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Old 03-15-2004, 07:26 PM   #1
johnnyblade
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I'm in need of a good, fast, reliable, and relatively painless distro for my aging PC


I haven't posted here before, but it looks promising, anyway, I've been using Linux for nearly 3 years now, and I love it to death, it's getting to the point where I almost don't know how to use Windoze anymore, which I think is a good thing, I started out using Mandrake 7.2 then I switched to RedHat 7.2 almost 2 years ago and have been using it ever since, but with all the new stuff out there like GCC 3, the 2.6 kernel, etc. I figured it was time for a new distro, I'm an intermediate to advanced Linux user these days, I can do just about everything I need to from the command line and when I do need a GUI I hop into KDE, I'm sure many of you prefer fluxbox, or window maker, or a handful of others but I learned Linux through KDE and I like it, so sue me. Anyway, I'm getting OT, like I say I'm no newbie when it comes to using Linux, but RH7.2 ain't cuttin' it anymore, I'm looking for a good rock solid distro with a painless install, ReiserFS support (although ext3 works just fine too), and KDE, it needs to be pretty non-demanding, because my computer is a bit old, and I'm convinced that with the right distro, I won't have to upgrade my hardware for at least another year, after seeing my specs you may or may not agree with me, but I don't give a sh*t. ANYway, I've been staring real hard at SuSE and Debian, and I'm leaning toward Debain but I haven't made a "concrete" decision yet, a rather big obstacle for me is that while I have a broadband internet connection I don't have a CD burner, (that works anyway) so I'll have to do a hard-drive install, because I don't like the idea of doing a network install, the concept just makes me nervous, but that's just one man's opinion you may or may not have done it and it worked fine, but I myself don't like the idea, so a hard-drive install seems to be my only option, I have already downloaded Debian, just in case because I'll probably end up using it unless someone else can think of a better distro, but if I do decide to go ahead and use Debian, I would like to know what file I need to create a boot floppy, how difficult the install will be, and if there are any special circumstances I need to take into consideration, as I said earlier I love Linux to death, and I refuse to ever put any M$ software on my computer at anytime, any help, opinions, or advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated, my system specs are as follows,

AMD K6-2 550mhz
192MB SDRAM
(2) 20GB HD 1. - Linux 2. - BeOS/misc storage partition
Realtek 8139too NIC
ATI Rage128
24x CD-rom (it's actually a 4x4x24 CD-RW but I can't get it to work, I suspect it's unsupported, but I rarely burn CDs and it's the fastest one I have right now, if you'd like more info on that e-mail me, johnnybl@sdf.lonestar.org)
 
Old 03-15-2004, 07:58 PM   #2
frandalla
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Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Tokyo - Japan
Distribution: Slackware
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I think a good suggestion for you College Linux, a slackware based distro with easy install and with the stability from slackware... slackware is well known for being "friendly" with old hardware. I'm sure you both well get along well.
http://collegelinux.org/
 
Old 03-15-2004, 11:46 PM   #3
johnnyblade
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Alright smartass, I checked out the CL site, I like the features, everything looks pretty good, but how do I do a hard-drive install as I made perfectly clear in my admittedly long message? all CL gives me is an ISO image, and my burner doesn't work, so it doesn't do a damn thing for me, I apologize for sounding short, but the RH9.0 installer screwed up my computer a week ago, and keeps crashing so my computer is blank right now, I've been using my mom's Windoze piece of crap PC for a few days now which is too long, and my patience is wearing thin, I just want to download a Linux distro, transfer the install files to a blank FAT32 partition on my computer, and get back to using a decent f*cking OS, if I knew I was gonna go through this much bullsh*t I would've never tried to update my system in the first place *pauses to light a cig* now CL looks like a good distro, but how in the name of F*ck do I do a g*d-d*mn hard-drive install?
 
Old 03-16-2004, 12:35 AM   #4
Rotwang
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Registered: Jan 2004
Distribution: CentOS
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I just read your post and I'm in need of a good, fast, reliable line break.

And how do you light a cigarrette and type "pauses to light a cigarette" at the same time? you're so dexterous, johnny.

I think you can get the base debian network installer on floppies, and then get on the network and get the rest. And let me tell you, johnny- you and the debian installer were made for each other.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 06:58 PM   #5
johnnyblade
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UPDATE: I'm happy to report that I FINALLY got Linux up and running on my system, and I'm using it right now, I'm finally free of the windos reign of terror, and no, I didn't forget the "w" in windos, I call it windos because I think it's appropiate when you consider how much DOS code they've recycled into it, anyway I'm getting OT, and to satisfy any curiousity, I decided on Mandrake, the hard-drive install was silky smooth, (like a Camel Filter cigarette, love that Turkish Domestic blend ;-)) I got it formatted for ReiserFS, and after some tweaking and a new 2.6 kernel, it runs perfectly on my computer, I would thank you all, but none of you helped so i won't, that about does it, so, good-bye!
 
  


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