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Old 02-29-2008, 11:02 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Karl Schrader View Post
I tried Fedora Core 7 which came with the Dummies book and I have worked on it for about 2 months now but could not get any satisfaction out of it. What I need is the most simple Linux program I can use on the old PC to do simple wordprocessing and to send e-mails.
A very clear and straightforward suggestion would be appreciated otherwise I do not think Bill Gates has anything to worry about.

Learning curve or not, why make Linux more userunfriendly than neccessary ??
As I stated, you attempting to use some modern distrbutions on old hardware. Roll back to earlier versions that will work for that class of software. Challenge point about Linux vs M$ will get you no where. I would be willing to assist but get rid of the attitude.
Old 02-29-2008, 04:27 PM   #17
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LinuxMint worked like a charm for me. Dual booting Dell D610 Intel Pm 1.6 + 2GB RAM; WinXP + LinuxMint. Full of goodies, trying openSUSE next.
Old 02-29-2008, 04:39 PM   #18
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I'll add another recommendation for Slackware. Lots of posts exist regarding using Slackware for this situation, so I won't restate all of that, just add a recommendation.
Old 03-01-2008, 12:29 AM   #19
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If at all possible upgrade your RAM to at least 128MB. That much RAM allows so much more - a PII really isn't all that bad, even if the videos are a little limited. If that's not possible, you definitely want a pre-existing swap partition prior to installation.

Another possibility is AntiX:
Based on the current version of MEPIS 7 , "Lysistrata", using Debian repositories, and compiled to allow use of PIIs, (although PII MMX may not boot), it allows use of a modern kernel and repositories on a low end computer. "Spartacus", based on the 6.5 version of MEPIS, using older Ubuntu repositories is recommended for PII MMX, AMD K5, and AMD K6, and older cpus.

I use AntiX "Lysistrata" on my IBM Thinkpad 570 - a PII 366, 192MB, 6GB notebook. The first GB has Win2K installed for drivers, and a few astronomy programs with no linux equivalents that run under WINE. I chose to use the full distro ~310MB that includes AMI PRO, an excellent word processor, and even added on KSTARS - without installing the full bloat of KDE. The same can be said of Gramps genealogy software. However, there is a base distro of ~ 178MB. "For those who wish to have control over the install, use antiX-base."

There are so many more choices available with a debian based distro - my notebook is far more useful than before, and very easy to configure to my taste. I have tried all the distros you listed and more, including tinyme, yet, for reasons of appearance, useabilty, software availability, speed, etc... AntiX has been the best compromise for this old beast.
"The default windows manager for antiX is fluxbox. It is a very light, fast and flexible windows manager."
As a branch of MEPIS AntiX has it's own forum:
but many questions will have answers similar to those of MEPIS:
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how about if you are worried about hardware?
Old 03-02-2008, 05:16 PM   #21
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Dear sir,
sorry to here you are about to give up. Federa5 worked fine on a mechine that was a pentium3, 450mhz with 126mg ram but don't use computer based email- let someone else use their resourses. There are many varients of Linux that will work on a limited speck without technical tweaking, afterall best senario is when at least it works once you've installed it- tweak it later. It may seem obvious but just check the system requirements before installing. The main other problem is compatability with what other people are using.
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with 64 mb ram i wouldnt run a livecd, maybe DamnSmall. Why not try debian netinst cd and install only the minimum system? without gnome. then you install only what you need.


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