I'm new around here. I've got a strong Windows background but I do have quite alot of Linux experience, and recently I have been taking an active interest in Desktop versions of Linux.
I have been using Ubuntu for a while now, and think it's a great OS. I have an old IBM R40e (P3 i think, 512mb RAM), and I was curious about how well Linux would run on it. Initially I installed Xubuntu, and this worked fine. This machine is somewhat of a test machine, so I don't care about losing stuff.
Anyway, over the past few days I have tried the following distros (on this machine):
And, they all failed to install and/or boot (Slackware seemed to install, but didn't boot)
I see I/O errors on boot, and then usually something like "PCI Interript Link enabled at IRQ11", or "ppdev: user-space parallel port driver" - all of them do this.
At which point the cursor stops blinking and the process freezes.
Yet, I've not had any issues with Xubuntu. I was wondering if it was about what the distos are based on...but then Xubuntu is based on Debian, and that works while Debian didn't.
What are Slackware and Mepis based on? (sorry if that is a poor question, we are in the Newbies forum after all
Do these distros have anything in common? (being Linux isn't what I mean
Would appreciate any pointers