LinuxQuestions.org
Go Job Hunting at the LQ Job Marketplace
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices



Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 04-28-2005, 12:53 AM   #1
macboysf
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2005
Location: san francisco
Distribution: Suse 9.1 personal
Posts: 7

Rep: Reputation: 0
Talking opinion on which type of linux to use?


Ok so I'm posting this to hopefully get some opinions. I currently own a very nice mac, and have been interested in #@$#ing arround with linux for a bit now. I'm pretty new to the whole thing, so I'm looking to find an application that is relatively easy to use and install.

I recieved an old laptop I think might be good for trying this whole thing out on.

It's an old p/c 233mhz with 64 mb of ram and a 2 GB HD
so sad I know....

Anyway I'm interested in some advise on what would be a good OS that has a nice GUI, yet small enough to work on a machiene like this...

any advice?
 
Old 04-28-2005, 01:08 AM   #2
DeadPenguin
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: Delaware
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 351

Rep: Reputation: 30
I like Vector Linux and Damn Small Linux.DSL
Do you have a bootable cd in a laptop that old?

If so see if Slax or DSL would work. (not sure of the ram requirements of live distros, but a minimum of 64MB's rings a bell
for DSL.)

I am no expert, but on that machine I would look for a very minimal distro, and I would use fluxbox or blackbox as the windows manager.


If you wanted a better experience with Linux I think you could dual boot it on your MAC. (I don't have a mac so I have never tried this.)
But, I do know yellow dog and gentoo run on it) Yellow Dog

Good Luck...... and Welcome.

Last edited by DeadPenguin; 04-28-2005 at 01:13 AM.
 
Old 04-28-2005, 01:11 AM   #3
alwaysharsha
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2005
Location: India
Distribution: Red hat FedoraCore 3
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
Hi,

If u want a windows like user interface and easy usage u can go for Suse. If you want to work on developer side then Redhat is good. Even some magazines give u Linux like PCQ Linux which has all the inbuilt softwares to watch and rip dvd, 3D animation software etc...

It completely depend on U what you want.
 
Old 04-28-2005, 01:12 AM   #4
macboysf
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2005
Location: san francisco
Distribution: Suse 9.1 personal
Posts: 7

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
thanks,

yeah there is a floppy disk, CD drive, and believe it or not an IR port on it. At the time, I think it was a pretty good laptop. The processor is also a pentium MMX chip...
 
Old 04-28-2005, 01:14 AM   #5
DeadPenguin
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: Delaware
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 351

Rep: Reputation: 30
go to bios and see if you can boot from cd.
 
Old 04-28-2005, 01:16 AM   #6
DeadPenguin
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: Delaware
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 351

Rep: Reputation: 30
SUSE? which version...9.3 will run on that?????

I must of misunderstood the question.
 
Old 04-28-2005, 01:26 AM   #7
macboysf
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2005
Location: san francisco
Distribution: Suse 9.1 personal
Posts: 7

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
yeah you can boot off the cd drive?

will the interface be very slow if I run off a bootable cd?
 
Old 04-28-2005, 01:40 AM   #8
DeadPenguin
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: Delaware
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 351

Rep: Reputation: 30
Quote:
Originally posted by macboysf
yeah you can boot off the cd drive?

will the interface be very slow if I run off a bootable cd?
To be honest I really don't know.

But if you have the time download Damn small linux iso. or Slax.
burn it to a cd as an image.
Load Cd.
Set bios to boot from Cd.
Then see how it works on the laptop.
If it is acceptable then you can install it to harddrive.

The 64mb rams might slow down the live cd, but it is worth a shot.

I had vector on a P1 133 32mb tablet and it was real slowwwww.

I amn pretty sure you will not be able to have a pimped out KDE GUI like the ones you see at kde-look.org

Its going to have to be a small minimal distro running a real "light windows manager.

I hope this helps.**you have a typo on your profile. coperate sales...corporate sales.
Unless of course you do sell coperates then I am completely wrong.

Last edited by DeadPenguin; 04-28-2005 at 01:47 AM.
 
Old 04-28-2005, 01:55 AM   #9
macboysf
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2005
Location: san francisco
Distribution: Suse 9.1 personal
Posts: 7

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
lol thanks..... yeah it was a typo... really appreciate all the info
 
Old 04-28-2005, 08:13 AM   #10
DeadPenguin
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: Delaware
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 351

Rep: Reputation: 30
No problem.
If you have any more questions don't be shy.

Let me know how you make out.

Post here your sucess or failure.....it might help someone in the same boat.

Regards,
Blair
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
need your opinion on Linux research for school machinated Linux - Newbie 13 07-14-2005 04:10 PM
Opinion about running linux on a laptop penguin12 Linux - Laptop and Netbook 2 07-14-2005 04:46 AM
Opinion: Promoting Linux. rvijay LinuxQuestions.org Member Success Stories 27 07-23-2004 04:23 PM
Opinion on Linux Today dilys Linux - General 21 02-17-2003 07:37 AM
OPINION: What Linux users need lhoff Linux - Newbie 2 07-06-2001 05:42 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:33 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration