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Hey, I am newish to the linux world. I have an older computer that got formatted out that I would like to put Linux on, It is an old celeron 600 with 64 megs of ram (planning to up this it'll accept more) and onboard video. I was wondering, what distribution would be best that would run fairly smoothly, and be easy to use for someone who is just getting into learning the basics?
This gets asked all the time -- use the forum search function and check the distributions forum to see what others have said on this topic. You can also check out www.distrowatch.com to get an overview of your various choices.
One piece of advice I will give you is to avoid a heavyweight window manager like KDE or Gnome. 64 MB is just not enough to run the modern versions of either (you could run an older version, but they tend to be more buggy, and most distros include something newer). My knee-jerk response for you is to try Damn Small Linux, which is a LiveCD, and see how it works on your hardware. I've only ever run it once, so I can't say much more than to try it out.
Upgrading your RAM would definitely be a good idea -- try to go for 256 MB if possible.
[Edit to answer your second question]
Yes, that's perfectly possible -- do a forum search and a google on dual booting.
Distribution: OpenSuse 10.2, Slackware 11, Solaris 10
I think you should use slackware (Either 9.1, or 10), with some light window manager such as FLubox, cause I think Gnome/KDe would cause a few problems
The Good thing is that slackware comes with a load of lightweight window manager
What Id really like to do is throw the hard drive in my main box, and dual boot it on a slave hard drive. I just dont want to risk screwing up my windows drive somehow.. Ill look into it and see what works best I guess. It seems that the other box is pretty much on it's last legs. I tried throwing some ram in and it went insane