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Old 01-17-2007, 12:17 PM   #1
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Mandriva 2007

Hello Linux Users,
I am very, very new to Linux, but know enough about Unix to really get into serious trouble

I downloaded Mandriva 2007 mini iso, and hope this isn't installs just fine. But all I get is the login / command prompt (like a Unix login)
No GUI screens, just access to root.
Is it because I downloaded the mini iso file?

I have other questions about Ubuntu 6.10, but will work on one thing at a time.

I have about 40 some odd Dell Opti Plex PIII's, 256RAM, 10 to 40 gig hdd, 600mhz systems. What would you folks suggest would be the best desktop system for those?
Hope to plant some of them in a Internet Cafe, and if possible, try to stay away from Windows

Thanks all, hope to be of help down the line myself.
Old 01-17-2007, 08:16 PM   #2
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First off, welcome to the world of Linux & the sub-world of LQ!

For your issue, it was probably due to X Windows wasn't on the disc (that's the program that gives you a GUI). Type startx at root and see what happens (although you should never run root like a casual user unless you are doing system administration).

As for your pcs, it's hard to say what would work best. It's pretty much the same answer all around, try what you like best. I'd recommend you use what you know best.

I'm assuming that your Internet Cafe will be used by average joe, so a KDE-like desktop will probably be the best choice.

openSuSE is nice, but it might be a little slow on a PIII. I'm leaning towards MEPIS or PCLinuxOS. Like I said, get experience with a distro(s) because you'll probably be the tech support.
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Originally Posted by tf37
I have about 40 some odd Dell Opti Plex PIII's, 256RAM, 10 to 40 gig hdd, 600mhz systems. What would you folks suggest would be the best desktop system for those?
I was finding 256MB RAM and a 500MHz processor lacking with distributions like Mandriva. (I have since upgraded my hardware.) If you are dissatified with the speed you may want to try something like Vector Linux. It is not a "full feature" distro but has some great features.
Debian and Slackware with wise software choices can be the fastest on older hardware. On slightly older hardware a change in window manager can be all that is needed making any distribution acceptable.
Good Luck.

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Old 01-18-2007, 12:10 AM   #4
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Mandrava 2007 - Ubuntu 6.10

Thank You All Very Much
I have loaded Ubuntu 6.10 on the Opti Plex PIII's - 600mhz, and it appears to work rather well for now.
Not sluggish at all that I can see.
Only issue I had was the CS4236 sound card.
Able to resolve that: login at the terminal - sudo
chmod 666 modules
vi the file and add
snd-cs4236 (found that info somewhere around here I think - thanks)
shift: wq!
chmod 644 back rw-r-r
reboot, sound works
Next Ubuntu challange will be printers, or modems I suppose.
These have built in NIC's and it picked that right up.

I'm trying the 2007 on a PIII 1GHz, 256RAM, 40gig hdd.
Been loading since this afternoon...copy the files to hdd...gosh it is slow, but read somewhere be prepared to spend over 3 hours on it.

On the startx, I guess I can download that if needed?
Anyway, again, many many thanks
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Try running urpmi kde if startx fails. This should give you all of the X server files & a KDE desktop (I found that KDE worked better with mandriva than gnome).
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