Ubuntu on old hardware

I’ve got a couple of older PC’s, both were Windows 98 machines when they were new. While attempting to install some of the more recent versions of Ubuntu on these machines I encountered various errors during the install phase or on first bootup after installation. After playing around a bit and trying various boot options I found a fairly simple solution that worked on both boxes: perform the initial install using the Breezy release, then update your sources list to Dapper and run apt-get dist-upgrade to get up-to-date with a fully supported version. Dapper was an LTS release, so if you’re running the server version of Ubuntu you’ll still be able to get updates until 2010. Throw a controller card and big hard drive in a machine like this, add Ubuntu server, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a network storage device.

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