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When you find a distribution to install from one of previous replies (thay all seem to have a reasonable response to your question), Be careful as to how much you install. Do NOT install both gnome and kde as a number of distribution will try to do,. You don't have enough disc space. If you choose to use KDE or Gnome it will run quite slowly in 16M RAM. If you are very new and don't whether to install KDE or Gnome, then toss a coin or throw a die to select which. There are many users who will tell you one is better than the other, but it is mostly personal preference and not a really objective comparison. Personally I use KDE because I like.
Originally posted by Michael Johnson ...If you choose to use KDE or Gnome it will run quite slowly in 16M RAM. If you are very new and don't whether to install KDE or Gnome, then toss a coin or throw a die to select which. There are many users who will tell you one is better than the other, but it is mostly personal preference and not a really objective comparison. Personally I use KDE because I like.
Do NOT use KDE or Gnome. Use something light, like xfce, fluxbox, icewm, but NOT KDE(which has a 128MB ram minimum) or Gnome (which is similar to KDE in memory usage).
Fedora core 3 has a light-weight window manager, it's pretty cut down and doesn't use too much memory. An office suite will be hard to run with only 16 Mb of RAM, even the Xserver (window server) will have trouble running. I have an old 266mhz with 64MB of RAM, X and OpenOffice.org are pretty slow so most of the time machines as old as these can only run the console. But thats with the larger distrobutions, so your best bet is 1.) check to see if you can get more memory and 2.) get a small and old version of a distrobution (usually called a legacy project?)