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Old 10-22-2013, 11:02 PM   #1
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which linux installation would be best?


hello all, with the many linux distros out there which one fits this description

Can fit on CD-R
good software manager to download new programs
compatable with 64 bit processor
1GB DDR / 500GB HD

Thank you!
 
Old 10-22-2013, 11:38 PM   #2
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Hi,

with those requirements and specs almost any of the big name modern distros. More important would be the user's levels of experience and interest and the intended use.

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Old 10-23-2013, 08:58 AM   #3
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Linux Mint is a good choice for beginners IMHO.

Most distros these days are DVD size (even "lightweight" distros such as CrunchBang) but you can use a USB thumb drive to easily get around the CD-R size limitation.
 
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with those requirements and specs almost any of the big name modern distros. More important would be the user's levels of experience and interest and the intended use.
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Most distros these days are DVD size (even "lightweight" distros such as CrunchBang) but you can use a USB thumb drive to easily get around the CD-R size limitation.
Fail, and fail. Most big name distros DO NOT fit on CD-R (unless maybe an LXDE spin, or such). Perhaps there's a good reason the OP specified this: no DVD drive? can't boot from USB? Who knows, more info needed.

I would recommend a Debian netinstall, antiX, or one of the PCLinuxOSes that fit on CD.
 
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Most 64-bit computers these days can boot from USB. Merely pointing out an alternative that the OP may not have been aware of.

It is not my fault that most distros these days are DVD-sized, so please don't shoot the messenger by labeling my accurate and helpful advice as "fail."
 
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It is not my fault that most distros these days are DVD-sized, so please don't shoot the messenger by labeling my accurate and helpful advice as "fail."
True, and sorry, no disrespect meant, snowpine. Sad that even #! doesn't fit on a CD any more. Philip could remove GIMP and make it a post-install script option, and it would fit on CD. But then, they seem more intent over there these days to circle jerk and chase DDoS demons.
 
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Distros that fit onto a CD: AntiX, Bodhi, PCLinuxOS (Minime version), Salix, Vector, Zorin Light. Some other distros have a CD image for a net install: just the OS and installer and the rest is downloaded during the installation: Debian, OpenSUSE. But if you can boot from a USB stick, that's obviously the best solution.

All of these have 64-bit versions and plenty of easily installed software. One extra point: with only 1GB you should probably scratch OpenSUSE and if you're new to Linux, perhaps Debian as well.
 
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Fail, and fail. Most big name distros DO NOT fit on CD-R (unless maybe an LXDE spin, or such).
The OP is referring to the installer not a live cd since they state they have 500 GB of hard disk space and specify that the distro should have good package management for installing software. AFAIK, all the big name distros will provide a working system with a single cd. Feel free to provide a exception if I'm wrong.

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The OP is referring to the installer not a live cd since they state they have 500 GB of hard disk space and specify that the distro should have good package management for installing software. AFAIK, all the big name distros will provide a working system with a single cd. Feel free to provide a exception if I'm wrong.
I see nothing in their post that specifies the installer and not a live CD. Are you privy to some info I am not?
 
Old 10-23-2013, 08:03 PM   #10
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Hi,
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I see nothing in their post that specifies the installer and not a live CD.
Curious, I see two things:
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good software manager to download new programs
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500GB HD
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Are you privy to some info I am not?
Only if you didn't actually read the OP.

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Old 10-23-2013, 08:23 PM   #11
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Only if you didn't actually read the OP.
Okaaay. Yup, that's it, clearly. It was a terribly long and complicated post, how did I miss the specification of installer-only and no live CDs?
 
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