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Old 06-18-2005, 01:10 PM   #1
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Another "Which Distro" Thread...

After having used Fedora Core 3 for a little while it has started to play up, and I also want to set up a dual-boot 98/linux system, and so I am going to reinstall everything. However, I wanted to know if there was a distro better suited to my needs than FC3 before I reinstall. My system specs are:

PIII 500mhz
320mb Ram
Geforce4 MX 440
DWL-520+ Wireless Network Card
8gig, 5gig, 3gig hard drives
DVD Drive (that doesn't support burnt DVD's)

As such, I need a system that runs as efficiently and as quickly as possible. Performance with FC3 was actually quite reasonable, however if there is anything that would run faster then of course that would be better.

The machine will mainly be used for running DVD's, Movies and MP3's, but also needs to run Firefox, OpenOffice and GAIM (or some other MSN Client). I Need the distro to run:

Movies + DVD's
DivX (if possible, i know it's a slow machine but FC3 seemed to handle small DivX Files)
TV Out Support (if possible, my MX440 isn't too good at it apparently)
Internet (Firefox, Gaim, etc)
Word Processor (Open Office)
Some game Emulators (Zsnes mainly, possibly Gens)

I also require the distro to be user (read Noob) friendly, preferably with something like Synaptic Package Manager (as on FC3) to help me with installing files etc. A windows-like GUI and desktop environment are a must. It is OK if the distro requires a lot of "setting up", just so long as it is well documented. Last but not least, I need it to support my network card (which can be done by installing acx100 drivers from

It may turn out that Fedora Core 4 is still my best bet, but I thought i'd ask anyway. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
Old 06-18-2005, 02:22 PM   #2
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Old 06-18-2005, 03:06 PM   #3
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Take a look at alinux. Its a little, one man distro thats been around for years. The newest release concentrates on multimedia. I'm finding it quite nice but I havn't really tapped the surface yet.
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Old 06-18-2005, 07:53 PM   #5
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I dual boot win 98 and Mandrake 10 & 10.1 on systems close to those specs, some faster some slower.
Probably the thing I like about Mandrake is the ease to set up a dual boot and ease of installation

Is the wireless card supported though, and some have issues with the MX440

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suse, mandriva, ubuntu, fedora4, or mepis are all good starter distros - check them all out at

good luck with it
Old 06-19-2005, 03:37 AM   #7
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Thanks for the replies! I think i'll definately check out Mandrake, and i'll look into the others you suggest. Thanks for the help.


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