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Old 03-25-2005, 10:44 AM   #1
varkey
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Which distro is best for me?


Please tell me which linus distro is best for me.


Here is my system config

PIII 550 Mhz
128 MB RAM
20 GB HDD

Please help me somebody
 
Old 03-25-2005, 10:49 AM   #2
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I will always put gentoo on everything... But on older hardware compiles can take a long time. I guess I would recommend you use a package based distro. Debian maybe? If you stay away from distro's that use RPMs you will end up saving yourself a whole lot of trouble.
 
Old 03-25-2005, 10:51 AM   #3
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You don't have alot of memory so I would recommend that you use a 'lightweight' window manager rather than KDE or GNOME.
 
Old 03-25-2005, 11:42 AM   #4
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ok so which distro do u recommend
 
Old 03-25-2005, 11:53 AM   #5
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I installed Conectiva 10 on a PII 450 with 128 MB Ram and a 3GB HD.

Conectiva worked well for me on that set up. I have since upgraded the memory to 327MB.

With a modest memory upgrade you should be able to run Conectiva 10 no problems.

Good Luck,

Thorn
 
Old 03-25-2005, 12:11 PM   #6
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how abt mandrake 10.1 will there be any probs
 
Old 03-25-2005, 01:08 PM   #7
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hmm, i don't think i would install mandrake...you may be disappointed in performance because of your memory and cpu....I suppose you could use it with xfce or flux maybe...but I would still look at lighter distros to get the max amount of performance out of your computer...what do you want to do with this computer? are you going to set up a server, use it as a desktop computer?
 
Old 03-25-2005, 01:17 PM   #8
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it will be just a desktop. with internet bbrowsing downloads.

etc

but i need a good looking gui
 
Old 03-25-2005, 01:35 PM   #9
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I run a minimal Slackware install on an old P133 laptop w/ 96MB of ram with no problems - I use XFCE as my window manager. On a PIII 550 w/128MB you should be in good shape for your needs, that's what I use the laptop for.
 
Old 03-25-2005, 01:37 PM   #10
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I don't really think Gentoo is a good option to choose on his pc because the compiling proces will take days on that pc.

How much experience have you got with Linux?

I mean, If this is your first time using Linux, you should really use a distro for newbies since Debian or Gentoo will be to hard to use for a newbie. (I'm not saying it's hard for all newbies) I suggest you try a easy to use distro like "Fedora" or "SuSE", They are both fast and easy to use, and you don't need to configure a lot when you install it for the first time, You will have a fully graphical enviornment! I also suggest you try another windowmanager such as Xfce, this windowmanager is quite graphical and still it's lightweight
 
Old 03-25-2005, 02:03 PM   #11
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Try VectorLinux . Based on Slackware, pretty out of the box, and lightweight.

Last edited by Celettu; 03-25-2005 at 02:04 PM.
 
Old 03-25-2005, 03:52 PM   #12
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Hello,

I have a Dell laptop that I have run Libranet 2.7 & 2.8.1 on just fine with the standard ICEwm. MEPIS live CD is soooooooooooo slow you can't imagine. With the amount of RAM I have I imagine any live cd would be.

I am in the process of putting Debian Sarge on it using the info at http://osnews.com/story.php?news_id=9973.

I am not finished yet but the window manager seems very snappy and usable. I am partial to Debian and Slackware. Yes, I put Slackware on it for a short while just to see if it would find the network card. It did.

500 MHz
64 Meg RAM
10 Gig (dual boot Win98) Hey, my isp didn't like Linux when I was on the road. ;-)

There's always http://www.delilinux.de/

They test it on a 486 with 16 Meg RAM and say it runs smoothly.

Steve
 
Old 03-25-2005, 09:06 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally posted by Rayen16
I don't really think Gentoo is a good option to choose on his pc because the compiling proces will take days on that pc.

How much experience have you got with Linux?

I mean, If this is your first time using Linux, you should really use a distro for newbies since Debian or Gentoo will be to hard to use for a newbie. (I'm not saying it's hard for all newbies) I suggest you try a easy to use distro like "Fedora" or "SuSE", They are both fast and easy to use, and you don't need to configure a lot when you install it for the first time, You will have a fully graphical enviornment! I also suggest you try another windowmanager such as Xfce, this windowmanager is quite graphical and still it's lightweight

No this is not my first time using linux. I have installed and run redhat 8 and 9. the installation process was easy and was working fine.


If i use fedora will there be any problem if use a lightidows manager
 
Old 03-25-2005, 10:20 PM   #14
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u might want to try suse 9.2 or 9.3 (whiuch will be relesed in a month)

suse runs pretty good on almost every system i installed it on.......

P III 800 mhz
512 ram

suse has a "light" window manager, so it should be good....

you can owload the cds or dvds off the ftp servers.......(dont get the eval versions)
 
Old 03-25-2005, 10:23 PM   #15
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but that sytem has 512 ram. but anyway ill try suse.


i like mandrake will it work smoothly if i use mandrake and light window manager
 
  


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