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Old 12-04-2006, 06:30 PM   #1
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I have been a long time user of Windows and want to try out Linux to see what the hype's about. I've got an old computer (Pentium 2, 128MB RAM and a 4MB Video card). And the hard drive's only 10GB.

I currently have Windows 2000 installed on the hard drive. I want to keep this and partition the hard drive so I can install Linux along with Windows 2000.

Can people please make some reccomendations on which Linux distribution would be the best. I prefer a stable operating system with good compatibality with software and especially hardware(almost all hardware in the computer's at least 5 years old).

If you post a recommendation could you please let me know the goods and the bads about the distribution?

Thanks to anyone who helps.
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Old 12-04-2006, 06:39 PM   #2
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If you are a complete Linux newbie, then I would suggest OpenSuSE ( If you are proficient with computers and have a good knowledge about file systems and your hardware, then I'd suggest Ubuntu ( In either case, it wouldn't hurt to get a Linux book for beginners or read the documentation and wiki's carefully. Don't expect everything to work right out of the box, but once your system is properly configured, you probably won't look back to Windows, because Linux 'just works'.

Good luck.
Old 12-04-2006, 08:32 PM   #3
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PCLinuxOS .92

This is the distro I use and recommend, Why because it works right out of the box. No need to configure Everything, everything just works. It also comes as a 1 CD install that is a live CD that you can install later if you wish.




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