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Old 05-03-2007, 04:43 PM   #1
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GUI distro for older computers


Hi. My knowledge of linux is almost zero, and have none or little understanding of command line input.

I would like a easy to install version of linux , for internet use and playing the occasional cd. It need not be an all singing/dancing distro,or even the latest,just easy to install and get to grips with.

Machine specs. CPU-: AMD K6-2/500, Motherboard -: PC100 Super 7 (M598),Sound card -: Soundblaster ISA card, Graphics card -: PNY Verto GF FX5200 128mbDDR PCI, Memory -: 3 x PC100 128mb, Hard drive -:Seagate U series 5,10 Gbytes, Printer-: HP deskjet 845c, Internet connection proposed/shared via Belkin modem/router Can be wired/wireless.

I apologize if my terminology is wrong and if I have waffled on to much.

Many thanks for reading this post,my first. Edward (ews)
 
Old 05-03-2007, 04:47 PM   #2
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Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Mandriva, etc. Stick with something basic right now. For more distros-check out Distrowatch.com. Your computer is fine for almost any distro believe it or not-Linux goes both ways. Windows requires more and more with every edition it gets, and Linux can either make it bigger or smaller. I.e., there is PCLinuxOS or Linspire that are bloated, and then there is DSL (Damn Small Linux), Austrumi, and Puppy that are all under 70mbs.
 
Old 05-03-2007, 10:29 PM   #3
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You can try Slackware. It run good on old PCs.
 
Old 05-03-2007, 11:22 PM   #4
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If you really want to play around and just learn about linux then Slackware is a good choice and will run on that hardware.

Same goes for Debian.

ArchLinux should run as well, but it is slightly more "non-standard" as far as configuration goes.

Zenwalk is stemmed from Slackware with more of a lightweight desktop focus and is a good little distro in its own right.

DSL (Damn Small Linux) is another very lightweight desktop, the lightest of the five I've mentioned.
 
Old 05-04-2007, 12:41 AM   #5
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Well, if your knowledge of Linux is close to zero, I do recommend sticking with one of the "entry level" distros, at least for now: (K)ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, Mandriva, ...
 
Old 05-04-2007, 05:54 AM   #6
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Vector Linux is another possibility.
 
Old 05-04-2007, 05:57 AM   #7
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Yes, Slack and Debian are great for older computers, but not for people new to Linux. You probably aren't ready to set that up yet.
 
Old 05-04-2007, 06:57 AM   #8
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Mandriva should meet your need, as you don't know Linux well. For your information, I've just installed the latest Mandriva 2007.1 ("Spring") on a Cyrix 266MHz PC with 128MB RAM and 4GB hard disk.
Install went OK. Usage too.

However, with such a small config, I advise against KDE.
I don't quite get if you have 128MB RAM or 3x128=384MB RAM. In the latter case Gnome is fine, else you may have to turn to Xfce or IceWM (other window managers).

I realize you're not familiar with Linux. In Linux, very roughly speaking, you have a core command-line interface-based system with many commands available (sort of like DOS but infinitely more powerfull), and a graphical layer on top of that (sort of like Windows), where the "window manager" manages (move, resize, close, iconify...) the windows (graphical applications) and provides a desktop with icons, buttons, a menu (like "Start" in Windows)...
Unlike Windows, which does not let you choose your window manager (the "explorer" process) (not 100% true, but anyway...), Linux allows you to choose the window manager that best fits your hardware and your preferences.

When you're more familiar with Linux, you may want to switch to a Linux distribution more suited to your hardware, such as Damn Small Linux (DSL), which has the advantage of being able to use the large library of software available for Debian.

Yves.

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Old 05-04-2007, 10:29 AM   #9
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This might be confusing for poor ews

It is maybe a slightly more difficult choice then a newbie with a newer machine faces.
The most user friendly setups uses the KDE or Gnome GUIs. But on an old machine you want something lighter, like Xfce or IceWM.

I haven't tried either of those light ones, but they tend to get good reviews. Also you want a distro that can install these light GUIs from the install program.

There is a wizard to help you choose here: http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/

All the big ones should give you at least the option to choose Xfce (OpenSuse, Fedora, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Mandriva). Slackware and VectorLinux might have too much text editor based configuration for your taste (after the main installation is done).
 
Old 05-04-2007, 10:44 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by theYinYeti
However, with such a small config, I advise against KDE.
I don't quite get if you have 128MB RAM or 3x128=384MB RAM. In the latter case Gnome is fine, else you may have to turn to Xfce or IceWM (other window managers).
Yves.
It all depends, I used to run Kubuntu with only 256mb of RAM, so it can be done, its just a little slow.

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Old 05-04-2007, 10:47 AM   #11
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I've a similar machine and found the likes of openSuse, Mandriva, pcLinuxOS, Ubuntu, Kubuntu and even Xubuntu too bloated. I eventually settled on MEPISLite (based on SimplyMEPIS 3) with Vector SOHO a close second.
 
Old 05-04-2007, 10:47 AM   #12
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If he has 384 megs of RAM, then KDE and GNOME will both run just fine. If he has only 128 megs of RAM, then KDE and GNOME will work well only on vaguely efficient distributions, like Debian.
 
Old 05-05-2007, 09:29 PM   #13
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many time XFce is preferred as light desktop enviorment.
 
Old 05-05-2007, 10:20 PM   #14
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you should try Xubuntu, DSL, Puppy Linux, SLAX(has kde but runs very fast), I wouldnt suggest Slackware or Debian for a newbie
 
Old 05-07-2007, 05:45 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by AceofSpades19
I wouldnt suggest Slackware or Debian for a newbie
Wow! You're optimistic, aren't you?
 
  


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