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Allready for a while i try to work with the damn small linux distro. It seems not to do it totaly.
I have an intel pentium 3, 666mhz cpu, 256 mb ram, and more than 20gb of free space. He is not overclockable.
What i wanted is:
1-a textprocessor, 100% compatible with ms office.
2-a superlight video-editor (just to cut and convert, and maybe some other basics). Now i have xine, it works for playback. Maybe i can add some plugin?
3-someting like MLFM to arange files.
Flashplayer is allso welcome. I tryed version 7, without succes. Maybe it's the processor (on the motherboard) which is to light.(i allready installed mplayer, but when i launch it, he says that he dont recognises the device nor url. I saw in the script that x11 has not the right plugin, but where can i find it than?)
I have been loocking around a bit (to find another distro), and i think with Debian i can manage. But shall i, newbie be able to do so, and in the iso's i saw that there are different types , like; xfce,resque, etc.
Can someone help me to choose? (nb: i have only a cd-player on it, so the image must be smaller than 700mb)
1. LibreOffice or OpenOffice
2. Video editing with that low end machine will not be much fun, but if you want something very simple (only cutting, filtering and encoding) you may want to give Avidemux a try.
3. Lightweight file managers: PCManFM, emelFM2, ROX Filer, Thunar. If you prefer console based then mc, vifm, Ranger
4. Lightweight Browsers: Midori, Arora, Kazekahase, Netsurf
You won't have fun with Flash on your system, it is simply to weak to use it. If you want to watch Youtube videos you can try Minitube, should work fine.
I had some time ago a somewhat similar setup (Celeron 550MHz, 256MB, 10GB HD). I installed a minimal Debian on it, then I installed LXDE, Iceape, Minitube and VLC on it. Worked fine.
My laptop has a Pentium M under-clocked to 600MHz and runs Salix, although it does have more memory than your computer, so you've got a viable system.
I'd suggest Swift, which recommends a Pentium II and 128MB as the minimum. I really liked it: http://www.linuxquestions.org/review...page/15/sort/7
LibreOffice is installed by default, as are video codecs and Flash support. There are video editors in the repository, although that could be a problem: they do tend to use a lot of memory.
At this moment I'm still running DSL 4.4.10 (more details in the end)
So I downloaded the Swift Minnesota iso. And burned it on cd. When running the image, at startup, I saw manny errors, and 2 warnings passing the script. I dont know yet how to copy the script, but in the end it sayed:
-xauth: (argv): 1 bad display name “mint:0” in “remove” command.
-hostname: name or device not known.
-fatal server error: server is already active for display 0. If this server is no longer running, remove /tmp/x0-lock and start again.
Yet, he continued, and I finaly ended up on the homepage. I wanted to click an icon, but the mouscursor didnt mouve. Then I tried some shortcuts and saw that I could open a terminal to make commands. I did install apt-get, and.... he did.
Finaly I had to stop becouse nothing fundamental did change.
Now, concerning the md5sum: just before burning the image, my toaster gave me the sum, and when it was on the cd I opened the md5 text, but the sum it gave in the beginning (on the burner) was not presented between the 8 sums it gave. Is this the right way to do it ? Honoustly I allways find the explainaions a bit confiousing about “how to do it”. Before downloading the image on the downloadpage you can read the indication: “for the md5sum click on the i button”, but there is no “i”button.
At the install from the image I can't set a root passworth, I can't have a read/write partition, and I have copy and mount problems with certain files (eg: the most uci-files I cant mount (in the script I can read: warning: no support enc)). I already tried Grub as well as Lillo. When it askes me to set root, I can only “enter”. When I type something the cursor dont move on the screen. Though I think it understands what I write, becouse it says: “too short” or “use allso upper case. To set “Mydsl” it's the same.Now I have dicouvered that when I just “enter” for root and Mydsl that it exepts it (so I allways just enter when password is prompted).
At startup , I can see that the first sentenses of the script says that it can't set hostname becouse of a "read only" file system. I already tried to change it as root with "mount -n -o remount, rw", and "mount -o hda2 r/w", but it says “done, press enter". In the second case it sounds “no such file or directorty". It allso remains to say after exiting and having made backup: "Please mount media containing optional directory and try again". There again I type enter a few times and then it suts down.
I also saw that “open office files”(saved in ms-word) becomes “read only” too when I put them in the home dir.(this is not the case if I put them on a usb)
Then (and this is the most important thing) when I have edited photo's for instance, and I want to exit, the screen freeses, and says at the next startup that "the maximal mount content is reached", and that I have to run e2fsck. When I do so it says that I have to run it on an alternate superblock becouse the superblock might be corrupt. When I do that (I have reloaded on another partition) he keeps on repeathing the same indication (run an alternate...).
When I try to install something directly from the internet, it never works out.(no such file or directory, or it can't be parsed,...). Is there something I can do about all this?
The problem here is that in this conditions starting up and shutting down allways takes +/-15 minutes and often the screen freeses.
Anyway I think that all this means that my HDD is broken. So I'm thinking it should be better to buy another one. Is this the right conclusion, or is this maybe a problem of sectors and heads?
My current HDD is an IBM Deskstar which does 7200 RPM, has 40 Gb storage, and is 10.2 cm large, 14.6 long, and 2.35 cm high.
Is there someone who can help me sorting this out?
For downloading you should be here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/swiftlinux/files/
I can see six entries in blue, like
swiftlinux-0_2_0-regular.iso 212.04.22 686.2MB i
Click on the i and the MD5 sum pops up; for Minnesota it's
I have a system with similar specs and I've had good luck with VectorLinux (Vector Light and 7.0), Crunchbang #! debian base, and Arch. I added another 512 megs of ram, and am now running Slackware -current on it with no real problems.
I've found XFCE and Openbox to be the best performers in terms of WMs, Thunar and PCManFM are nice and light file managers. If you're careful about what you install you can have a very useable system even on that old unit.