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Linux Distribution: DeLi
Url: http://delilinux.berlios.de/

 
DeLi Linux stands for "Desktop Light" Linux. It is a Linux Distribution for old computers, from 486 to Pentium MMX 166 or so. It's focused on desktop usage.

About DeLi
It includes email clients, graphical web browser, an office package with word processor and spreadsheet, and so on. A full install, including XFree and development tools, needs not more than 250 MB of harddisk space.

The trick is, that DeLi Linux uses only "lightweight" alternative software. If you are looking for the newest KDE, GNOME or Mozilla, DeLi Linux will not make you happy. The test computer is a 486 laptop with 16 MB RAM, and all apps which comes with DeLi Linux are running smoothly.

"Why the heck make a Linux for such old crap ?" you may ask. There are still many computers around with the configuration mentioned above, it would be a shame to waste them. Many people simply cannot buy a 2 Ghz machine for 1000 $ or more, but they can buy a Pentium I 133 for 50 $ from ebay. Many people are still happy with the computer they bought five years ago. Especially in the so-called third world, new hardware is not affordable. Well, there's still Windows95 or Windows 3.1, which will run on these machines, too. But these versions are not supported by MS anymore, they are no longer in production, and finally, you will not get any software for this old Windows version.
DeLi Linux is an international distribution and you can configure DeLi Linux to "speak" the language you want, but its main language is english. Some users from Turkey may think, that Deli Linux is a turkish distribution, because "deli" is the turkish word for "wild" or "crazy". That's one reason I chose this name. It's an abbreviation for "Desktop Light Linux", but it also means "Crazy Linux" in turkish - which was a nice coincidence, I thought. If you're interested: I'm not turkish, ama Türkiye çok seviyorum. Ben Türkiye'de her yil.
Short: Kernel 2.2.26, XFree 3.3.6, Siag Office, dillo, links2, mutt, sylpheed, gcc 2.95 and lot of other software.

Long: Kernel 2.2.26 is a rock solid kernel of the 2.2 branch and it should recognize all hardware which is available for old computers. 2.4.x is newer, but it's also larger. Same for XFree 3.3.6: Xfree 4.x has dropped support for many old graphic chips and cards, so I chose 3.3.6. Siag Office with the Pathetic Writer word processor and the Siag spreadsheet is the Office package of DeLi Linux. Dillo and links2 are the available web browsers. dillo is gtk based, links2 is usable on console and as graphic version under XFree. With mutt and sylpheed there are 2 email clients, one for console, one graphical for XFree. Slrn is the standard news reader for console. For small (local) server tasks, there are masqmail (a very small sendmail replacement but easy to configure), sn (a small news server) and mokey (a very small http demon with PHP support). Lots of development tools are provided: gcc 2.95, perl, ruby and PHP for web development. The standard widget set on DeLi Linux is gtk 1.2.x For printing, there is ghostscript, including stp, the gimp print addon, which supports many modern printers. Window managers: icewm, fluxbox and swm.And, as first distribution, introducing XD640, a desktop environment especially written for old computers with a word processor, notepad, ppp-dialer and many other apps.

DeLi Linux is based on Slackware 7.1, it uses the same tgz package format. So, if you need other software, you should try first the slackware archive for Slackware 7.1 on ftp.slackware.com.




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