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Old 02-19-2007, 02:55 AM   #1
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choosing which linux

I have an old pc with 2 small hardrives,one has windows 98
the other has xp.
my wife prefers 98 so I want to use linux instead of xp.
advice please on which linux is easy to connect to the net
(wanadoo france sagem router)also connecting to skype.
I have a copy of shinux which is superb but only available
in french,so advice on a suitable linux would be appreciated.

Old 02-19-2007, 03:10 AM   #2
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Could you give us some system specs Please,

if it is a fairly new machine (5 Years or so) I reccomend:



PCLinuxOS .92

This is the distro I use and recommend, Why because it works right out of the box. No need to configure Everything, everything just works. It also comes as a 1 CD install that is a live CD that you can install later if you wish.


if it is a fairly old machine with limited recouces:

Vector Linux 4.3


Puppy Linux






Luit Linux

if it runs 98' ok you should be fine with any distro

if your still unsure of the distro and need help deciding try these Distro choosers:

Old 02-19-2007, 06:52 AM   #3
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If you are new to linux i found mandriva and suse the easiest two to use in the beginning.
Old 02-19-2007, 10:54 AM   #4
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ubuntu, mephis and mandriva are probably your best bet. if you go with ubuntu-i suggest you dont get the ultimate edition, it has a lot of software already installed on it and will take more room up then the regular 6.10. remember-most distros are free, so try a few out-the only thing you have to pay for are the CDs. Ubuntu's configuration to the net is very simple-i installed it and got on instantly. another advantage to the above 3 distros is the fact that they are some of the most popular distributions-which means you can get more help regarding them than a small, unknown distro. also, you did not mention whether or not you know how to burn iso images, usually i refer people to this is a how to and program download designed for burning iso's. it will work on other distros, not just Ubuntu.
Old 02-19-2007, 12:07 PM   #5
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The easiest is probobly PClinuxOS, the best distros are Slackware, Debian testing and Gentoo. Some leraning is required for all of them.


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