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Old 12-03-2007, 08:27 PM   #1
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newbie overwhelmed by distro choices


I've read a few threads offering advice on which version of Linux to install on a given computer and, as a newbie, I'm a bit overwhelmed.

I have a NEC Versa 6230 laptop, Pentium 233 mHz, 3 gig HD. At the moment it's running Windows 2000 pretty well, mostly internet access using Firefox with the help of a Lucent Wavelan pcmcia card. But the OS is slow to boot up and it's not as fast as I'd like when running Firefox.

99% of the time it will only be used to access the internet, e-mail via webmail, and perhaps Yahoo Messenger (I've heard there's a Linux version availble). A windows-like or Mac OS GUI would be nice, but even that is not all that important.

As a newbie, I would prefer an easy install (that works with my wireless card), and provides a noticeable improvement in boot up and operating speed over Windows 2000.

I've explored Mepis, Vector, Fluxbuntu,DSL and other and realized there's no definitive answer as to the "best" distro. However, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Spence
 
Old 12-03-2007, 08:31 PM   #2
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See my signature for distros for older computers
I have gotten Xubuntu to install on a 2gb harddrive before, but not much room to do much
I would just try a bunch of distro till you find one you like
 
Old 12-03-2007, 11:33 PM   #3
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My suggestion to you is Slackware but it may need some customizations.
 
Old 12-05-2007, 10:53 PM   #4
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I would try debian netinst, when you're done, the base will installed around 500mb. Then install Xserver, firefox and whatever else you may need as you need it. A light desktop environment would be better than KDE or Gnome.

I did this with a 233mhz IMB Thinkpad. I put Fluxbox for desktop on it.
 
Old 12-06-2007, 08:00 PM   #5
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Will it be obvious, Fred, how to download the driver for my Lucent Wavelan pcmcia card?
 
Old 12-06-2007, 08:19 PM   #6
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Or, just to throw a suggestion in here, install Ubuntu. Not traditional of course. Get the mini install that is 8 megabytes. Don't install anything beside the base install, and it will "drop you in a terminal", then you can simply install a gui from there. It makes for a very small install.
 
Old 12-07-2007, 12:48 AM   #7
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Will it be obvious, Fred, how to download the driver for my Lucent Wavelan pcmcia card?
Not sure. At the time I did it, I was using a wired nic(3com) that worked without issues. The Thinkpad is so old that I hardly use it now.

You may find out what driver that card use and put it on a usb thumb drive and have it ready once the install is done.
 
  


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