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Old 11-23-2013, 04:40 PM   #1
3wheels1life
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Best Distro (with GUI) for Emachines 566i2 Computer


Hi everyone,

I have an eMachines 566i2 computer (specs here and here) that I would like to use Linux on.
I need a graphical user environment, not just a terminal, and I would like to be able to use an Ethernet adapter or WiFi for high speed internet. To give you an idea of how old it is, this computer came with Windows ME and dial-up.

I run Ubuntu on my other computers, so something based on Debian/Ubuntu would be easiest for me to use and learn.

Thanks in advance.

-3wheels1life
 
Old 11-23-2013, 05:36 PM   #2
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Good thing about linux is that you can try distro without installing. You need unetbootin and usb key. You can follow these instructions.

however in most cases ubuntu will do just fine, just instal other Desktop environment like Openbox if you want some speed.
 
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:34 PM   #3
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With 256 MB of RAM, it will be tough to get good performance out of a full-featured contemporary distro.

You might want to look at TinyCore; at least you can boot to a Live version of it and see how it performs. http://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/

Wikipedia names has an article on light-weight Linux that names several candidates: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightw...x_distribution
 
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:01 PM   #4
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Hello. (Upgradeable cheep?) Try many live like yooy mentioned (Ubuntu is not easily as flexible as others is still cool but) if you can burn DVDs\CDs as you can see from the first link in my signature also suggest trying others to see what works well on that hardware (probable lightweight like TinyCore\frankbell , Crunchbanb or most+D-tops as Xfce\Lxde\Jwd, on&on,,, etc) I love flipping "old hardware" to use VLC and again on...

Edit\add: upgradeable++

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Old 11-23-2013, 10:17 PM   #5
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My wife dug a 3507 out of a alley dumpster. It has better specs than what you posted for a processor.
I invested in upgrading ram by 512MB so it runs on 1gig of ram now. Wireless usb g.
Total cost I think was 15 bucks.

http://antix.freeforums.org/post21085.html#p21085
http://antix.freeforums.org/adventur...507-t3209.html

Those links show when I had just 512MB of ram which was originally in the desktop.
Bumping the ram up to 1gig from 512MB made it easier to do this with it.

http://www.screenr.com/bMh8

256MB of ram is going to make browsing hard with a heavy browser. I would run netsurf
or midori maybe if you aint going to upgrade the ram. The processor you have won't
support flash 11.2 nonfree (debian). AntiX ships with Dillo and Links2 as well as Iceweasel
which is just Firefox with a different name. AntiX ships though with flash 10.3 on
the 32 bit downloads though so the processor demand is not as bad as 11.2.

Slitaz may be a good one for you also at 256MB of ram on a pentium 3.

Another install I run where a user said good things about your specs was
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtop...=733269#733269

Scroll up the thread page if you want to see what I did with that Linux install.
Look through the thread for a active iso download link. Good luck.

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Old 11-24-2013, 11:28 AM   #6
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Friends, family, coworkers, local business, charities, thrift stores, dumpsters, left out by curb for trash collector--whatever is necessary to upgrade your hardware, you don't necessarily need to spend much cash. For example a Raspberry Pi costs $40 brand new, comes with Linux, and would be a major upgrade in performance over your eMachine. If you live in the US then check out the Black Friday sales in a few days.

It is time to retire and recycle your eMachine in my opinion/experience.
 
Old 11-24-2013, 11:31 AM   #7
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One Man's trash...

Edit\Add: (Déjà vu) P.S: it's a tad more for an up and running Pi but alongside that "" would be a full blown computer lab. The main problem with only 256MB of RAM is you can only run one major app at a time (so why buy a stereo, DVD-player, TV, on&on,,, if you use Linuces on cheep or even free stuff?)

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Old 11-24-2013, 01:00 PM   #8
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566MHz + 32MB of RAM, or do you have the 256MB "max"? Debian?

It's a little rough maneuvering in modern linux with < 0.5Gb of RAM. Something that limited would have trouble playing youtube videos in my opinion. Maybe you could trade it at goodwill plus a couple bucks for a better piece of hardware. You can get some pretty decent specs for < $100 these days for new. More so with arm based processors, some of which come with 2GB of RAM and multiple cores.

I have a PII with worse specs, but I'll probably never turn it on again. I have a couple eMachines too, but they're better specs than that one. Not much better, but still better. I have a couple usb linux installs that I can boot on old machines like that. But you'll likely have to use a grub boot CD to boot the USB. And that one could be USB 1.1 and extra slow. Yours could probably do internet radio, or play CDs, but usage wise, outside of non-media site browsing / forums, not much for frills on that one.
 
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Old 11-24-2013, 01:13 PM   #9
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