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Old 05-07-2007, 07:38 AM   #1
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O/S questions

ok, here it goes, is it better,to have a previously installed O/S on the computer be for you try to attemt to install linux of any sort on to it? For example, have windows 98 installed be for you install linux, and so on. The reason i ask is because i recently aquired about 4 coputers, and would like to give the linux thing a try. any help will be greatly apreceated! thanks.

(p.s. sorry for the newbie-ish terminoligy, dont exactly know much about linux, just starting to learn!!)
Old 05-07-2007, 07:41 AM   #2
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I really think it depends on how "deep" you want to "dive" into linux. If you are highly dependent on Windows or don't have a spare computer to install Windows on I would recommend installing Windows first and Linux second. But if you have the time / hardware to spare I would install linux on a separate machine and use it as your main machine. This I believe is truly the only way to learn how to use linux, you have to force yourself to use it.

P.S. Welcome to the forums. These forums are extremely helpful. Let us know if you have any more questions.

Old 05-07-2007, 08:00 AM   #3
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Sounds like you have the potential for a great setup. I would get a router (I use a linksys; there are other good ones). Go ahead an install 98 or XP on one of your computers and make sure you can connect to the internet through your router. Then go to and decide which distro you want to try. Any distro on the top ten will get you good support on this forum, because there will be lots of other people using it. Download the disto's iso file and burn it to a cd. Boot one of your other computers with the cd and install it to disk. I would recommend a clean install with the disk completely reformatted. If the cd you downloaded is a live cd, you can play with the distro for a while before you install.

If you like the distro, install it on the rest or your boxes. If not, keep it and install a different one on another box. Keep experimenting until you know what you like.
Old 05-08-2007, 06:27 AM   #4
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ok, thanks, now hears part two of my question: The reason for asking question 1 was because I recently found 2 1/2 computers in the trash. I knew when i was getting them that they wouldnt be the latest and greatest(or why else would they be in the trash right?)but any way, the one ive got to boot so far has windows 98 on it with 32 megs of ram. It also has like a 3 gig hard drive, CD Drive, and of corse, a floppy drive. Now with that out of the way, is this machine capable of running a full blown linux distro, with a graphical interface. And if so, which distro would you recommend for a noobie like myself? I do have some computer skills, but not a whole lot of programming knowledge. Im not expecting to be playing any new games on it, but i would like to learn the ways of linux. oh btw, it is a spare computer, ive got another gamming rigg with 'xp on it, so this "new" one could become a full blown linux beast.

thank for any input
Old 05-08-2007, 07:18 AM   #5
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With 32 MB ram your probably talking Pentium II 233, or thereabouts. Running KDE would be comical, gnome wouldn't be much better, but you could try a light weight desktop like fluxbox. The best thing to do is download the latest Knoppix live CD:

Burn it, boot it, but hit F1 for help so you can see how to load fluxbox.
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For a PC with that little RAM I would look at the lightweigh Distros

DSL (Damn Small Linux)
Vector Linux

Distrowatch Search Linux for Old Computers
Old 05-08-2007, 08:40 AM   #7
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Nice link there, farslayer. Didn't realize DistroWatch included that.
Old 05-08-2007, 10:57 AM   #8
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thanks a million guys, and agian, i appologize for the newbieness that i have shown, i know how frustrating it can be trying to show someone something with out actually being there!!!


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