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Old 07-29-2008, 10:00 PM   #1
Oldgrouchy
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Want to convert my Dell to Linux from Win2000


I have a 4-year old Dell that I want to convert to Linux. I downloaded Ubuntu and the WUBI installer but can't get the WUBI installer to work; keeps quiting and directing me to nsis.sf.net/nsis_error, which has no information on it. As an old mainframer, please not too many hoots or hollers, trying to find how to install Ubuntu was very muddy.

Which Linux would be recommended to install on that Dell? That Linux would be used solely as a Linux machine. If you wish to suggest a specific site/address please, state that.

My Dell has 261KB Ram, 20BG HD. Any suggestions on Linux gratefully accepted.
 
Old 07-29-2008, 10:15 PM   #2
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For older hardware, I like Vector Linux (Light edition). I have an old 850Mhz machine with 128MB of ram, and it's pretty speedy. Much faster than xubuntu was on the same hardware. Xubuntu with the alternate installer would be my second suggestion.

Have fun...

David

http://vectorlinux.com/
http://www.xubuntu.org/

P.S. I'd use puppy linux, with gparted to prepare the hard drives if you are going to use more than one OS on that machine, as both xubuntu and vector use text based installers, and vector gives you fdisk to do it yourself. Other than that, the install is very easy.

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Old 07-29-2008, 10:46 PM   #3
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You can find information on about anything related to Linux here: http://www.yolinux.com/
 
Old 07-30-2008, 01:42 AM   #4
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Installed and working!

Great suggestions. I installed Vector Light and the PC rebooted just fine. Now to give it a good shakedown tomorrow about taking the night off!
 
Old 07-30-2008, 07:44 AM   #5
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Let us know how you like it. Vector is slack based. Many slack users are pretty passionate about their OS (Even for Linux zealots), and are always willing to help newbies. Slackware's philosophy is "Keep it simple". They do a pretty good job at it I think.

David
 
Old 07-30-2008, 12:52 PM   #6
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i've been telling everyone about dreamlinux for a long time even tho i've never used it, and you are the next one
 
  


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