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Old 12-01-2010, 11:54 PM   #1
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Which Linux version would be the best for a first time user.


I've been using windows on my pc since I started using computers nearly nine years ago. I have been thinking of trying a Linux o.s. on my old HP that came with Win98 when it first came out. For the past four years I've been using WinXpPro on my Dell. The old HP has only 128mb of ram. Is there a Linux o.s that would run on this computer?
 
Old 12-02-2010, 12:26 AM   #2
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I would try Xubuntu 10.04.

Ubuntu because it's one of the most popular and has tried to focus on accessibility. X (for XFCE) because the XFCE environment is lighter than the default Gnome, and you have a small amount of RAM. 10.04 because it's a Long-Term Support verson.

I haven't actually read the system requirements for Xubuntu. You may still have too little RAM, not sure.
 
Old 12-02-2010, 12:35 AM   #3
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I've been using windows on my pc since I started using computers nearly nine years ago. I have been thinking of trying a Linux o.s. on my old HP that came with Win98 when it first came out. For the past four years I've been using WinXpPro on my Dell. The old HP has only 128mb of ram. Is there a Linux o.s that would run on this computer?
Dear ,

if u r a newbie in Linux you should use the Ubuntu Linux. its very easy to use and easy to understand...
its look is very good and effective..

Use Ubuntu and Welcome to linux world and invite your all friends to linux world becoz windows also has come linux world..

Er.Surender Sharma
India.
 
Old 12-02-2010, 12:35 AM   #4
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I've been using windows on my pc since I started using computers nearly nine years ago. I have been thinking of trying a Linux o.s. on my old HP that came with Win98 when it first came out. For the past four years I've been using WinXpPro on my Dell. The old HP has only 128mb of ram. Is there a Linux o.s that would run on this computer?
try to use linux mandriva it is very easy to understand.
 
Old 12-02-2010, 12:42 AM   #5
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Remember folks, lee71 has only 128 MB of ram.

The distros you recommend are fine if lee71 had more memory on the system.

I would recommend PClinuxOS LXDE edition
http://www.pclinuxos.com/?page_id=188

It is lightweight and is user friendly. It installs free and non-free codecs for the system and the web including Nvidia, ATI and fglrx driver support.

Last edited by dv502; 12-02-2010 at 12:45 AM.
 
Old 12-02-2010, 12:45 AM   #6
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There are literally hundreds of distributions of Linux, and asking which to start with is like asking people what their favorite sports team is. My suggestion: try one for several months, and then reinstall with another. Try several and figure out what you like. If you have sufficient hard drive space, you could even install several, one into each partition (in a multiboot setup).

You can most definitely load Linux on your machine. Gnome and KDE are default desktop environments on most Linux distributions, but might not work very well with such limited RAM; there are alternatives (such as XFCE mentioned above), and you'll want to experiment until you find one you like. It would be a good excuse to learn the command line, if you're into that kind of thing.
 
Old 12-02-2010, 01:16 AM   #7
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There are literally hundreds of distributions of Linux, and asking which to start with is like asking people what their favorite sports team is.
True, but lee71 wouldn't know which of those distributions are aim for beginners and which are aim for intermediate+ users. Also, there will be some specialty distros for one purpose only like firewalling/gateway router and system rescue.

I suggested PClinuxOS LXDE because of lee71's low system memory of 128 MB.

It doesn't hurt to give suggestions to people who never used or heard of linux and thus guide them to the right direction.

- Cheers

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Old 12-02-2010, 03:18 AM   #8
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I didn't say it wasn't. I was just helping him understand that "the best" "Linux version" "for a first time user" is highly controversial. I didn't want to see him corralled into something and despair, leaving Linux, because he got the wrong fit for him. He needs to know that installing and reinstalling Linux will be normal at first. To put it bluntly, he doesn't need to pick one and only one distro from this thread. He can, and should, try all of the ones that sound interesting to him.

Now by all means, suggest away.
 
Old 12-02-2010, 03:28 AM   #9
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one distro that I have had a bit of fun with on a very low powered system was Peppermint or puppy linux they are both lightweights .and fairly beginner friendly.
 
Old 12-02-2010, 12:26 PM   #10
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Right. You've only got 256MB, so you don't want something like Ubuntu that recommends a minimum of 384MB. You're a beginner, so you don't want something that is aimed at the experienced user, like Slackware.

The distro's that will keep you and your Dell happy are Puppy, CrunchBang, Slitaz, and Salix (Xfce version). Read the reviews on this site and check more details at http://distrowatch.com Get a live CD or two; they let you try a distro without actually installing it on your hard drive. These four are all reliable (I've used them) and distinctive, so you're bound to like one of them.

This site is about Ubuntu, but still a good quick guide to how Linux and Windows differ:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Sw...tu/FromWindows
 
Old 12-02-2010, 12:29 PM   #11
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ttylinux for command line

Think it works in 16Mb machines
 
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You would have an easier time learning Linux if you install it on your newer, faster Dell computer (instead of your old HP with 128mb ram). Most of the "user-friendly" distributions (Ubuntu, Mint, etc.) have higher system requirements. Installing Linux on very old hardware can be a challenge, maybe not a good first project.

You don't have to get rid of Windows, either. Check out these tutorials for two methods install Ubuntu "inside of" Windows:

http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/virtualbox
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/wubi
 
Old 12-02-2010, 01:09 PM   #13
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ttylinux for command line

Think it works in 16Mb machines
Miles away from beginner friendly.

I would recommend a distro that offers a lightweight desktop environment, like Lubuntu or PCLinuxOS with LXDE. Or something that comes with a good configured Windowmanager, like Crunchbang.
 
Old 12-02-2010, 02:24 PM   #14
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I want to thank everyone for all the beginner Linux suggestions. I'll review them all again before I try anything. I would like to get something with the lowest memory requirement for the HP. The Dell is used for some business work as well as general use, and am afraid I might foul something up on it.
 
Old 12-02-2010, 03:09 PM   #15
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I want to thank everyone for all the beginner Linux suggestions. I'll review them all again before I try anything. I would like to get something with the lowest memory requirement for the HP. The Dell is used for some business work as well as general use, and am afraid I might foul something up on it.
You might wish to try a "live "version until you get used to how Linux works on the Dell (it won't cause any problems because you are not installing it)just a way for you to get more of a feel for the OSs.
 
  


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