What I would suggest to you, is to try Knoppix. Knoppix is a boot-from-cd distribution, however can also be installed to a drive. I would suggest testing Knoppix out before installing. If it is suitable, you can install it with the command knx2hd, if I remember correctly. If that isn't the command, at the console type knx (then hit tab) and you should get commands you can use. One of those should invoke the installer.
If Knoppix doesn't work for you, try out Damn Small Linux. This is also bootable from a CD, as well as the ability to be put on a drive. I'm not sure what the command to invoke HDD installation is though.
The good news, being both bootable, you can `test` them and get a general feel on if the system will be able to handle it.
NOTE, however, that it may and probably will go slower running from CD then being on HD. That's cause it's got to pull files off the CD. That could slow things down if your running from a 5x drive.
Another distro you could try is slackware, although it's not for those who are timid!
Some of the distro's I would not reccemend for a slow computer is
*Fedora Core (any)
The above listed distros are coded for faster systems.
If it is under 400 Mhz I would NOT reccemend use of:
use instead something like ICEWM or Windowmaker
If you don't want to learn how to install something like ICEWM or Windowmaker, then again, would point to you giving out Damn Small Linux a try. It has a very basic window manager that will save resources.
Last edited by jon_k; 11-05-2004 at 07:39 PM.