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Can anyone reccomend a distro with X that would run decently on an old IBM aptiva with a P233mmx and 64mb ram?
I'm looking for something that would allow me to run open office, firefox and a cd burning app. Preferably something that a newbie could install (and I doubt if my skills are advanced enough to do slackware)
(and I doubt if my skills are advanced enough to do slackware)
I would suggest an earlier version of Slackware.. Maybe 8.1 or 9.0. When I first started trying Linux, I tried RedHat,
Debian, etc... But I ended up installing Slackware. (It's not really as hard aI've heard people say.)
I installed Slackware 8.1 with X-Windows support on an old P133MHz with 32 MB RAM, and with FluxBox as
my windowmanager, I think the result was very good. I installed an old CR-RW drive in that machine, and with
CDRoast and XCDRoast (I think that was it), I could actually do some burning. (Not very fast though.. 2x or 4x max.)
I think OpenOffice will be hard work in 64Mb. I just started it up and X and OO together already use about 100Mb. For a word processor Abiword is more economical, taking about 12Mb on startup vs about 50Mb for OO.
I've been playing with several PII 266 mhz systems lately (acer). I've also tried several distros with them to try and get the best new user experience with minimal setup problems. I tried Mandrake 10 with text install, slack 10, gentoo and knoppix. The one I found that worked the best was Vector Linux. It's based on slackware, but has some some good config tools. The install disk is about 360 MB. It gives you a choice of several x window managers including icewm (which IMHO is the best combination of features vs size) It has its own package manager but also gives you the opportunity to install swaret and add the slackware mirrors to its config files. Easier setup than DSL (again IMHO )
Yes. I almost forgot. He beat me to it. You should probably try Vector too, maybe even before you try Slackware. It'll setup a whole lot faster (and smoother) than Slack, giving you a quick way to test the speed of the machine under Linux.