton system) but the processor would be a bit slow. Perhaps Puppy Linux?

10-18-2010, 02:40 AM
FreeBSD or other BSD? NetBSD would run on it like greased lightning :D

10-18-2010, 07:02 AM
does whatever-bsd have firefox and openoffice

10-18-2010, 01:37 PM
does whatever-bsd have firefox and openoffice

Yes and yes:

10-29-2010, 07:42 AM
it would take a miracle for a celeron 733 to boot ANY OS in under a minute

10-29-2010, 09:00 AM
it would take a miracle for a celeron 733 to boot ANY OS in under a minute

Why care about how long it boots? I keep my systems running 24/7 and only reboot when forced to :D

10-29-2010, 09:58 AM
Good news: i took the ram, cpu, and hard drive out, and stuck in the pile ro gocto the recycle place :)
I feel sorry for the screen, that was the best part.

Edit: i took the 124w delta psu out too!