I have an old Pentium III system with 128Mb of RAM I'm trying to redeploy for web browsing and after checking out a number of the distros designed for usage on very old hardware, I've decided that I like TinyCore the most.
The issue I'm having is that 128Mb just seems to be way too tight for a modern web browser experience. TinyCore has Firefox, Chromium and Dillo browsers. Firefox doesn't work at all. Dillo is can't render modern web sites. Chromium seems like it might work but looks like is running out of resources- it opens but then can't be used.
That said, I noticed that TinyCore uses the kernel's zram functionality and I thought I would play with that since it was something new for me.
While it has been fun to learn and play around with zram, I'm thinking that 128Mb is just not going to work. I'm not a fan of using swap anyway but on older systems with less than 1Gb RAM sometimes it's necessary. Two questions:
1) Has anyone built and used a system with 128Mb of RAM and had a good modern day web browser experience? If so, what distro did you use?
2) Has anyone use zram for swap? If so, how is the experience compared to using dedicated swap partitions or swap files.
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Keith C. Perry, MS E.E.