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Old 03-17-2005, 09:21 PM   #1
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I am putting together a box out of old parts. p1, 233, 32MB EDO ram. Thinking bout Vector with xfce and abiword. For kids through our local 'project connect'. Have plenty of old hdd - 1gb to 6gb. Would appreciate any input as to if this is near best solution or should I try something else. Price kids pay is they install under my direction and learn basic admin tasks. Install should be fairly straightforward and noob oriented. TIA
Old 03-18-2005, 07:09 AM   #2
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As vector is a Slackware, it's probably the best choice. I recommend you to use a separate small hd for swap. Have fun.
Old 03-18-2005, 07:56 AM   #3
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I have a laptop with a P150MMX, and 32MB RAM. I use Matchbox as a window manager. It is easy to use, and IMO well-suited for childrens. For a more conventional Window manager, as you have a slightly more powerfull PC, I suggest IceWM.

The distribution I chose is Mandrake9.1. It is easy to install, even though I had to use the text-mode install. Mandrake 10.0 wouldn't install (perl errors; I did not have them with the other PC...) on this laptop.

Gnome/gtk applications usually run faster and take less resources than KDE/qt applications on this laptop.
Generally, if something can be done in text mode, it is better so. Many text mode tools (especially CD players) almost look like graphical tools now!

For office work, OO.o takes more than 5 minutes to load, but is actually usable on a single short document, once loaded. Yet I don't recomand it. Instead, abiword+gnumeric is indeed a good choice.

For graphics, Gimp runs really fine.

For internet connecting, kppp is fine, but you'd better use a text tool for that, such as wvdial or directly pppd.

Please share your applications choices. I'd be interested in knowing them



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