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 PostPost subject: What OS to use? (on a oldie)        Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:49 am 
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Now, what OS to use? it is currently running MS-DOS 6.2/WFW 3.11. But i want to try something different :)

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:08 pm 
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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:36 pm 
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Try Windows 95


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:55 pm 
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You have a few options:

    OpenStep - it's certainly fast, and a modern, nice OS - scarce drivers, possibly; couldn't find the requirements for it
    OS/2 - an older version may work; has a Windows subsystem and some drivers, as well as a few newer apps; however, Warp 3 just barely passes the memory requirement - it's at least 32-bit in contrast to
    NT 3.51 - big fan of this myself, you could get some life out of it, although you may not have the RAM for it

I'd recommend looking for some more RAM. 95 will require 16MB; 3.51 requires 8MB, and OS/2 Warp 3 requires 4MB. The CPU should be decent, though.

I also looked at CE, but the requirements are too high.[/list]


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:21 pm 
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I installed the 13 floppy set of Win95 on an old laptop I had here
some time ago..
It's a Texas Instruments - Travelmate 4000M / 8mb of ram / 66mhz CPU..
Damn it was slow...


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:50 pm 
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I used to have a 66MHz Pentium with 64MB of RAM (upgraded). Not a bad machine, a little slow, but it really ran Windows 98 quite nicely. 3.1 was fairly high-speed. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to test anything aside from that.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:18 pm 
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I would think that OS/2 or NEXTstep would be a good choice

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:57 pm 
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Try use Windows NT 3.1


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:09 pm 
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and a 256MB hard disk

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:16 pm 
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Why not just run Calmira on it as it is, Dos622 and Win3.11 is a good
choice given the hardware it's on.


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That spec just begs for OS/2 2.1.

I actually used OS/2 Warp 3 with only 4 MB of RAM, and it was slow like hell. 2.1 should run fine with 4 MB, though.


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I'd say either stick with MS-DOS and Win3.11 and use something like Calmira or the WPS for Windows, or OS/2 2.1, as ppc_digger said, maybe a really barebones version of Linux. NT won't work since 4MB of RAM's too scarce, Win95 will be slow as hell.


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Thanks for all the replys and advice :wink:
OS/2 2.1 seems like a good choice. What are the requirements for NEXTstep?

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:21 am 
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AFAIK, OPENSTEP was evolved from NeXTstep so OPENSTEP may work better since it's a newer version. Besides, OPENSTEP is on the server and NeXTstep isn't.

BTW, You may have difficulty burning it to CD in Windows. You may need to use Mac or some sort of special burning software for Windows.

PS. OPENSTEP is the correct spelling of the OS. OpenStep is the name of the API. NeXT was very case-sensitive in their names. They had lots of case-sensitive names for NeXTstep.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:19 am 
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I`ll just stick with OS/2 2.1 :wink:

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Upgrade the RAM to 32MB and run BSD on it! :twisted:

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ZSS9393 wrote:
Upgrade the RAM to 32MB and run BSD on it! :twisted:

Don't you mean:
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ZSS9393 wrote:
Upgrade the RAM to 32MB and run BSD on it! :twisted:


I don`t have any EDO RAM :(

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:56 pm 
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Run DOS?

Windows 95 should give you what you want...

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Upgrade the ram some ;) But i'm surprised someone hasn't mentioned a floppy based linux system. I used one on almost the exact same specs and it was fairly fast ( No X of course)


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Meh. There's not much of an "interest" factor in it. It's just a Linux shell, after all. Great for practical environments, but not the most engaging and impressive of OSes on an old PC.


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