What is a good distro for a low end small harddrive?
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What is a good distro for a low end small harddrive?
My dad wants to use openoffice on a computer. That is all that he needs it for. He has a pentium 133MHZ w/ a 500 or so MB Hard Drive. What is a good distro that will support open office and still fit and run decently on such a computer?
Open Office is relatively big. Regardless to the amount of RAM you might have, it will take ages to open in that machine. I've OpenOffice running in a 2GHZ and it still slow.
Does your father use all Office packages or only Word? Because if that's the case, Abiword does a very good job. 500 megas will be pretty tough though, specially if you want to run Open Office and printing tools as cups, they are also big :S.
Slackware w/ small window manager-- it needs to be simple enough for him to use. Also i have no experience with slack, but i do have access to slack disks so maybe? I just need to know how long it will take to install and if it will be easy enough for him to use.
Feather linux/DSL - I have used Damn Small Linux before and first off a HD install of DSL is not a real install it still acts as if it is booting from the CD and asks all the questions. Feather linux i've never used but he needs a word processor that can save in .doc and .sxw (or w/e open office uses).
Feather Linux sounds like it may be what I need. But does it ask questions about things like the mouse and which Xserver and stuff?
Can abiword open openoffice documents?
PS I just orderd turbolinux workstation 6.0...it meets the requirements but idk about open office or harddrive space...does anyone else know?
okay, the above was a joke... well, sorta... lol...
but seriously, about slackware being simple enough for your dad to use:
how simple a distro is for the "user" depends more on the system's "administrator" than on the distro...
you, as root, are what can make your dad's system a wonderful experience, or a terrible nightmare...
what i mean is: you could install slackware, mandrake, fedora, or whatever distro and even though the experience for you as the "administrator" would change, the experience for the "user" would many times remain the same... the "user" doesn't need to be dealing with any configuration/administration issues that would vary between distros... the "user" just wants to "use" the computer's applications...
slackware 9.1's installer is text-based, but it's VERY EASY and VERY GOOD (at auto-configuring your hardware, for example)...
you could also use something like deli-linux, which would let you have a complete system in under 300 megabytes... it's slackware-based and made specially for old computers like your dad's:
"DeLi Linux stands for "Desktop Light" Linux. It is a Linux Distribution for old computers, from 486 to Pentium MMX 166 or so. It's focused on desktop usage. It includes email clients, graphical web browser, an office package with word processor and spreadsheet, and so on. A full install, including XFree and development tools, needs not more than 300 MB of harddisk space."
yes i know it says the open office install would suck...but i've ran the same version of open office on a 486DX2 66MHz w/ 16MB ram and it ran fine...so i figure it would do the same. I have delilinux on a disk now....i installed it and it tells me to reboot but then it only boots to a command prompt??? what is the next step (yes i took the CD out btw)
alright...i found out what to do...I need to install gui packages from the CD but how do i get to the CD? ther is a /cdrom and a /mnt/cdrom and neither contains the cd files...
Last edited by vdogvictor; 04-09-2004 at 12:43 AM.