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I'm new to linux, but nevertheless, i am building a "listening center" for a small store that lets people preview music before they buy the CD. I am making it by using a web of html sites with simple buttons to listen to certain songs. I'm using an old dell optiplex g1 from about 1999. (Pentium II MMX @400MHz, 96MB RAM).
I've tried installing mandrakelinux 10.0 using gnome. and it runs HORRIBLY slow and i cant even open a web browser without it freezing. What stuns me is that the same distribution + gnome ran great on on another computer (pentiumII MMX @ 350 MHz, 320MB RAM) but i later uninstalled it for windows xp pro because i couldn't get wine to run programs i needed.
so i'm a bit confused why its so slow
Can any of you recommend a fast distribution and a fast desktop environment thats good for my case. but still one with a easily navigate able GUI. The only program i need to run is mozilla firefox, and some type of media player that can run like a plug-in in firefox to play mp3 files.
96 megs of RAM is plenty for fluxbox, i'm using it now with 256 megs of RAM and its smooth. I would also agree though that slackware would be better than mandrake especially with a lightweight window manager.
i reinstalled mandrake, with gnome and kde, and when it asked for what window manager i liked i selected icewm. it starts up fast and runs smooth, but (please don't call me stupid) i see no icons on my desktop, from the menu on the task-bar, i can run programs fine, but how would store stuff in a folder, if there are no folders, and no way (as far as i see) to create any? I opened terminal, and used common commands like "cd /" and "dir" and i can navigate through my hard drive like that, but isn't there any GUI folders? i opened mozzilla that was pre-installed, and, a relief, the Internet works, and i typed "/" in the address bar and could visually see the contents of the hard drive, but not in a way i could like with gnome, kde, or windows, or am I just blind and missing something?
In case anyone else comes across this thread and is confused by IceWM at first:
a Window Manager is not a complete desktop environment like KDE or GNOME and doesn't provide a GUI file manager like those two do. Assuming you have KDE installed you could easily run the KDE file manager (konqueror) in ICEWM by typing 'konqueror' at a terminal.