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Sup everyone. Im new to the forumns here. Im planning on installing linux on my old 555 mghz e-machine in order to learn the ins and outs. As of now the only comp im using is my grandparents laptop running Windows ME and using AOL for an ISP. ME crashes constantly, partly due to bad maintenance and partly do to the fact that ME just sucks. But i wont be using linux on this machine anyways so it doesnt matter. I plan to remove the Windows 98 OS and replace it with some version of linux(not sure which yet) on my e-machine.
I would appreciate some info on the different nix's out there and your opinions of them.
Last edited by sexy_pe/\/guin; 12-30-2003 at 04:06 PM.
Umm, I think next time, you should use a more appropriate topic name
Well, I'm not really sure your knowledge of computers.
But I assume you know a fair bit, so I suggest Slackware, however if you don't know much, I would try out Mandrake, SuSE, Red Hat, or another distrobution which prepares you for the deep end
I would have to say Red Hat or Mandrake may be best for a leap into Linux. Its extremely easy to install with very little if no extra configuration of hardware to get things up and running and they have a lot of gui for the beginning of your journey to enlightenment. Both will give you a easy environment to get use to the linux environment.
However, if you feel you want to just jump right in a leave the M$ world behind, go with Slack. Its a great distro but it doesn't come with a lot of gui applets, or at least not as many as RH or Drake, and it may require some configuraton to get your hardware to work as you want it. And if you desire to really learn linux, Slack will teach you a lot.
btw, if your going to make the switch and still use the internet through linux, your gonna wanna switch isp's. AOL, from what I know, can't connect through linux because it needs the proprietary software to connect, and watta you know, they don't make it for linux. Though there is some program called pengaol which might work, havent tried. Yah I have a cs2000 account and figured it out the hard way -_-
Distribution: Mac OS 10.7 / CentOS 6(servers) / xubuntu 13.04
First off welcome to the forums.. second off I would say to go with Fedora Core 1, you can download it at www.linuxiso.org if you want to go with Mandrake, SUSE, Red Hat, or pretty much any of the other common distros you will find what you are looking for at www.linuxiso.org
For AOL, AOL sucks no matter what.. even if they support linux I would say get you a different ISP...
Originally posted by dragoon linux btw, if your going to make the switch and still use the internet through linux
I wasnt really planning on connecting to the internet with it, maybe sometime in the future but I just wanted to get comfortable with it first, you know just play with it. See what I can learn. I know it is said linux is good for running a server. Well I have never done that and I don't plan to yet, all im interested in now is learning the commands and getting as comfortable with it as i can. Im a total newb when it comes to comps, I've never even built one but I figure you gotta start somehwere and getting to know linux seems like a good start. Eventually I plan on learning to program in linux.
Last edited by sexy_pe/\/guin; 12-30-2003 at 10:56 PM.
i tried RedHat and got pretty lost, plus it didn't work well on my 500mhz pc...i use SuSE now...it works great...easy to use, easy to learn with...Knoppix is also pretty cool too, it runs from a CD and never touches the harddrive...mandrake is also great for newbies too...