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Old 07-21-2004, 04:46 AM   #1
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Fastest Distro for my old comp


Hi, I have an old comp and is thinking about getting Linux on it, just to learn and try things out. I am a complete Linux newbie. So which distro would run fast on a machine with spec as below? I have looked at a lot of the distro reviews here and also checked out each distro's site. And I think Slackware seems to be the best pick, except that it is probably not the best pick for a newbie. Anyway, any recommendations are appreciated.

I've tried SUSE 9.1 but it seems to be a bit slow, maybe it is because of KDE as some posts have suggested? maybe I should try ICEWM? if I use ICEWM, do I still have access to all the "k" softwares that comes with KDE?

Probably Gentoo, I dont mind compiling kernels since I've done that once, so it cant hurt that much.

My comp spec:
Intel P2 450MHz
128 SDRAM
12Gig HD
Riva TNT Graphic Card
Vortex2 Sound Card

that's about it.

Thanks guys!

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Old 07-21-2004, 05:10 AM   #2
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I have read many good reviews on Vector Linux for performance and stability. Problem is that it might not be for the linux newbie. Don't really know what to tell you except to get yourself a new PC.
 
Old 07-21-2004, 06:51 AM   #3
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Those specs aren't bad.
Slack or Vector would be no problem.
Slack comes with more stuff, Vector installs really easy.
When it come down to brass tacks though, it's the gui
that's going to determine your speed.
 
Old 07-21-2004, 08:08 AM   #4
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Use Slackware with Fluxbox!

And try compiling mplayer, it's said to be very fast also on slow cpus.
 
Old 07-21-2004, 08:29 AM   #5
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thanks guys. I think I'll use Slackware, but not yet, maybe wait till they come with 2.6 kernel (something to do with my sound card).
 
Old 07-21-2004, 08:49 AM   #6
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Dude, this is quite a respectable box as far as linux is concerned. I have MDK10 on a P3 450 and a P3 550 (both of which were p2 350's until recently) and the BIG box is a P3 700.

This is heaps for any linux distro, so I'd go with mandrake 10 as soon as any of them.
 
Old 07-21-2004, 09:31 AM   #7
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really? I find it runs slower than Win2k, my previous OS on the same comp....maybe I am wrong
 
Old 07-21-2004, 03:33 PM   #8
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Heh. Win2K? That's "Very" slow.....
 
Old 07-21-2004, 05:12 PM   #9
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I have run Mandrake with Enlightenment (which is very beautiful and <i>very</i> different), Firefox, Abiword, Xmms, Evolution on a machine like yours, only 500 MHz without any hitches.
Well, except one: I still get seasick when Enlightenment scrolls between screens.
 
Old 07-21-2004, 05:56 PM   #10
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Enlightenment rocks!
I'm holding out for the new one. (dr17 or whatever)
 
Old 07-21-2004, 08:54 PM   #11
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I find mdk 9.x and 10 quite okay on most machines from p2 350 up with plenty of ram. Might have to make sure you don't have too many services and things running in the background.
 
Old 07-21-2004, 08:55 PM   #12
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Oh, that's with KDE, don't know about gnome.
 
  


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