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Old 04-22-2005, 07:45 PM   #1
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choosing distribution for old PC


Hello! I am looking to try Linux on an older PC. It is a Celeron 400MHz, 256MB RAM. So I need a distribution that will run acceptably on an old system like this, but will also be good for someone with no prior Linux/Unix experience. Any reccomendations? Thanks

P.S. I have tried Fedora Core 4, but the install wouldn't work for some reason.
 
Old 04-22-2005, 08:08 PM   #2
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If you don't mind doing some reading and printing out the guides,I would recommend slackware,here are two great guides;
http://www.bitbenderforums.com/vb22/...?postid=311808
http://www.slackware.com/install/
 
Old 04-22-2005, 08:12 PM   #3
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Vectorlinux (slackware-based) is the right distro for you.
 
Old 04-22-2005, 08:13 PM   #4
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Any Linux distribution will run fine. It's what you're going to run on top of it is what matters, applications that depend on resources, like X, Gnome, KDE, etc.. I'm a Slacker, so I recommend Slackware, too. Find one that you think you'll like, if you don't like it, download another one.
 
Old 04-22-2005, 08:22 PM   #5
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I think that, as a Windows user curious about linux, I would definitely want KDE or GNOME going. I have no idea what the difference is between those two, though.
 
Old 04-22-2005, 08:27 PM   #6
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I think that, as a Windows user curious about linux, I would definitely want KDE or GNOME going. I have no idea what the difference is between those two, though.
I wouldn't use either of those with the amount of RAM and CPU power you have, IMHO. You might want to try Fluxbox, Blackbox instead, and they should be included with the Linux distribution you chose to download. KDE is a resource hog, as is Gnome. Fluxbox and Blackbox are light weight. You'll get better performance out of one of those two.
 
Old 04-22-2005, 08:31 PM   #7
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OK, I think I'll be giving Slackware a shot.

I did take a look at the Vectorlinux website but I'm wary of the fact that so many things are only available in the deluxe version.
 
Old 04-22-2005, 10:40 PM   #8
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I know squat about Linux but when I was first testing out distros a week ago, I tried Damn Small Linux on a Celeron 400 w/64RAM and it ran like a hot damn - very fast.
 
Old 04-26-2005, 11:17 PM   #9
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OK, I think I'll be giving Slackware a shot.

I did take a look at the Vectorlinux website but I'm wary of the fact that so many things are only available in the deluxe version.
Just download the package from the corresponding slack release from the slackware website. Example: Vector 4.3 is Slack 9.1 compatible.

Trust me, for an older computer, Vector is it. It's what makes it usable , at a decend speed again. I run 2 computers on Vector, with the normal (not Deluxe) version.
 
Old 04-26-2005, 11:32 PM   #10
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So I had a change of heart and put on Damn Small Linux (HD install). I'm quite pleased with it; there are a few annoyances since it's meant as a LiveCD distribution but it runs really well. Win98 had toasted the computer to the point of hardware failure; it's now working just fine.
 
  


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