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Hi folks. I'm an old retread COBOL code wolloper who's been working in Solaris and newer stuff the past few years. Tried Linus back a few years ago (on a 486 - that long), but family revolted. Now restarting with an OLD 450 Mhz K6-2 box (dog slow in Gnome) and the latest Fedora distrib. I've weaned the family off of most MS apps and everybody uses Firefox and OpenOffice now, so the shock isn't too great. This box will be (for now) the "extra" browser and office SW machine for homework, etc.
I find I've forgotten the bit of Linux I learned back then and need some pointers.
Where's the best place to get config info for XFCE? It runs a bit better than Gnome but doesn't install all the application shortcuts, etc. for everybody.
Greetings from a Michigan expatriate. I was raised in the UP, but that was a long time ago. You're in for a major bit of culture shock, but keep after it, and you'll be OK.
Xfce is not the lightweight desktop it once was, and your box is pretty minimal, but it should work OK. Any of the major distributions will have it available. I recommend Debian (of course, since that's what I use,) but try to keep whatever distro you choose somewhat stripped down.
Plan on reinstalling a couple or three times before you get things just right. That's a good learning experience anyway. One recommendation: Set up /home on a separate partition. You'll need about 8-9 gigabytes for the rest of the OS.
Thanks - I've been looking at the XFCE site and found the docs not too well organized, but then maybe I'm being lazy too. Once upon a time, I spent days and days getting Red Hat 5 to load asking nary a question. I've lost the habit of manual reading, I suppose; comes with being the guy everybody else asks the stupid questions of and I should know better.
Also, and sincerely, thanks for the pointer to esr's "How to not be a luser" article. I think I read that once a long time ago. Needed a refresher.