Better linux distro for an EBOX 3350MX

Nelson Muntz

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You might have a look at this link.

I hear ya I hate throwing things out if I think I can squeeze some more life out of something.

However, always a However.

I've also realized as much as I hate to admit and accept the fact that sometimes certain electronics just no longer can be utilized.

If an older version of Linux which was originally installed and working on those than that may be the only choice you have to make them useful.

I think this website


has old Linux distros that you can download however no longer being supported you may not find a sever to connect to.
 


Lory1908

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The fact is that Ubuntu 10.04 works fine, but I spent two days trying to install a driver and I just can't cause I am a newbie fighting with an unsupported distro.
I already give my system access to the old repositories but something is always missing, or not updatable or a lot of other things. I successfully used the remote desktop and the LAN and audio interface, now I was trying with a USB wifi adapter.

I'll try your websites, but I already have an unsupported version so...
Also I think that Ubuntu 12.04, that supports non-PAE cpus, doesn't work with a non-cmov system

I'm stuck on ubuntu 10.04 I guess, it still can have access to some of the old repo at least...not all but a big part
 

Macario

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I chanced upon this thread when looking for the same information; I believe that Debian Wheezy (which was last updated in 2018) may provide you with a more secure environment than Ubuntu 10.04 (last updated in 2013). Unfortunately Debian dropped support for i586 in the following release (Jessie): https://www.linux.org/threads/better-linux-distro-for-an-ebox-3350mx.32803/page-2

You can get the latest Wheezy image from the archives: https://cdimage.debian.org/mirror/cdimage/archive/7.11.0/i386/iso-cd/

All considered, the 3350MX platform is no longer safe for general internet access under Linux when compared to something like a Rasbian-based Raspberry Pi, but it definitely makes for a compact retro-gaming platform for DOS games in the mid/late 90s (SoundBlaster-compatible support is not available for DOS, but Win98 implements SB emulation over AC97 audio). You may want to sell these on for such purpose.
 

Lory1908

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I chanced upon this thread when looking for the same information; I believe that Debian Wheezy (which was last updated in 2018) may provide you with a more secure environment than Ubuntu 10.04 (last updated in 2013). Unfortunately Debian dropped support for i586 in the following release (Jessie): https://www.linux.org/threads/better-linux-distro-for-an-ebox-3350mx.32803/page-2

You can get the latest Wheezy image from the archives: https://cdimage.debian.org/mirror/cdimage/archive/7.11.0/i386/iso-cd/

All considered, the 3350MX platform is no longer safe for general internet access under Linux when compared to something like a Rasbian-based Raspberry Pi, but it definitely makes for a compact retro-gaming platform for DOS games in the mid/late 90s (SoundBlaster-compatible support is not available for DOS, but Win98 implements SB emulation over AC97 audio). You may want to sell these on for such purpose.
WOW thank you I never thought it like a gaming platform, more like a always on pc!
Wonderful idea, also I'll try your OS
 

Lord Boltar

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CMOV stands for "conditional move" and speeds up code by avoiding "if-thens" and therefore the necessity of branch-prediction. The kernel shipped with Ubuntu 10.10 and later dropped support for old i586 CPUs by requiring this extension, so you will have difficulty running anything newer on this system.
 
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