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Old 06-04-2007, 12:53 PM   #1
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Distribution question

I have a dell laptop that the LCD backlight has died. I can't find anyone to fix it, so I bought an LCD monitor for viewing. I have another computer (desktop) that I used to use a few years ago. It still works, but I can't find my XP disc anywhere. I used to fiddle with Linux for a few years in the late 90's and early 00's.

Can someone recommend to me, in their opinion, the best distro to use on that Desktop? I only plan on having it as a backup file server. I just want to be able to network the two (wireless) so I can copy and paste what I need backed up.

Basically, I am not as technically skilled as I once was and need the absolute easiest distro that will allow my XP laptop to view my desktop hard drives and use them as a backup space.

thanks in advance

Old 06-04-2007, 01:42 PM   #2
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If you need easy, I would recommend PCLInuxOS or anything from the Ubuntu family (K/U/Xubuntu) - Both are "entry level" distros and have a huge following so it should be easy to find community support. If that computer has less than 256 MB of RAM, the best choice may be Xubuntu as it comes with a light-weight Desktop (XFCE) - although it's possible to install any of the other ones, uninstall their default Dekstop and install XFCE instead. Both PCL and Ubuntu are available as LiveCDs so you can run them from CD before you decide whether you want to install to HD or not.
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Ditto the Mepis ( A Ubuntu clone---very easy to use)
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Thanks a ton! I will look into those and choose one. I'm sure it will all come back to me once I start to play


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