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Ideally I want to run Fluxbox and sometimes KDE. I know the latter would be a resource hog but KDE / Gnome on my RH 9 seem to be running at more than acceptable levels and don't slow me down too much. Is there any reason why they shouldn't work equally as well in FC2+ ?
rh9 shipped with kde v2 and gnome v1 I think. they've got bigger and fatter since then, but even fc2 had kde 3 and gnome 2 i (also) think. in gnome you can disable nautilus etc... to claw back resources. as for KDE, my preferred way is to uninstall it.
Distribution: Servers: Scientific Linux 5.x // Desktops: Fedora Core (latest)
I think you'll be fine dude...
I built my mother a machine - why? - because she has no idea how to use a computer and wanted something to start with. It's an 800 MHZ AMD Duron Mobile + 40 GB Hdd + 256 MB Ram. (new parts i got last winter for really really really cheap at newegg.com - whole machine with LCD monitor, keyboard, etc, came to about 300 bucks)
It's nothing flashy.
It runs Fedora Core 5 with Gnome and flies just like anything else does. It's slower than my Athlon 3200 when encoding music or movies, but for daily desktop applications like Open Office / Email / Web browsing, it's just as quick as anything else. The OS will not kill the machine, believe me. If anything, Linux is the best thing for an old machine.