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Hey all...my mate is getting into linux...and he explained it is far better off than windows. I currently have a network in my home...with my server (that I built) as a Pentium II 333mhz, 128mb RAM on windows. I am unfortunate enough to be on dial up, so my internet is slow. My mate explained if i switched to linux, the distributed internet connection would possibly be sped up. I asked him which version would be the best...but he does not know. If anyone could help me out with suggesting a specific version...that would be great. Thanks
You could be more specific with your questions so we might be better able to help you.
If your asking a proper distro for server I'd suggest Slackware, Debian, Gentoo ... altough I'd suggest those anyway
Also, as much as your mate is helping you out with linux info, what he said just isn't true. Yes linux connection sharing or a linux based router will probably be cleaner and processor-faster than doing it through windows, your connection will not in any way be sped up by using linux. You connection comes in at speed X, and no operating system can increase X to X+. Some might have a better algorythm for dividing the speed of X between multiple other machines, but X/4 is going to be small, particularly on a dial up. Even with a better way of dividing up the connection, you aren't going to see any difference on a human level. Yes, your connection might increase from 5.04 kbps to 5.05 kbps, but in real world time, you won't see anything different.
G'day im the "mate" helpin with linux. As his windows computers were covered in spyware and other various junk that sucked up his internet i suggested linux as it would be cleaner and faster as you posted. By version i think he meant distro. We both have old hardware so could anyone recommend distros for old bangers e.g. 386,486, pentium 1
Well that certainly is possible. You won't need to worry about spyware in linux.
Most linux distros can be installed without the graphics, which are probably the single largest resource hog in most home computers. When choosing packages to be installed, I suggest you completely avoid the Xwindows system, and just run this machine from the command line interface (CLI). If you need to use this machine to browse the internet for pictures and things of that nature, then you'll want the leanest window manager (WM) you can fine. Avoid Gnome and KDE. Both are great, but require much processor power that a P1 computer just doesn't have. Xfce, icewm, there are several other "lean" window managers that can work. Search the forums here for other suggestions, as that question comes up frequently.
As to the distro, it really makes little difference. Use whatever both of you or Clarence27 feels the most comfortable with. I'd plug for Debian personally, but if you are used to rpm based distros, then stick with those. Damn Small Linux (DSL) is also worth checking out, although most folks would consider that one of the more difficult distros, particularly for a newbie.
I havent been too successful with debian....I got the x server working and everything but it just wasnt what i expected, i thought it was pretty poor. I dont know what version it was but i downloaded it from the ISO section of LQ. Could you recommend a version of Debian....And i still aint mastered packages all i have done is java and other little plugins, experimented with wine but it doesnt work.