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I'm new to both Linux and these forums, but I aim to learn and help when possible.
After researching Linux on the web, I found the local Linux guru in town and we had a talk. I walked out of his office with a copy of Red Hat 8.0 and a word of encouragement.
The next item of business was finding an old PC. I didn't want to risk losing any data on my main computer, which runs WinXP. I found an old 386 with a 4 gig IDE hard drive and 32.0 mb memory. After installing Red Hat 8.0, I noticed that my system specs were far under par. I had been using Gnome, but switched to Twm. Well, Twm sucks and the only thing I could do was bring up the X Terminal and learn a little bit through the info command.
I decided to look around for a lightweight distrobution and found Vector Linux 1.8.
I would post the url to the online Vector Linux directory, but apparently I have to wait until I post five times. Search for: "Index of /pub/linux/distributions/vectorlinux/veclinux-1.8 iso" on Google.com and it will be the first item.
I downloaded the ISO image: veclinux-1.8.iso (146.0 MB)
I burned to file to a CD and went cheerily back to the old 386. I change the BIOS to boot from CD ROM, pop the CD in, reboot and....