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I've got the following configuration and tried both FC2 and Mandrake 10.1 but both of them are very slow. Can anyone suggest a distro which will work properly but is easy to use and configure? I'm not really a fan of Fedora nor redhat but if they work fine then i won't mind. I need to have the same installation on 5 computers which is why, it should be easy to install and configure.
Intel P4 3.2GHz with HT
Intel(R) 82915G Express Chipset
80 GB SATA Drive
Sony DVD/CD-RW Combo drive
Its suppose to be a high performance linux distro. I have used it once and it works as they say (and looks pretty, and is easy to use). Note that there are so many linux distros that it could take a while to fit into the one thats perfect for you but try Yoper. Gentoo is it for me.
Your profile in your post says you're using Slack 10.1. If that's true you already know the answer to this question. Slack will run quick enough on that hardware configuration and is easy to install and configure for someone with experience with Slack.
I've been using Slack 10.1 for a couple of months now and it's really great. But my personal computer is an amd with nvidia chipset. I could get slack up and running in say, a half hour on mine with X and everything configured (atleast basic). But, right now, i'm supposed to be the admin for 5 computers here with the given specs. I want something that will give me "out of the box" support (atleast X). It's for people who have absolutely no experience with linux. They just need to browse. I'm downloading ubuntu live right now. I'll try Yoper as well. I don't think kernel 2.4 will work with SATA drives. I need something optimised for SATA and HT processors.
I think you should probably compile your own kernel. Personally I know of no distro which has HT-support in the stock kernel. But, if all 5 computers have the same setup then you only need to configure the kernel once. So that's a gonna make your setup rather easy.
There's a trick to make X work out of the box with any distro. Just download Kanotix LiveCD (which is a Knoppix clone, but IMHO much better) run it and save the XF86Config-4 file it generates. Kanotix generates excellent X configurations. If you're using xorg, then you might have to change a thing or two in the config file (most notably the keyboard driver from "keyboard" to "kbd"). And for the recommendation, I would say Archlinux. The distro is very fast and has good precompiled kernels.
Another thing you can do (i.e. if all computers are configured the same hardware-wise), is to install any distro on one computer, make it perfect, and then make a tarball out of it. Then you can just extract it on the other computers and save yourself a bunch of time.
No, Archlinux is a standalone distribution. It's just one I've tried lately and which I think shows alot of potential. It's relatively easy to configure, it's clean, and it runs fast. But if you're more comfortable with Slackware, then stick with that since you can, indeed, make use of the tarballs anyway. Pretty much all you need to do after extracting the tarballs is to edit the /etc/fstab files on all machines. That way you'll have no problems. Oh, and you have to reinstall your bootloader of course. But that's it. here's a gentoo "stage4" howto, that you might find useful....
if you are looking for the fastest then gentoo is a good option, only problem Is it would take a long time on 5 different computers, if they are all the same exact computers you could install on one and then copy the drives so you have 5 idential pcs. mandrake, suse, or fedora would be your best bet for that not so computer inclined person can surf the net day to day without asking millions of questions. (I know how you feel) A very last resort and I hate to say this would to be windows if your not going to be using it and don't care enough, as its super simple and any idiot can use it.
Originally posted by xaos5
if you are looking for the fastest then gentoo is a good option
Funny you should mention this; I'm discussing that over here, and frankly I'm not too sure whether gentoo really is (noticeably) faster than archlinux
It's not really harder to set up a linuxbox to use for surfing, than a winbox for the same stuff. All you need in linux is basically a working xorg.conf-file. When that's set you just need to emerge, or apt-get, or pacman, etc., firefox and your set to go. With Windows you'll have to make sure you have a firewall installed, not to mention an antivirus program. Besides from that, you'll need to defrag the HDD every now and then...
I'll try archlinux as well. It's only a question of time. I just can't seem to be finding time to do anything what with exams and assignments. Thanks a lot guys for your help. I'll try these as soon as i can and I'll put up my findings back here.
ArchLinux is a beautiful thing As for the HT with P4, just as long as you have SMPsupport in the kernel. 2.6 kernels see HT processors as 2 processors... As fot the SATA... I'm not sure, because I don't have any.. I do know that FreeBSD has a lot of SATA support.. and is also very very fast.. But I don't know if it would be what you're looking for in aspect of 'browsing' so maybe Arch would be it for you...
Use the full CD of Arch, and instal everything from the start.. it will make your life easier. You won't get a GUI logon from the get-go, but if you also have access to #archlinux IRC on FreeNode, we'd be glad to help.
After install do this:
'pacman -S hwd'
'pacman -S kde' (assuming you want a KDE desktop - will install KDE 3.4)
'echo "exec startkde" > ~/.xinitrc'
'cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf.hwd /etc/X11/xorg.conf'
That should boot you up to a nice KDE 3.4 desktop. Again.. feel free to ask in #archlinux.. and there's always the forums good luck!