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I'm still looking for some hardware to install Linux on, but until then, is there a version that'll work on VirtualPC?

I've tried Slack 8, doesn't work; Redhat, it's cack; Gentoo, doesn't like my hard disk; DSL, won't boot.

So far, I've got Redhat 6.1, but I can't install software on it... my main desktop machine is a P3(450MHz) w/ 128MB RAM, a 20GB HD, and Windows Fundamentals with VPC 2004. Is there a version I can get that'll work on it?

It's an ISO of something like Slack (or something like that) that I'm after... can such a thing be found?

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VirtualPC doesnt support the linux kernel very well.

If you want linux in a VPC, use VMWare.
They support it.

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DjRob wrote:VirtualPC doesnt support the linux kernel very well.

If you want linux in a VPC, use VMWare.
They support it.
It might not support Linux as well as VMware, but that doesn't mean it won't work. I remember I've installed Mandrake 9.2 in VPC long ago, can't think of any other distros I might have tried though. Solaris 8 worked as well (not a Linux, but anyway). Otherwise, I agree, VMware is the better choice. Or try the free innotek VirtualBox, it supports newer distros quite well (openSUSE 10.3 works, as well as Gentoo).

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I remember installing Red Hat 9 in Virtual PC 5 (before Microsoft bought it) years ago. It ran perfectly. Microsoft probably messed it up later.

Also, QEMU is great for running Linux.

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I said that the kernel versions weren supported.
And that VPC cant use the 24-bit colour.

If you still want to try some linux in VPC, use Ubuntu with the Safeboot (or something like that) and the mouse doesnt work you must set the numblock on the keyboard as mouse.

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Actually, I have found most modern linux distributions work in Virtual PC, with a small amount of tweaking to disable the 24-bit colour.

Use the information available on http://vpc.visualwin.com/ to get your linux distros working in Virtual PC.

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From my experience VMWare is 4x faster than VPC.

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I don't think any GUI-based OS is even going to be useable on an emulated 450mhz P3.
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Fireware wrote:I don't think any GUI-based OS is even going to be useable on an emulated 450mhz P3.
MenuetOS comes to mind. Then you have classic Mac OS (I've run Mac OS 8.1 using Fusion PC on a 100 MHz Pentium-1, it was more responsive than Windows 98 running natively). Windows 3.x, pre-Warp OS/2, etc.

I bet an optimized modern Gentoo installation with a light window manager (e.g. Blackbox) will be snappy, too.

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Post by Tootles »

VMware isn't free, though, is it?

I had the player, but it didn't seem to be any good - it kept freezing, and there didn't seem to be a way I could toggle between host and guest.

I didn't like it .

I've had RedHat 7 working really well in VPC 5, but all I can find now is 4, so I might install that on my laptop as well...
Can I run VPC 4 on the same machine as I do 2007?

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Fireware wrote:I don't think any GUI-based OS is even going to be useable on an emulated 450mhz P3.
The CPU speed might not be the biggest problem, the fact he has only 128MB of RAM might be it. I've run XP in VMware on a 400MHz box, it wasn't fast, but still usable. Anyway, as ppc_digger said, a lightweight Linux install, Windows NT, OS/2 Warp 3, should all run on such a config, albeit not blazingly fast.
marktuson wrote:VMware isn't free, though, is it?
VMware Server is, but check the RAM requirement. 128MB is really tight.

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marktuson wrote:DSL, won't boot.
If by DSL you mean Damn Small Linux then it does boot and I've booted it many times without any fail.
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Post by Grisa »

Just one word: VirtualBox 1.5.2
It won't run old linuxes (for example Redhat 6.1 panic'ed), but works fine with everything with kernel 2.4 and up.

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Post by happy dude »

I guess this may be a little off topic...but I've never gotten any Linux distro to install in VPC... my experience is that VPC is designed for Microsoft's OS' only (well...duh ).

I should try a linux distro in VMWare when I can be bothered...

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So far, I've got Redhat 6.1, but I can't install software on it... my main desktop machine is a P3(450MHz) w/ 128MB RAM, a 20GB HD, and Windows Fundamentals with VPC 2004. Is there a version I can get that'll work on it?


That maybe the problem because it may fall bellow the minimum speed. I would really not reccomend any virtualization without 512 megs of ram or 1 gightz processor...
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Oh dear, I'm an idiot...

The machine I'm trying to simulate on is a new laptop, 120GB hard disk, 1GB RAM, Vista Business, with VPC 2007 on it. The other machine, I was looking for an old system to run on it native.
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marktuson wrote: The other machine, I was looking for an old system to run on it native.
Okay, I'm afraid I can't help you anymore with your VPC issue, but if you're looking for a distro for your old system, I'd recommend something with a lightweight desktop such as Debian with Xfce or something along these lines.

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I must say that a VMware serial is worth every penny, and you are hearing this from an avid eMule fan.

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Hi again, sorry about the bump, but I've got an added question.....

I've got RedHat 6.1 to work in VPC, and was wondering if I can set it up to access the Internet through the host (like with the Win98 VM). I know what to do from the host, but what should I do through the VM?

Also, will Firefox work on such an old version of Linux?

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marktuson wrote:Hi again, sorry about the bump, but I've got an added question.....

I've got RedHat 6.1 to work in VPC, and was wondering if I can set it up to access the Internet through the host (like with the Win98 VM). I know what to do from the host, but what should I do through the VM?

Also, will Firefox work on such an old version of Linux?

Thanks.
Well, if you set it to NAT or bridged and RedHat recognizes the DEC 21140 LAN card, you should get an IP address if you have a DHCP server somewhere (don't know if VPC can set one up by itself). Otherwise, you'd assign it one (ifconfig) and then, if that's necessary, point it to your DNS servers (/etc/resolv.conf). As for Firefox, I really don't know. IIRC, RedHat 6.1 is from 2000 or something. And I can only repeat it: You aren't doing yourself any favours by running such an old and obsolete distro just because VPC has its issues with newer distros. RH6.1 is very old, i.e. it uses the 2.2-series kernel and you'll probably have huge problems getting additional software to run on it, either because newer apps won't work on it due to obsolete libraries and stuff or, if trying to find apps of the same age, because the servers and repositories are long dead.

Seriously, you won't get very far with an old and obsolete distro, especially not if you're doing this for learning purposes. You'll probably encounter many issues trying to follow instructions on the net that are meant for newer distros and so on. The situation could be comparable to someone trying to get Office 2007 and stuff to work on Windows 98. If you want my advice (if you don't, I apologize for having bothered you ), use innotek VirtualBox, it's free, works well and supports newer distros such as OpenSuse 10.3 or Debian Etch. It's a pity that newer distros (those with kernel 2.6 seem to be affected) don't work correctly in VPC, but using an obsolete distro will not get you very far either. I'd not even put too much hope in getting Firefox to run, if at all, a really old version may work.

But if that doesn't bother you, then you'll be fine of course.

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Post by Bender »

AnDrEwP182 wrote:I must say that a VMware serial is worth every penny, and you are hearing this from an avid eMule fan.
I agree. If you are gonna do a lot of emulation work, buying a VMWare License is the way to go
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