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Old 01-21-2006, 05:51 AM   #1
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Best dist(s) for an old PC


Hey people! I got a PC with this configuration:

P3 700Mhz, 64Mb RAM, 8Mb Video, 4GB of HD available for Linux.

I would like to know which ones are the best dists for this kind of computer...?

I know I can get a 2-DVDs Suse for ex. and choose to install just a few things, but isn't there anyone already made for modest and compact computers?

Thanks!

Edit: Probably the BIOS is not that new so I need to make a /boot under the first sectors?

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Old 01-21-2006, 07:35 AM   #2
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SuSE is certanly not the one to use on that PC.

Possible distros to try: Debian, Slackware, Damn Small Linux, Knoppinx, Vector Linux, ...
 
Old 01-21-2006, 07:46 AM   #3
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Your PC isn't that old....
There isn't enough memory to run SuSE or any of the big distributions. Slackware or Vector are good choices. Using a windows manager like fluxbox would be beter then KDE or Gnome.

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Old 01-21-2006, 08:02 AM   #4
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Right, but do you think it is better to use Vector or it will be fast enough using Slackware?
 
Old 01-21-2006, 09:13 AM   #5
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Either would work... Vector is based on Slack.
 
Old 01-21-2006, 09:15 AM   #6
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i run freebsd and gentoo on two pc's like that. ive also run arch on a pc like that. they ran/run like pros. give em a try.
 
Old 01-21-2006, 09:42 AM   #7
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I give advice:

Use slackware. why? because with that distro, you will learn linux completely other than distro.
With manual configuration learning you will advancing experience of computering skill (o course that depend on you).

So with only that specific you have you will learn and not playing anymore ^_^
 
Old 01-21-2006, 11:02 AM   #8
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SimplyMepis, DSL, Puppy, Ubuntu, knoppixlite, slackware, debian, many others.
http://distrowatch.com
 
Old 01-21-2006, 12:49 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by vaporizel
I give advice:

Use slackware. why? because with that distro, you will learn linux completely other than distro.
With manual configuration learning you will advancing experience of computering skill (o course that depend on you).

So with only that specific you have you will learn and not playing anymore ^_^
I thank you for your advice but the problem is that I need to find one that fits in that old PC.

Quote:
Originally Posted by michaelk
Either would work... Vector is based on Slack.
I visited the website and yes, Vector is based on Slack, but it is more "compact" as it is shown. So my question persists: do I need to use Vector, a very-compacted slackware, or the PC would be enough for the secound one?

Quote:
Originally Posted by ctkroeker
SimplyMepis, DSL, Puppy, Ubuntu, knoppixlite, slackware, debian, many others.
http://distrowatch.com
I don't use slackware for a looooong time but, would Debian really fit in an old PC, better than any other dist? And I really dislike it...I think the people who made Debian still didn't learn how to deal with the packages in the installation to make it successfull... *thumbs down Debian*

The others, I have not knowleadge.

Thank you all!
 
  


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