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Damn Small Linux: Still Damn Fun

Jul 12, 2011, 20:34 (2 Talkback[s])

"486's, Pentium I's, and II's ran Windows 3.1, 95, 98, 98SE, ME, and 2000. The trouble with refurbishing any of these older versions of Windows is that you can't securely connect them to the Internet. Microsoft doesn't supply security fixes and they're long out of support. Most anti-malware vendors don't support them. If you find an anti-malware product that runs on them, it overwhelms the CPU. It's no longer practical to run internet-connected, pre-XP versions of Windows.

"Damn Small Linux is a "turnkey" distro. It's convenient because it bundles everything you need right in the initial install. Another way to go is to take a bare-bones Linux distro like Tiny Core and build it up into the system you want. This takes more effort but ensures that only apps you need consume resources. The choice is yours."

Editors' Note: This post was written on a Pentium II 266 running DSL, just because.

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