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Old 03-21-2009, 01:29 AM   #1
akan75
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What Linux is suitable for my PC


hi , I use P-3 , HP PC in my home, my son SHAN ( 6 Year ) use this pc for his games , songs and picture , But due to virus my win XP is slow and does not work properly. So i want to change my OS from Windows to Linux , I use digital camara and pendrive in it , my pc's processor is intel 733. 40 GB HDD and 256 Ram , Please suggest me the wright Linux.
 
Old 03-21-2009, 01:57 AM   #2
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Not too bad specs considering the fact that my squid server runs on the very similar spec machine and handles anywhere around 40 clients at my office and it runs rhel4 without much speed lag noticed. But you would not want to go for CentOS for it is not a very desktop OS.
But a lightweight OS like Xubuntu or DSL or Puppy or TinyMe. Even Slack with XFCE should not be that bad.
But if the primary user is your 6yr old son Xubuntu should be a good option given that it has all the everyday softwares available either on install or through synaptic.
 
Old 03-21-2009, 08:13 AM   #3
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Those hardware specs are ideal for an xfce desktop.

Other than the aforementioned Xubuntu, you could try:

http://www.zenwalk.org/
http://wolvix.org/
http://www.kwort.org/
http://www.kateos.org/

Best of luck!
 
Old 03-21-2009, 12:53 PM   #4
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Hello-I just Googled "linux distro for children" and here's the one's I found-
Qimo for kids
( http://www.qimo4kids.com/ )
JUXlala
( http://web.luchs.at/article.php?cat=3&aid=322 )
Foresight Linux Kids
( http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Syste...ds-41407.shtml )
LinuxKidX
( http://linuxkidx.sourceforge.net/ )
and of course Edubuntu
( http://edubuntu.org/ )
There's probably more-have fun!
Also-I could recommend Wolvix Hunter/Cub and GoblinX-2.7, GoblinX is very lightweight and has different editions- Micro with Fluxbox, Mini with XFCE4, and standard which has a couple more Window Managers.
Wolvix is similar and has Fluxbox with Cub and XFCE4 with Hunter.
Both run light and fast on my 160MB RAM, 4GB Hard Drive laptop so either will run quite fast on your 256MB RAM machine.
Running GoblinX/Wolvix used about 15-25 MB's of RAM at idle-pretty good.
GoblinX-Micro ( http://www.goblinx.com.br/en/?page_id=481 )
GoblinX-Mini ( http://www.goblinx.com.br/en/?page_id=399 )
GoblinX-standard ( http://www.goblinx.com.br/en/?page_id=37 )
Wolvix Hunter/Cub ( http://wolvix.org/ )
Although not really aimed at children-they both have cool names and lots of available software-check 'em out!
What model HP do you have?
Mine is the a810n HP Pavillion-linux works great on it.

Last edited by linus72; 03-21-2009 at 01:08 PM.
 
Old 03-21-2009, 01:26 PM   #5
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akan75:

All of the above recommendations are good; indeed, your hardware specifications are capable enough to run linux.

But..... games? pictures? (not counting the fact that you are a new linux user) So let me tell you it wouldn't be that easy. Be prepared for some homeworks: "unlearning what you learned from Xp" and "understanding & learning the linux/unix way."

One thing very important to make your migration less onerous: if your motherboard has two RAM 256 slots, go buy another 256mb Ram for it to run in 512mb (or buy a 512mb ram instead, reserving the option to upgrade to 1G RAM later,) this way you will be able to install GNU/Linux Mint 6 Xfce: the easiest to install and learn from for a new linux user.

Good luck. Have fun.
 
Old 03-25-2009, 03:22 PM   #6
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Hi,

LinuxKidX has a educational suite of games, to know more about it, watch the video on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEZVZYXYQM0

Enjoy!
 
Old 03-25-2009, 04:36 PM   #7
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If gaming for a 6 year old child is the purpose, then Linux is probably not ideal. PC games are even problematic under Windows (graphic cards, Windows versions, DLL's, etc), and running them under Linux via Wine can become a fun-killer for kids. Also consider that kids are more likely to run with trends, and if everyone at school is running Windows, then the kid can fall out of the center of kid-society. With 16 it's hip to be different, but with 6 this is more likely to put the kid under mental stress.

I love Linux, but in your case it would make sense to buy a virus killer, if viruses are your only problem with Windows.

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