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Old 12-11-2004, 01:45 PM   #1
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Linux an a 200mHz PC

I want to put linux on a old 200 MHz PC with 2 GB of disk space.
It will only be used for Internet and open office.

At this moment it uses windows 98, but it runs very slow.

The user will be a computer hating lady without any knowledge of Linux. So I need a Windows look a like distri with the basic programs.

I want to install linux but which one?

Mandrake, Knoppix or .............?

Thanks. 64 Bit Frankie
Old 12-11-2004, 03:10 PM   #2
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Just stick on slackware with fvwm95 as the window manager.
Old 12-11-2004, 06:46 PM   #3
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Same as previous poster. But drop Open Office and install AbiWord, Gnumeric. the are way better considering your hardware(lighter and faster)
Old 12-11-2004, 07:03 PM   #4
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vector linux is for you. it's based on slack and is easy to configure + comes with the apps you need. she'll find icewm (win95 lookalike) easy to navigate
Old 12-11-2004, 07:27 PM   #5
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Thats also a great choice. and you canalways use Slack's pkgtool to add any Slack binaries you may add!
Old 12-11-2004, 07:45 PM   #6
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I stuck Mandrake 7.2 on my sons computer.
Pentium 200
64 Mb Ram, 4 Gb HDD
runs OK but games are sloooow
needs better vid card but not worth buying
easy to set up for a newbie, in fact my son ( 11 yr old ) did it with me looking over his shoulder.

live long and prosper
Old 12-11-2004, 08:21 PM   #7
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Someone else pointed to Vector Linux and I would recommend the same. Gives new life to older hardware and very stable.
Old 12-11-2004, 08:52 PM   #8
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if it uses an i686 yoper would be the fastest distro for it. stick xfce or another lightweight WM on it and itll be as good as new.

better actually, since it came preinstalled with windows.
Old 12-12-2004, 03:50 PM   #9
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i agree with the above, but i want to repeat what GCR said: don't use OpenOffice.
Old 12-12-2004, 11:03 PM   #10
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Agreed, my 750 duron can barely handle openoffice.

I'd say feather.It's very similer to damnsmalllinux but somewhat smoother(plus it comes with MPlayer pre-packed ^^).You can use mydsl extensions for it too(theres guide in the feather forums).


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