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Just registered and a first time poster. I am curious about Linux as I have heard so much about it. What i want to do is reformat an old computer (Pentium with MMX 233 Mhz and 6.5 GB HD - Win2000 Pro) and just put Linux on it to play around with it. Limited, I know, but doing just to see what it is like and get a feel for it.
My questions are: 1). Can I do the reformat and just have Linux on it and 2). any idea which Linux to use for this purpose?
I am running a similar setup. Currently I have a dual-boot with Windows95 and Linux on the same computer, but in your case I would recommend reformatting the HD and going only Linux. I use Minislack as my distro, but it is now Zenwalk. That is Slackware based and the learning curve might be a little steep if you are new to Linux. You don't want to run the newer versions of KDE or GNOME since they will hog all your system resources. Look for an old distro (such as RH9) or a smaller distro. You might try Xubuntu. You probably want to use XFCE so look for a distro that has that as the window manager.