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Old 02-04-2007, 07:44 AM   #1
Exonimus
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Which distro should I choose for my 400mhz celeron?


Hey guys, I'm kind of new to Linux. I've been messing around with some distro's, did a tutorial to put Linux(I believe it was feather Linux) on a USB stick and some other stuff. Anyway, I'm still a real Linux newbie, but I'm planning to start using Linux more frequently.

I have an old pc which I want to install Linux on. It's an intel celeron 400mhz with 64mb ram and 20gb hard disk. I would like to have a distribution which boots quickly(so I can get to work quickly, I'll use it to type school documents,browse the web and do other light work). And I'd like it to be able to do most of the following by default, so with the included software. If I need to install additional software, no problem at all, but I want the package to be light, so without much software I won't use

-boot quickly
-have a GUI
-have a word processor(most important) and if possible, tables(so excel-like files, not sure what the proper name is)
-it needs to be user friendly(my family will probably also work on it)
-it needs to have good wifi support.(meaning an easy way to get it to work) I use the Planet WL-U356, which has the realtek zd1211 chipset)
-auto detect hardware
-if possible, an easy way to remove software I don't need

I've been looking around myself for a while, but there are so many Linux distributions... that's why I decided to make a post here.

edit: I forgot that my network has WPA encryption. I'm not sure if this is supported in a lot of linux distro's?

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Old 02-04-2007, 10:32 AM   #2
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I would suggest the Fedora distro the latest is FC6. just follow the setup and choose the "customise packets" option and you will be able to browse around and remove anything you wouldn't use.
 
Old 02-04-2007, 10:50 AM   #3
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You can try dreamlinux. It has wifi support.
http://www.dreamlinux.com.br/english/index.html

It is a live cd, so you can test your wifi card and other hardware you have. If you like it, you can install it on your hard drive.

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Old 02-04-2007, 10:56 AM   #4
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ok guys, I'll try both of them (since one has a live cd) thanks for the help!

small question though, dreamlinux seems to work on KDE, correct me if I'm wrong but.. will my celeron be able to run this distro with KDE on it fast enough? or are there other window managers?

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Old 02-04-2007, 11:06 AM   #5
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My two cent ubuntu advocacy:
xubuntu

Ubuntu for old machines. You can get a whole live CD or DVD for xubuntu
 
Old 02-04-2007, 11:21 AM   #6
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Quote:
small question though, dreamlinux seems to work on KDE, correct me if I'm wrong but.. will my celeron be able to run this distro with KDE on it fast enough? or are there other window managers?
I really can't say. Some distros can run on older systems,
while other distros require a minimum of 800 mhz. I use slackware 11 on a 550 mhz desktop amd it works fine.

Remember, when you run from the live cd, it is very slow.
This is normal. If your wifi card works, you can install dreamlinux on your hard drive and give it a try

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Old 02-04-2007, 11:29 AM   #7
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I run an old celeron 400 (slot 1) with 512mb pc100 ram and dual video cards (expanded desktop). Mandrake 10 official w/KDE runs fairly decent, it's livable anyways. On it I do alot of music listening/burning (creative 5.1 surround sound), surfing and general tinkering around. I did watch a dvd on it, but it was kinda jerky. Just something to do with an old box that used to be my battle horse.....lol
 
Old 02-04-2007, 11:48 AM   #8
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I once had an old Celeron 400 system w/ something like 288MB PC100 RAM that I put together with old parts I had laying around that I used to try out Linux before I was comfortable enough with it to completely dump windoze and I ran Xubuntu 6.10 on it probably about as fast Vista RC1 ran on my P4 2.4GHz w/ 1GB DDR SDRAM.
 
Old 02-04-2007, 12:01 PM   #9
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lol, while I was halfway dl'ing fedora core 6, I read this in their docs:
Generally speaking, you will want to have 256 megs of RAM per guest that you wish to install.(my poor celeron..)

hmm, although I might save it for another system.

I've looked around a bit and found these:

DSL(damn small linux)
Puppy Linux
Kubuntu
Vectorlinux


I did a quick look for kubuntu:
Minimal specs

233MHz with 48MB ram. 2MB video ram.
Recommended specs

400Mhz with 128MB ram

so that might also be possible. For xunbutu, is it possible to select the packages I want to install?
Are the ones listed above any good for my pc?(since I only have 64 megs of ram)

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Old 02-04-2007, 12:20 PM   #10
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i believe the only difference computer spec(which means speed for me) makes when choosing a linux distro is the speed and time taken in the installation of them ...

after or during the installation you can choose to install what packages that come with the distro ... i presume fedora more or less is still the same as redhat9 during the installation ...

either after or during the installation you can choose and install wm like xfce/icewm/rox/blackbox and the likes ...

"400Mhz with 128MB ram" is not the low and you can increase the ram anytime you want but "233MHz with 48MB ram. 2MB video ram" is terrible for linux if people just want to try and have a look at it ...

and ofcause , dont expect much when you are going for rotating door-steps and window panels ...


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Old 02-04-2007, 12:37 PM   #11
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hmm, ok. So fedora is still an option, as long as I install a light window manager and remove the software which will give my pc the hardest time.

For the rest, I'm kind of thinking to download DSL. People seem to be very positive about it, although I'm not yet sure about the wireless support. I'll sure download fedora and see how it goes though.
 
Old 02-04-2007, 01:16 PM   #12
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actually i'm more interested in "233MHz with 48MB ram. 2MB video ram" ... how the hell people can comes up with that combination of "233MHz" and "48MB ram. 2MB video ram" ...


//strange ...

//anyway ... dont stop the downloading , write them onto cdr/dvdr first then say ... add in services bit by bit during that linux journey on low spec ...



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Old 02-04-2007, 01:40 PM   #13
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that was what it said on a website. Anyway, the best way for me to find which one is best for me is to try

thanks for all the(very quick!) feedback. I appreciate it
 
Old 02-04-2007, 02:34 PM   #14
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400mhz processor, 512 MB ram, Vectorlinux 5 using IceWm & XFCE window managers. Loads web pages fast with External Modem & www.allvantage.com dialup.
 
Old 02-04-2007, 05:28 PM   #15
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Vector Linux 4.3
http://www.vectorlinux.com/

DSL
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

Puppy Linux
http://www.puppylinux.org/user/viewpage.php?page_id=3

Slackware
http://www.slackware.com/

SLAX Live CD
http://www.slax.org/

BeaFanatIX
http://bea.cabarel.com/

Elive:
http://www.elivecd.org/

Deli
http://delili.lens.hl-users.com/
 
  


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