LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Linux Power User Bundle
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 05-05-2011, 05:10 PM   #1
Summers
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2011
Posts: 9

Rep: Reputation: 0
What distro is right for me and my computer


my computer hardware is as followed

2.5ghz intel celeron processor (pentium 4 i think)
intel gfx card 8xxx series 96mb
512mb ram
wusb100 wireless card hardware version 1

i need something that is easy to use at first and when i start to learn more i can make more modifications to the os.
something that is easy to install java in will help.
i also am a novice programmer and will be trying to make software. i need a distro that will at least look nice doesnt have to look awesome just nice maybe xfce desktop to improve responsiveness.
something that a good repository of packages
i just came from windows xp but i have been looking into linux for awhile and tried puppy... doesnt fit what i need

thank you all
 
Old 05-05-2011, 05:17 PM   #2
TobiSGD
Moderator
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Location: Germany
Distribution: Whatever fits the task best
Posts: 17,131
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833
With this hardware specs and the needs you have I would recommend to use either Xubuntu (Ubuntu with XFCE), Linux Mint XFCE Edition or Debian with XFCE. All of them are easy to install and have very large software-repositories. Debian is a bot more "plain" Linux then the other two, so my personal recommendation would be to use that, if you want to learn more about Linux after becoming comfortable with the system.
 
Old 05-05-2011, 05:26 PM   #3
Summers
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2011
Posts: 9

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
thank you for the suggestion i will look into them.
 
Old 05-05-2011, 05:33 PM   #4
snowpine
Senior Member
 
Registered: Feb 2009
Posts: 4,149

Rep: Reputation: 1159Reputation: 1159Reputation: 1159Reputation: 1159Reputation: 1159Reputation: 1159Reputation: 1159Reputation: 1159Reputation: 1159
Welcome to the forums Summers. My first distro was Ubuntu and I turned out okay Xubuntu is Ubuntu with the Xfce desktop environment; I think it would run well on your hardware. Also Mint Xfce is worth a try. If you are looking for something a little different you might give Fedora Xfce a test-drive. Good luck!
 
Old 05-05-2011, 05:39 PM   #5
Summers
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2011
Posts: 9

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
thank you, im glad the community is willing to help a person coming from windows. I will try your suggestions and post any troubles i have
 
Old 05-05-2011, 05:44 PM   #6
Arcane
Member
 
Registered: May 2006
Location: Latvia, Europe
Distribution: random
Posts: 303

Rep: Reputation: 241Reputation: 241Reputation: 241
http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/
 
Old 05-05-2011, 05:56 PM   #7
Summers
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2011
Posts: 9

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
ok im on the linux mint xfce live cd and it detects my wireless netorks fine but when i click on the network it will do the connecting thing and after awhile it will say you where disconnected from the network but it never actually connects.

lol my first problem, but i like linux mint so far
 
Old 05-05-2011, 06:07 PM   #8
TobiSGD
Moderator
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Location: Germany
Distribution: Whatever fits the task best
Posts: 17,131
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833
What wireless adapter are you using? If not sure, you can start Linux and type one of the following commands into a Terminal (you should find that in the menu):
For USB-wireless type:
Code:
lsusb
For an internal wireless device type:
Code:
lspci
In both cases look for something like network controller and post that lines here.
 
Old 05-05-2011, 06:11 PM   #9
Summers
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2011
Posts: 9

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
i know im using a wusb100 card from linksys
 
Old 05-05-2011, 06:29 PM   #10
TobiSGD
Moderator
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Location: Germany
Distribution: Whatever fits the task best
Posts: 17,131
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833
Quote:
Originally Posted by Summers View Post
i know im using a wusb100 card from linksys
What we need to know is which chipset this adapter is using. Please post the output of the mentioned lsusb-command.
 
Old 05-05-2011, 06:46 PM   #11
Summers
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2011
Posts: 9

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
lsusb
bus 005 device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux foundation root 1.1 hub
bus 004 device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux foundation root 1.1 hub
bus 003 device 004: ID 046d:c50e Logitech, inc. mx-1000 Cordless mouse reciever
bus 003 device 003: ID 413c:2010 Dell computer corp.
bus 003 device 002: ID 413c:1003 Dell computer corp.
bus 003 device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux foundation root 1.1 hub
bus 001 device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux foundation root 1.1 hub
bus 001 device 003: ID 1737:0700 Linksys
bus 001 device 002: ID 0781:5406 SanDisk Corp. Cruzer Micro 1/2/4GB Flash Drive
bus 001 device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux foundation root 2.0 hub

this is all i got when i ran the code... idk whats wrong

Last edited by Summers; 05-05-2011 at 07:18 PM.
 
Old 05-05-2011, 07:25 PM   #12
TobiSGD
Moderator
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Location: Germany
Distribution: Whatever fits the task best
Posts: 17,131
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833Reputation: 4833
Well, that output is not very helpful, linksys did no good job with just naming their device linksys. Without knowing the chipset I am not able to help you.
But there may be a little chance that the hardware driver program can find the appropriate driver for the device. You should find it under the settings option in your menu. Start it and see if it finds any drivers to install/activate.
 
Old 05-05-2011, 07:32 PM   #13
Summers
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2011
Posts: 9

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
i think the driver is rt2870 does that help any?

edit: i did the hardware thing and it didnt find anything. also i tryied install windows driver thing and install the right drive but still nothing should i reboot?

Last edited by Summers; 05-05-2011 at 07:35 PM.
 
Old 05-05-2011, 07:45 PM   #14
Mr. Bill
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2011
Location: Maryland, USA
Distribution: Xubuntu 14.04 - 64
Posts: 185

Rep: Reputation: 14
While you're in Windows, try this shortcut:

Right-click My Computer and select "Properties" from the menu.

Select the "Hardware" tab, then the "Device Manager" button.

Find your wireless device and click the "+". (might be under "Network Adapters")

That should show the model/chipset for your device.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 05-05-2011, 07:49 PM   #15
Summers
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2011
Posts: 9

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
well after i rebooted i installed the windows driver using the install windows driver program... at first it didnt show a network at all then suddenly it popped up and said connected to Internet... woot

now for the other question does linux mint come with java pre installed?
 
  


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
Which distro should I use for an OLD computer? vieya Linux - Distributions 6 12-11-2009 03:47 AM
Which Distro for a old computer? jimmierock Linux - Distributions 5 02-12-2008 09:42 AM
What distro should I try for an old (6 yr) computer bicho Linux - Hardware 9 11-16-2006 12:31 PM
best distro for old computer jamil5454 Linux - Distributions 2 12-17-2003 02:08 PM
OLD computer, WHAT DISTRO? snype Linux - Distributions 10 11-26-2003 12:42 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:06 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
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration