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Old 11-20-2006, 06:23 PM   #1
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Installation of Linux

Just registered and a first time poster. I am curious about Linux as I have heard so much about it. What i want to do is reformat an old computer (Pentium with MMX 233 Mhz and 6.5 GB HD - Win2000 Pro) and just put Linux on it to play around with it. Limited, I know, but doing just to see what it is like and get a feel for it.

My questions are: 1). Can I do the reformat and just have Linux on it and 2). any idea which Linux to use for this purpose?

Thanks in advance for any help and advice
Old 11-20-2006, 07:12 PM   #2
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Yes, wiping Windows is not a problem and installing Linux is encouraged

You may want to browse to get a feeling of the most popular distributions. The best choice though is to try a few our for yourself and decide on your own which on you like best.
Old 11-20-2006, 07:29 PM   #3
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Thanks! Will check it out and appreciate the advice.
Old 11-22-2006, 01:30 PM   #4
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I am running a similar setup. Currently I have a dual-boot with Windows95 and Linux on the same computer, but in your case I would recommend reformatting the HD and going only Linux. I use Minislack as my distro, but it is now Zenwalk. That is Slackware based and the learning curve might be a little steep if you are new to Linux. You don't want to run the newer versions of KDE or GNOME since they will hog all your system resources. Look for an old distro (such as RH9) or a smaller distro. You might try Xubuntu. You probably want to use XFCE so look for a distro that has that as the window manager.
Old 11-22-2006, 03:30 PM   #5
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Make sure that an older one is still supported if you want to use it on the internet. RH9 is no longer supported, so no new updates available to fix recently discovered security vulnerabilities.
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PCLinuxOS remaster Sam Linux might be what you're looking for. I have no experience with Sam Linux, but I love PCLinuxOS to death.
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Well, I ended up trying DamnSmallLinux as SAM was still too big and would hang up after a certain point. So far, though slow, it looks good! Thanks for the help!


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