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Old 03-10-2011, 04:04 PM   #1
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Easiest to use linux distro for i486


hey, i was just wondering what linux distro (in your opiniion) is the easiest to use for a new user like myself. I currently use Zenwalk, which isn't bad but i hope there is something easier to use out there
 
Old 03-10-2011, 04:11 PM   #2
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antiX_M8.5_i486 or
CrunchBang-10-i486
(just click on the i486 links)

are both Debian-based, which I feel is "easier" than Slackware-derived distros. I, too, like Zenwalk, but Debian is easier for me.

Both have great forums, too.

http://ftp.cc.uoc.gr/mirrors/linux/
downloads

About #!

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Old 03-10-2011, 04:38 PM   #3
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Why not Debian itself?
 
Old 03-10-2011, 06:39 PM   #4
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Why not Debian itself?
That's what I'd be installing. It has a 486 kernel option.
 
Old 03-10-2011, 07:07 PM   #5
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ive only used ubuntu mepis fedora, and just to peek, plop, dsl, knoppix, and gpartedLive. --ubuntu won out for me.
 
Old 03-10-2011, 09:26 PM   #6
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Unless someone has to mess with setting up non-free hardware, such as Broadcom wireless, I would recommend Debian over Ubuntu. I have found Ubuntu to be most reliable, but I am tiring of Canonical's what looks like efforts to make it Appli-licious. Debian is rock solid.

For ease of use for a new user, Mint is also highly recommended. CentOS, for all its rep as a server OS, is also very easy to set up and get running.

I started with Slackware. I'm glad I did. But I didn't have to deal with Broadcom wireless.

To the OP: If you ask 10 Linux users what distro they recommend, you are guaranteed at least 17 recommendations.
 
Old 03-10-2011, 11:17 PM   #7
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vector linux

i have been looking around and vector linux looks easy to use (or at least, it claims) i was wondering if anyone has any thoughts about it. also i looked at debian but could not find an i486 type processor option, could you please post the link to help me find it?

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Old 03-11-2011, 01:14 AM   #8
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i have been looking around and vector linux looks easy to use (or at least, it claims) i was wondering if anyone has any thoughts about it. also i looked at debian but could not find an i486 type processor option, could you please post the link to help me find it?
If you like KDE, go for it! I couldn't stand Konqueror.
If I say Salix, some @$$ will say, "Why not Slackware?" So I won't (lol)
 
Old 03-11-2011, 08:02 AM   #9
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i have been looking around and vector linux looks easy to use (or at least, it claims) i was wondering if anyone has any thoughts about it.
I used Vector on a low-spec machine (a 586, though, rather than a 486): like Zenwalk, it's another Slackware derivative which may mean that it shares the features you dislike about Zenwalk, but which will also mean that some of the knowledge you've acquired with Zenwalk will come in handy. Went pretty well on my old box, as I recall.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 03-11-2011, 08:12 AM   #10
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If you want to stick with a Slackware base, SalixOS is very nice.

Debian is my personal favorite distro, having hardware that requires non-free drivers can be a pain when installing it though.

Mint is good if you're looking for *very* user friendly.

PCLinuxOS is a heavy fork of Mandriva that I enjoyed very much.
 
Old 03-11-2011, 02:17 PM   #11
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Well i tried to install vector linux last night. Unfortunately, the installer pretty much froze and i could hear a wierd clicking and buzzing inside the machine. Assuming the installer is to blame, a link to debian (i486) would be nice since it looks alright. as well, i did like the look and feel of pinguy OS and Mint, but both would not run my fans on my old laptops. if there are any distros similiar to that but in i486, that would be greatly appreciated
 
Old 03-11-2011, 03:05 PM   #12
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, a link to debian (i486) would be nice since it looks alright.
Here's a basic link with various options. My advice would be to choose the DVD as it has the full install, the CD is very basic and may cause you some frustration.

I personally use jigdo but it can take some setting up, torrent has never worked for me with Debian, so http might be your best bet.
 
Old 03-11-2011, 04:19 PM   #13
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Best to post your hardware specifications. Do you have a k5/k6 or PI box? If so, some of the suggestions made by others above won't work as those distros only use a 'modern' 686 kernel.
 
Old 03-11-2011, 06:13 PM   #14
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Best to post your hardware specifications. Do you have a k5/k6 or PI box? If so, some of the suggestions made by others above won't work as those distros only use a 'modern' 686 kernel.
Debian has the 486 kernel on the same disk as the 686 kernel.
 
Old 03-11-2011, 07:04 PM   #15
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Here's a basic link with various options. My advice would be to choose the DVD as it has the full install, the CD is very basic and may cause you some frustration.

I personally use jigdo but it can take some setting up, torrent has never worked for me with Debian, so http might be your best bet.
and in addition to that, http being the best solution, get the firefox addon DownThemAll! and give it the debian dvd you download and some md5sum to make sure that if you leave your comp on all night you get the right iso and not some corrupted stuff...
 
  


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