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Distribution: Testing Ubuntu/XUbuntu/KUbuntu 12.04, Mint 13 (all flavors)
Looking for Linux distro advice
I just inherited my neighbor's clunker box. The PC has the following:
- P4 (Northwood) 2.4Ghz CPU
- 1GB of RAM
- Nvidia GeForce2 MX/MX 400 video card
- 180GB hard drive (IDE)
- USB 2.0 and Firewire
- CD Burner
- DVDROM drive
- floppy drive (yep this box is old)
- Broadcom 440x 10/100 on-board Ethernet adapter
- on-board AC97 audio support
- Asus motherboard
Is there a Linux distribution that would be best suited to learning the OS, programming, and networking? I suspect that the three goals listed above might be conflicting in certain ways. Any other advice for a tech savvy Linux newbie?
Thanks in advance.
Edit: my bad... I intended to post this in the distro forum. As newbie questions go my questions are probably annoying to some. Just point me in the right direction. The sooner I get up to speed the sooner I can possibly contribute to the Linux Questions community.
With a machine like that and your goals it seems to me a perfect candidate for Slackware (may be using XFCE, if KDE is not fast enough). Not easy to begin with, but you will learn a lot, it comes with programming tools, libraries and programs you need for different kind of servers (Apache, MySQL, ...) by default.
if it's your first time using linux i would recommend linux mint. It's based on ubuntu. you can learn a lot from it. i think that meets the system requirements exactly dead on. once you've gotten used to it you could move on to more difficult distros.