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345am 12-03-2005 07:09 PM

best cpu to start learning linux?
i'm a medium end windows 2000 geek looking to buy a used cpu & install linux. any ideas on minimal cpu standards & where to start with which version of linux?

XavierP 12-03-2005 07:23 PM

Welome to LQ :D Linux will run on anything - from a 386 upwards. I would personally say go for a newish pc, you can pick up a decent one quite cheaply now.

Just remember that it's really down to the amount of memory rather than cpu.

345am 12-03-2005 07:29 PM

best cpu to start learning linux?
thank you for your thoughts Xavier!
unfortunately i am currently unemployed and would love one of the many 500-700mhz cpu's i gave away in the last few years. i'll be buying a used one on ebay or the goodwill store i'm sure. dave r

btmiller 12-03-2005 07:33 PM

If you want to run a fancy GUI like KDE or Gnome, I'd recommend 256 MB of RAM as a bare minimum and 512 MB if you want to be really comfortable about it. You can tweak these GUIs to use fewer resources, and there are lighter weight GUIs available such as fluxbox. For light server work (no GUI) I've run a variety of Linux and BSD systems comfortably on 300-400 MHz Pentium IIs and less than 128 MB of RAM. For more demanding server apps or desktop usage, you'll need more.

345am 12-03-2005 09:22 PM

thank you btmiller for your thoughts! hope i can get one of these up & going

WhatsHisName 12-04-2005 01:09 AM

As a reference, the “slowest” system I have FC4 (with gnome and kde) running on is a P-3 650MHz with 192MB RAM and a 20GB ATA/66 hard drive, but with a new PCI IDE controller card, which costs about US$25.

It's not unpleasant to use, but a faster hard drive, a faster CPU and more RAM, in that order, make a big difference in performance. I see boxes like this (without the controller card, monitor, mouse or printer) selling on ebay for around US$20-$50 before shipping, which should be in the $20-$30 range, but is often much higher (scumbag ebay sellers make a lot of money on shipping, so beware).

Ynot Irucrem 12-04-2005 01:58 AM

I've got Linux running on two Pentium II 300MHz, 300MB RAM boxes, and it runs lightning-fast in fluxbox, reasonalby in GNOME, and excruciatingly slow in KDE.

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