Hi folks -
I'm new to the forum, and new to linux. For myself, I'm exploring linux with dual boot on my laptop and home computers, W2K/SuSE-XD2 and W98/SuSE-KDE, respectively. Learning is coming along.
Some of the reading I've done indicates that, apples to apples (or hardware to hardware), one generally gets more bang from a linux install than a windows install -- speed, stability, etc. In that vein, I'm exploring various light distros in hopes of finding one that my young sister-in-law could use on an old-old-old Pentium box instead of W98. The box is so slow that a Knoppix LiveCD was too slow to wait for it to load.
Would any of you have any recommendations for the following box and her requirements? (And, "forget it, it's too old" is a valid recommendation!)
- desktop use
by a not-so-literate student. (No server needs.)
- Word processor, Word / WP compatible
for term papers. Need compatibility so she can transport to/from a computer lab, and collaborate on papers. (I favor OpenOffice.org, but it doesn't like 640x480 display much -- lots of buttons off screen.)
- a decent browser
-- I'd favor Mozilla/Firefox, but could be swayed, of course
- Windows-familiar desktop
I think either KDE or GNOME would be fine, but wonder if a lighter desktop would suffice -- I haven't loaded any to see them.
- DSL support
-- probably just plug it in the Ethernet jack in her apartment to get a DHCP IP assigned.
- Pentium (I)
- 64 Meg RAM
- 1 Gig hard drive
- display 640x480 - stop swearing
- CD drive and floppy drive
- Currently running W98 with OpenOffice.org as the suite
If you need more detail on the box, I can get more detail. As I read on the various LiveCD, etc., distros, they claim light requirements, but as I read in more detail (seems a basic listing of system requirements is very often lacking), they want 128 Meg RAM, etc.
So, is this a lost cause?