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I have a Toshiba Satellite 1625. It has a 20 gig hard drive, 475 MHz, 64 MB of RAM. I'm new to linux and need to find a good distro. I want something with a fairly easy install, will run at a decent speed with my setup, will play MP3's, and will overall be a good distro for someone wanting to learn linux. I have done a ton of research, but most answers contridicted eachother and were extremely biased. Ive heard that Mandrake was good, but that it could be rather sluggish (and I've heard slackware is fast, but install is hell). If anyone has a suggestion, please give me reasons why you suggest the distro and where I could download or buy it from (I'd prefer to buy it so I can have manuals and since I have a dialup connection). Thank you very much to anyone that contributes. I know you may be sick of newbie distro questions, but so far I haven't found anything that fits my needs. Thanks again.
Last edited by Keep Skankin; 06-07-2003 at 03:38 PM.
Thats a good question.
Slackware 9 is very easy to install, and only comes on one disk (also has been on a lot of linux mags), as you said you want to learn linux, slack is excellent for a newbie wanting to learn more. www.slackware.org
Also look into fluxbox for your window manager as it's faster than KDE or GNOME on those specs
I hope iv'e answered you question fully
I've also been told that FreeBSD is a good OS for computers with lower specs. It isn't linux, its *nix, and apparently its excellent. I personally have never heard of FreeBSD. If anyone knows anything about it, please leave a reply to this question or to my first one. thanks.
I never said it would be easy, I answered FreeBSD to your subject in the other forum. I don't want to name it as it would probably start the same way the other did and get flammed, I also answered "why is BSD better on the other forum". But in this question you asked whats a good newbie linux distro and Slack is a great newbie distro, just remember to read the install manual and understand it (this is where most newbie's fall flat on there face with slack).
If you don't understand the manual just post a thread and someone will answer it for you.
Why not try both and then you can see which one is better. No one is telling you if you install it you have to stick with it?
If your curisous about FreeBSD just download it and install it, if you don't like it you can delete it and install Slack
Maybe this will help...
When I started, it was with redhat8. It was new and different, and I had to struggle with things like sound and Java. Soon, though, everything was working but it didn't 'feel' right. So I became a Distro Junkie. I installed Mandrake(for about 5 minutes), Caldera, Slackware, Debian, Vector, Arch, EvilEntity, Smoothwall, ClarkConnect, and finally Gentoo. I have 4 machines running gentoo. My advice is this:If you can get access to broadband for 1 month, download as many iso's as you can. ( http://www.distrowatch.com ) Not only will you be good at installing Linux, but you'll find your distro. If you're restricted to buying at a store (for the manuals) I'd suggest Debian. That's just me. I like apt-get.
BTW...Like I said elsewhere, I have a Toshiba 1555 CDS laptop that I've had Debian and Gentoo on. Do when you have trouble, you can always write back. I'll try to help with good questions.