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The documentation I have found says that it has an Intel Xeon processor, support for up to 16GB of DDR2 ram, and some pretty respectable graphics for day-to-day tasks (although too old for most modern games). It should be able to run most modern distros rather fluidly, depending on your configuration. I suggest a Debian or Ubuntu if you a beginner, but if you are experienced with Linux or you think you have what it takes, I suggest Gentoo Linux for this particular machine.
Last edited by TheBatmanKiller; 02-12-2015 at 10:21 PM.
You could search a long time before finding the ideal: remember the old saying "the best is the enemy of the good". Basically, you want something that is beginner-friendly and not too changeable, that has a live disk so that you can see it before installing, and which has a user interface you feel comfortable with.
On the subject of the different GUIs available, look here https://renewablepcs.wordpress.com/a...gnome-or-xfce/
Currently the best and friendliest distros for each, in my experience and opinion, are
Gnome: Ubuntu Gnome
Cinnamon: Linux Mint
Mate: Linux Mint
Distribution: BSD & Linux - As long as they are Lightweight
One that supports your hardware is the one to start with.
Desktops/Window Managers & other software can be changed to suit your needs.
The main difference between distros is their package management systems.
Because of the age of the system and the amount of factory installed memory (1 GB), you might want to go with a lightweight distribution like Puppy Linux (Precise or Tahr would give a layer of Ubuntu compatibility,) unless you upgrade it to around 3 or 4 GB's. Then you could probably go with Lubuntu or another somewhat heavier distribution.
Last edited by ardvark71; 02-21-2015 at 05:07 PM.
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Because of the age of the system and the amount of factory installed memory (1 GB), you might want to go with a lightweight distribution like Puppy Linux ... unless you upgrade it to around 3 or 4 GB's. Then you could probably go with Lubuntu or another somewhat heavier distribution.
Have you looked at how much RAM you're actually using? The last time I tried Lubuntu, it idled at 120MG! No distro needs 3 or 4 GB.