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Hi! I am new to linux, and I installed Linux Mandrake 9.1 on my machine, running KDE. My computer was really slow. Anyhow, here are my specifications, so I was wondering if anyone could tell me which distribution they suggest, with whichever graphic display, thanx!
Compaq Presario 1235
12.1 inch HPA with a NeoMagic128 suppling 2 Megs of power with 800x600 resolution.
1) Assuming I upgrade my PC by 64 RAm (It's about 30 $), ending up with 96 MB of Ram, would I be able to actually run Mandrake with KDE with considerable speed? In short, is it worth it will my system specifications still tear me down?
2) From all the low system req distributions, is there anyone that is recommended, has a graphical install or is basically easy enough to install?
To give you a direct suggestion. Try Vector Linux and use xfce3 (or 4) as your desktop environment. Vector is based off of Slackware but is geared for the x486 to slow PII market. Because it is based on Slack though, you will get a more stable and personally tweakable distro. (note, grab Vector 3.2 not the SOHO version)
XFce3 and XFce4 are designed to provide a full desktop environment for PCs with low resources. XFce4 uses GTK2 whereas version 3 uses GTK1.2. The official 4.0 release is due mid August. They have been working on RC3 now for a little while and it is very stable and usable.
I have this combination on a old P166 and it runs well. I don't know if you would gain much with the memory upgrade. I would suggest trying this and if things run too slow for you then give the upgrade a try. You should have good results with this combo though.
Hope this helps.... Let us know how things work out.
Vector Linux looks awesome and all, but I am having a problem. I have installed mandrake linux, but I keep getting asked to partition my drive. What utility, or file should I use in order to wipe clean my hard drive and create a swap partition? Unlike other installers, Vector Linux doesn't actual make the partition and such, it searches for ones that are already there.