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Can I Resurrect A Windows 95 Computer With Ubuntu?

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Uncategorized
 
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Bob writes: 

I still have an old computer with Windows 95 hanging around,would Linux Ubuntu work here? Also how about the VLC media player?

For Ubuntu 12.04 the recommended system requirements are a 700 mHz processor (Intel Celeron or better),  512 megabytes of RAM and a 5 gigabyte hard-drive.  You’ll also need VGA capable of 1024 x 768 screen resolution and CD/DVD drive or USB port to complete the installation.

There are also the alternatives of Xubuntu or Lubuntu for lighter weight systems.  Minimum requirments for Xubuntu would be 512 MB of RAM, 5 GB of hard drive space and a graphics card and monitor capable of 800 x 600 resolution.

Your Windows 95 computer probably doesn’t meet these minimums. VLC Player is available for systems running Windows XP SP2 and later. If you could get Ubuntu up and running on a computer, you could run the Ubuntu version of VLC Player.

~ Cynthia

 

 

4 Responses to “Can I Resurrect A Windows 95 Computer With Ubuntu?”

  1. Eliyahu Levin says:

    First of all, guys, thanks for the great job you do! I’ve been reading your newsletters for several years now, and it’s useful and pleasure to read!

    As for Ubuntu/Linuxes. As latest Windows’es are becoming more and more demanding , yet sometimes even more annoying to me, I’ve switched Kubuntu (which, imho, is a slightly more “familiar-looking” distro for a former heavy windows-addict ;-) ), and, as time goes by, got acquainted with Ubuntu itself (btw, could you please post some kind of “medium-depth” article on comparison of ubuntu and its derivatives?)
    .
    Now, to the point itself. I tried instaling Kubuntu 12.04/13.10, as well as equivalent Ubuntu’s, also on my Dell Dimension 8100 desktop. It starts loading.. something.. like, you know, the very first menu on the installation dvd works fine, as well as the fancy logo afterwards, but… that’s it.

    It might be wrong, but what i’ve read from some sources on the net that this old P4 might be to old even for newer linuxes.
    Therefore, my question is:

    – Is it correct? If no, what could possibly be a problem? (Experimented with all the features in the startup menu already. Maybe a console would work, still, but what about X Window?)
    – I heard there are tons of other distributions, even with GUI, but which ones could actually work on old machines? I heard somewhere that until recently Linux could actually work even on 386 pcs; now i tried even “Damn Small Linux”and even it got stuck the similiar way..

    In short, we, Linux newbies, as well as – i believe – the ones that only consider hopping in – hope to hear from you more on these and other Linux matters. And, hopefully, soon :-)

    TIA!

  2. GeekHillbilly says:

    You might want to try another Linux Distro.I’ve had good luck with DSL (Damned Small Linux) that works just fine on an old Win 85 machine.

    I redo machines for the Computers For Kids Project here is Southeastern Kentucky and I quite often run into older machines.

  3. GeekHillbilly says:

    Try Win 95 machine.My vision is a bit blurred as I am typing this before 7AM EST and I ain’t had my coffee yet.

  4. Bob says:

    You said in the article “For Ubuntu 12.04 the recommended system requirements are a 700 mHz processor (Intel Celeron or better), 512 megabytes of RAM and a 5 gigabyte hard-drive. You’ll also need VGA capable of 1024 x 768 screen resolution and CD/DVD drive or USB port to complete the installation”. Where on my XP would I find that information, to be sure Ubuntu will install on it?

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