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Old 09-24-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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Smile Looking for Linux distro advice


Hello all,

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

I plan on learning Linux on it and use it to get up to speed with programming (C, C++, Java, XML, HTML, JavaScript, other web stuff, database programming, command line scripting, etc.), networking stuff, and have some fun (listen to music, watch DVDs, play games that the box can handle). I don't have money to spend on upgrades for it so, for now it will remain in the as-is state.

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.

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Old 09-24-2011, 07:45 PM   #2
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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.
 
Old 09-24-2011, 08:12 PM   #3
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Pentium 4 machines are workhorses. You can run any distro you like on that hardware.

Here's a good comparison of the top 10: http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major
 
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:14 PM   #4
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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.
 
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:15 PM   #5
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Many thanks guys. I'll grab slack and Ubuntu since I have enough drive space.

@Snowpine: The link to the Top 10, in review format with Pros and Cons, helped a lot.

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