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Old 01-06-2007, 04:32 PM   #1
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want to try linux - need advice


I am brand spankin' new to Linux.

A friend just gave me his old Compaq Presario 5441 (AMD K6, 64MB of ram, 4.3GB HD). Does anyone have any suggestions as to which distribution would work best for me?

I am wanting to use this as a computer for my kids. It will more than likely not be connected to the internet. It would mainly be used for playing kids' educational games. The oldest kid is 3 1/2 - so a command line interface would be completely out of the question.

Is this computer too old?

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I want to try Linux any way it goes. I currently have an HP Pavillion 503n (Celeron 1.7, 640MB of ram) with XP Pro on it [and a crap-load of programs]. Would it be better to throw in the towel on the older computer, install the kids' games in XP, and dual-boot Linux (to try it out -- b/c I am not ready for a wholesale changeover)?
 
Old 01-06-2007, 04:35 PM   #2
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BeaFanatIX for the old one, and by all means, try a dual boot on your own.
 
Old 01-06-2007, 05:19 PM   #3
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thanks rickh.

i'm downloading bfx now - can't wait to try it.

i actually sold my friend his new pc. i think the old one is pretty virused-out, so a fresh start is in order - this gives me the perfect opportunity to try linux w/o my wife complaining about me "doing too much" with this computer.
 
Old 01-06-2007, 05:39 PM   #4
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Don't forget ... When you first get it booted up, you're running from the cd, not the hard drive. You have to go to a seconary menu to install it on the hard drive. Also, this is a very minimal Linux desktop. First order of business will be to learn how to install new programs. Read thru the documentation on the BeaFanatIX home page.
 
  


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