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Old 05-25-2003, 09:36 PM   #1
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n00b-friendly distro with KDE for Pentium133??


Hi, everybody!
Its my first post and I have question........

I have an old PC with Pentium 133MHz, 32 MB RAM, 2GB hard drive, and it is running windoze 95. The system is extremely slow and unstable, so I decided to install Linux on this ancient box.
I suppose the distro will have to be very slim and fast on old hardware, but at the same time it should offer most modern apps for internet(browsing, chat, mail) and some office work.
I'm not a Linux guru, so I'd like a distro that is easy to set up(like mandrake od redhat, but without the bloat).

Also, dowload size is an issue, since I will use an ISDN 64 kbps line.
I can't make up my mind from the tiny exotic distros I saw on distrowatch (arch, vector, bonzai,....).
What do you think?

Alek
 
Old 05-25-2003, 10:34 PM   #2
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n00b-friendly distro with KDE for Pentium133??
No KDE.
Vector is probably your best choice.
 
Old 05-26-2003, 06:16 AM   #3
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kde will disappoint him. go with a window manager instead of a desktop environment.


blackbox would be a good choice. debian is the distro i would use in this situation
 
Old 05-26-2003, 06:37 AM   #4
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debian is the distro i would use in this situation
So would I.
But Vector has a much easier default install for just this situation.
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its my first post and I have question........
 
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What about mini-woody (Bonzai)?

Thanks.

What about mini-woody (Bonzai)?
I dowloaded it yesterday,
The whole download is 180MB and it has all the basics plus X..
Oh...and its based on Debian...
 
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here's some links for mini-woody:

http://www.linuxcompatible.org/print19231.html
https://developer.berlios.de/projects/bonzai
http://www.gnulinux.de/downloads/bonzai_1_5_selections
http://www.debianplanet.org/index.php?or=4

What do you think?
And what about Arch? I've read its got some cool features.
"Arch has a package build system that allows you to easily create your own packages, which makes it very easy to rebuild a package with your own custom configuration"
 
Old 05-26-2003, 12:31 PM   #7
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Slack/Debian with a light Window Manager such as Fluxbox/Sawfish/WindowMaker...
 
Old 05-26-2003, 01:59 PM   #8
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Ive got an old system like that, and the best ive seen is:

Morphix Light GUI. Its a LiveCD , but it can easily be installed on your harddrive for better performance.

Its only 200MB, it uses XFCE4, a really powerful, light DE. Its got Phoenix for web browsing (light Mozilla), plenty of IRC stuff, and it comes w/ Abiword for Word Processing, a great word processor.

Its probobly the easist distro to install as well, you just run the setup program from an already running system and it asks you to partition your drive the way you want, then it installs, done.

Plus, its debian, so you can use Apt if you ever needed to.
 
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Thanks contrasutra

Morphix seems perfect... :-)
I'm downloading it now and can't wait to experiment with it.

With the features it has, I see it as a good system even for powerful machines. Its easily expandable(apt) and it has a sound base.

I also heard good things about Libranet...Extremely good things, expecially for the 2.8 version. Its Debian based, but is slick as RedHat and Mandrake and it has wonderful configuration tools.
Can I download Libranet for free from somewhere? To try of course...
 
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has anybody tried Morhpix?
I'd appreciate some comments since I'm sceptical about the quality of the distro. I mean its 0.36 version, so its sounds like bugs galore.
At this point I don't have time for testing betas... Is Morphix stable enough and does it have all the nessecary features?
 
Old 05-26-2003, 10:21 PM   #11
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It was taken off of Knoppix, a very stable LiveCD, which was taken off of Debian, a very stable distro.

Yeah, the project just started, but pretty much the only things they've done is divided up Knoppix into different categories so far. So it still retains Knoppix stability, but you download just what you want.
 
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thanks man,
download is under way
 
  


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