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Old 03-09-2008, 03:27 PM   #1
Tamadrummer
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New To Linux: Help Choosing Distribution


Ok I am new here and was referred to your operating system by a friend at a drum forum I am a moderator at. My wife's computer crashed and I did not have the windows xp disc to recover it so I used my cd from my computer. But the darn thing wanted me to activate it. I tried and was told to call those evil Microsoft people. I tried to tell them what happened and those jerks accused me of trying to pirate their operating system. I tried to tell them that all I did was try to recover an existing system and they said I had to remove the windows and buy a new copy. So instead of buying a new copy of it I decided to try what my buddy sad and try Linux. Here is my stats
Pentium 2 (stop laughing)
446 MHZ
128 Megs of ram (stop laughing I said)
previous system was Windows XP 2002 service pack 2.

I also have limited computer knowledge but can do some things. What particular Linux should I go with? Is it user friendly for us folks who are not computer geniuses? Remember please I am a welder and a drummer not a computer tech.
 
Old 03-09-2008, 03:37 PM   #2
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Wow, XP must have really crawled on your system I would suggest getting something like Xubuntu or Ubuntu or Mepis or even Debian - they can all be made more lightweight and are easy to use systems. I would also suggest installing more RAm if possible as that will help with your system.

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Old 03-09-2008, 03:38 PM   #3
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Okay ... so someone has convinced you to go to Linux because it is free.

One question I will have to ask is what applications are required ... I ask this because sometimes there is no equivalent Linux application used in a Windows environment ... or a similar application may not be something visually/operationally the same.

Some people who have converted from Windows make complaints like this.
 
Old 03-09-2008, 03:56 PM   #4
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Okay ... so someone has convinced you to go to Linux because it is free.

One question I will have to ask is what applications are required ... I ask this because sometimes there is no equivalent Linux application used in a Windows environment ... or a similar application may not be something visually/operationally the same.

Some people who have converted from Windows make complaints like this.


Not only free but also because I can get ACTUAL support for almost any issue that may come up. Also the Xp I find is somewhat unstable even on my computer.
My Needs are simple... I need to get on the internet, so I have used Firefox for years and hope to find something compatible with it. I also use Zone Alarm as a firewall and AVG Antivirus. Also the kids use that computer for their homework so I need something like wordpad and perhaps a paint type program. The computer does not have a cd burner but mine does so I need to burn it here then use the disc on the other one. Do I need a certain burner package or use the Windows media player?
 
Old 03-09-2008, 03:59 PM   #5
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And a word of support you hadn't asked for: :}

It's "bear with me", not "bare with me". At least I hope you weren't
inviting people to nudity around here.



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Old 03-09-2008, 04:11 PM   #6
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And a word of support you hadn't asked for: :}

It's "bear with me", not "bare with me". At least I hope you weren't
inviting people to nudity around here.



Cheers,
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What you folks don't do nude computing?

I was just informed by my son that I need to be able to have MSN instant messenger as well.
 
Old 03-09-2008, 04:11 PM   #7
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I doubt WMP will burn an iso image. Imgburn will and it works nicely.
http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail...n/1128426215/1

MiniMe (pclos), Sam, Vector, Zenwalk, Elive, and Goblin are a few light-weight distros that will work. You can read up on them and more at www.distrowatch.com. Some distros offer a Kde light version that would work well. Sidux comes to mind.

Guarddog and Firestarter are two popular firewalls.

Antivirus is not needed. There are linux versions available if you feel you should scan email. Window's virus have no affect on linux operating systems.

There are fine graphics and word processing programs available. OpenOffice, Abiword, and Koffice are some.
 
Old 03-09-2008, 04:12 PM   #8
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For your system I would recommend .... Xubuntu ... though you will get other suggestions.

Xubuntu is based on Ubuntu but uses the XFCE Window Manager instead of Gnome.
It is a lightweight Window Manager.

Since this is based on Xubuntu there are a number of packages available and the Ubuntu support is vast.
 
Old 03-09-2008, 04:19 PM   #9
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If I were down in your neck of the woods, I'd buy a bushel of tomatoes, then pop by your house, and I'd have Slackware with Fluxbox up and running in about 90 minutes.

However, I'm 4 hours north of you, and after yesterday's storm, I really don't feel like making the trip...

Anyways, as XavierP has suggested, Xubuntu is probably your best bet (from experience, Ubuntu struggles to install on anything less than 256 ram, and 512 would be preferable.)

For an idea as to how difficult/easy your setup and install may be, download live cds for Xubuntu, Slax, and a couple of others: Puppy Linux & DSL (though DSL can be *difficult* to install on the HD), and give them all a shot. This way, you'll be exposed to a few different 'looks', and it may help you with your decision.

edit: I see a bunch of others have chimed in since I started crafting this response - as far as MSN is concerned, there are a few IMs for Linux: Pidgin, Kopete, aMSN...

cheers,

Last edited by mrclisdue; 03-09-2008 at 04:21 PM.
 
Old 03-09-2008, 04:28 PM   #10
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Oh so you know of Tomato town then mr.clisdue? Thanks for the suggestions. Folks this is a great forum.
 
Old 03-09-2008, 04:51 PM   #11
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I don't think Ubuntu or Xubuntu will work well on such low powered machine if at all, try Debian, Slackware, DSL, Puppy and the like. Pick a window manager other than GNOME or KDE, these are too bloated for your machine. XFCE is still bloated but a bit less. Use something like IceWM or Fluxbox, they will work a lot better.
 
Old 03-09-2008, 07:41 PM   #12
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Moderator Note: I've edited your title to something a little more descriptive and tells members what this thread is actually about. Please try to pick more descriptive titles in the future when creating threads. Thanks.
 
Old 03-10-2008, 09:00 PM   #13
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Moderator Note: I've edited your title to something a little more descriptive and tells members what this thread is actually about. Please try to pick more descriptive titles in the future when creating threads. Thanks.

Well thanks for that. I have no idea even what the lingo is in these parts. However ask me to a flam tap with a middle inverted paradiddle followed by double stroke roll at 160bpm and you are in my alley. It was a pure accident I found this forum. It is amazing what you can find when you google Linux and read the whole article. lol
 
Old 03-10-2008, 10:19 PM   #14
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Heh. Glad you see the humour in both tricky's and my activities; I'd hate
to think that we put you off of not only this forum but potentially Linux!

:}


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 03-11-2008, 05:16 PM   #15
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Heh. Glad you see the humour in both tricky's and my activities; I'd hate
to think that we put you off of not only this forum but potentially Linux!

:}


Cheers,
Tink
I run a drum forum for a major drum head manufacturer as a the Moderator. There are over 6,000 members from across the world. I deal with everything from Jazz artists to snot nosed little brats to 14 year old female prodigy to know it all cyber bullies who think that they are the best thing to drums since the invention of the stick. A good sense of humor is a necessary thing when it comes to any form of forum moderating. Trust me I need this forum and everyone here to get my dinosaur I mean wifes computer up and running.
Any idea if this KNOPPIX is good for my experience and computer needs? I also heard that LINUX has printer driver issues is this true?
 
  


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