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Old 02-02-2007, 03:14 PM   #1
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Which is the best distro ?


Hi all,
Could you give some opinions about which linux distro should I install?

1) I have a AMD AthlonXP 1700+ with 128MB RAM 40GB HDD (desktop, I don't like laptops), with no wireless, raid, and other "problem-maker" hardware ---> my PC needs something lite(128 MB RAM!!!), so any KDE distros don't count.
2) I'm not a "linux idiot", been using Ubuntu, XUbuntu for the last few months.
4) I'm like compiling stuff, but I don't really have the time (only as a last alternative)
5) Friendly community would be nice...

I'm currently using Zenwalk(with default settings) and Ubuntu, but the first seems faster than Ubuntu with a hardcore stripped kernel.

This is my first post here so be gentle.
(... and sorry about any mistakes I make... english is not my native language)
 
Old 02-02-2007, 03:18 PM   #2
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You _will_ want to use Search to find posts similar or exactly like this. Don't start the war again:

there is no perfect distribution, or if you find one, nobody else can tell it for you -- either you search and find it yourself, or try others' opinions endlessly
 
Old 02-02-2007, 03:27 PM   #3
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Your English is excellent!!!

You already have enough experience to make this decision yourself....

My personal recommendation is basically anything with KDE + the apt/synaptic package system---e.g.: Kubuntu, Mepis, PCLinuxOS, Debian

Also, spend some time at distrowatch.com
 
Old 02-02-2007, 03:31 PM   #4
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ookkk... sorry, new to this forum.

pixellany, thanks for your recommendation!

b0uncer, I didn't want a perfect distribution, just something that would fit the specifications I gave, becouse distrowatch doesn't say much about any distribution.

trying to make peace among linux users, so
consider this thread closed

Last edited by energiya; 02-02-2007 at 03:37 PM.
 
Old 02-02-2007, 03:41 PM   #5
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Stop apologizing!!!--you already rank in the top 5% in the Newbie behavior index....

Good Luck!!
 
Old 02-02-2007, 04:49 PM   #6
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It's all a matter of personal taste which distro you choose. The only differences are size and the amount of post-install configuration that has to be done.
 
Old 02-02-2007, 05:15 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by energiya
Hi all,
Could you give some opinions about which linux distro should I install?

1) I have a AMD AthlonXP 1700+ with 128MB RAM 40GB HDD (desktop, I don't like laptops), with no wireless, raid, and other "problem-maker" hardware ---> my PC needs something lite(128 MB RAM!!!), so any KDE distros don't count.
2) I'm not a "linux idiot", been using Ubuntu, XUbuntu for the last few months.
4) I'm like compiling stuff, but I don't really have the time (only as a last alternative)
5) Friendly community would be nice...

I'm currently using Zenwalk(with default settings) and Ubuntu, but the first seems faster than Ubuntu with a hardcore stripped kernel.

This is my first post here so be gentle.
(... and sorry about any mistakes I make... english is not my native language)
Slackware, my friend, slackware.... and welcome to LQ.


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 02-02-2007, 06:26 PM   #8
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I'd say stick to Zenwalk or try Vector Linux, both use XFCE so you're computer will already fly... and they are also both slackware based. Vector has slapt-get as a default I think so that's another bonus and according to them it's the fastest non-source distribution out there.

I'll say this again though, we can't say which flavor of ice-cream (distro) you'd like.
 
Old 02-02-2007, 06:52 PM   #9
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Fedora 6 with GNOME
 
Old 02-02-2007, 08:28 PM   #10
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If you like compiling, try Gentoo. Use the minimal CD not the Live installation.
 
Old 02-02-2007, 08:49 PM   #11
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Fedora Core 6 with KDE or RedHat Enterprise Linux 4 (or 5 when it finally arrives). Both are obviously very similar, with the latter based on the former.

I find that RHEL4 (Update 3) is very stable.

You could also try Scientific Linux (another copy of RHEL...)
 
Old 02-03-2007, 12:09 AM   #12
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Your computers weakness seems to be the RAM. Doubling to 256 would just make things better.
Distributions like Xubuntu (which you are already using) and Vector Linux are made for slower computers. Distributions like Debian and Slackware have lower overhead to begin with, just make a wise desktop choice.
How does something like Damn Small Linux or Austrumi work for you. They are light and can run in RAM.
 
Old 02-03-2007, 02:35 AM   #13
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Kubuntu
http://www.kubuntu.org/


Mandriva
http://www.mandriva.com/community/mandrivaone


PCLinuxOS .92
http://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/metalab/dist...glish/preview/
ftp://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/metalab/distr...glish/preview/

This is the distro I use and recommend, Why because it works right out of the box. No need to configure Everything, everything just works. It also comes as a 1 CD install that is a live CD that you can install later if you wish.

Mephis
http://www.mepis.org/


Blag
http://www.blagblagblag.org/download/

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/
 
Old 02-03-2007, 03:56 AM   #14
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Thank you all for posting!
Reading about each and every solution posted here, I decided to try Vector Linux, Slackware, Mepis, PCLinuxOS, Arch (heard it's really fast).

Gentoo is fast (or so I heard) but I really don't have the time to compile everything. I ran Fedora Core 1 and 2 and I'm not going back to them. DSL, Austrumi and puppy seem a little too lite for an average desktop user (with some programming needs).

I have to say I'll give Slackware based distros a +, because I really enjoy Zenwalk even thow it seems to kill my network connection, and behaves really weird, in the sense that it makes another ethx... I'm now writing from eth2 ?!? (eth0, eth1 died).

Last edited by energiya; 02-03-2007 at 04:05 AM.
 
Old 02-03-2007, 02:14 PM   #15
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Gentoo compiles the programs for you. Slackware is ok, but when it is time to upgrade libraries or programs, it will limit you.

I have never read or heard that the ethX device node changes. It seems you have a screwed up configuration or you are using daemons to detect network connectivity.

You will eventually have to install Gnome and KDE for programs that you want to use, so like someone already said upgrade the memory. Upgrading the memory will help while compiling big programs and help do your work faster because Linux does not have to swap memory to the hard drive to gain more.

Your computer is already fast enough. Basing your decision on the speed of the distribution will only hold you back. I suggest basing your decision on what you are about to do which is writing programs and compile them. Gentoo is already setup to compile programs.
 
  


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