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my freind wants me to put linux on his computer, he is not a programmer, a gamer, he does nothing but word processing and internet browsing on his computer, making him a perfect candidate for desktop linux.
I am looking for a distro that comes with KDE, but is not so bloated that it wont run on a pentium III 500mhz with 128 megs of ram. I may supliment his ram with some extra sticks i have lying around, but i still need a somewhat lightweight distro thats verry noob freindly.
PS; i was thinking about mandrake, but i am afraid that it will be too bloated. do any mandrake users know if its easy to trim the extra crap (like unneeded deamons) from it? also, does the install process allow you to bypass installing extra stuff you personally may not need?
You can Mandrake down to a fairly minimal install if you like, just choosing what's needed. Then again you will probably still end up with a CD-sized install. Maybe try Mepis/Knoppix as they are two fairly comprehensive and lightweight n00b-orientated distros. Main problem is that KDE and lightweight don't really mix and using fluxbox won't make very much difference if you don't cut out the bloat.
Yes apologies, Mepis/Knoppix are not exactly lightweight. Problem is lightweight=minimal=(usually)not newb friendly.
I could have suggested DSL, Puppy, Feather, Bonzai etc, but these may not be suitable for a complete beginner, it depends.
What I meant about Knoppix was that even a slimmed down Mandrake/Suse etc install will usually run into 1gig or so, maybe a bit less. I suggested them, as you say, too because they are live cds and will give the guy a feel for linux in general before making a decision.
>I am looking for a distro that comes with KDE, but is not so bloated that it wont run on a pentium III 500mhz with 128 megs of ram. I may supliment his ram with some extra sticks i have lying around, but i still need a somewhat lightweight distro thats verry noob freindly.
That's the question the answer is Suse 9.1 personal. IMHO and will be more than fine on that hardware. For Open Office slip in an extra 32 or 64MB of Ram.