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Old 02-05-2006, 10:13 PM   #1
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Help me Choose a distro please

Hi everyone, I'm an uuber newb who needs help. Soon, I'll be transferring to Linux because I am sick of using a very large software corporation (the biggest starts with M) and I want to switch over to Linux. My best friend uses it and says its spectacular and from what I've seen, I love it. Now here comes my question. Here are my system specs.Shes a refurbished one. Barely any speed, But I wantto make the best of it, and I need Linux to do that. What do you reccomend for a distro? I'd appreciate any help you can give. Thanks.

Maker:Hewlett Packard
Processor: 333mhz Celeron Mendocino
RAM: 192mb
Hard Drive: 20gb
Graphics card:NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400
Wireless: Linksys Wireless-G PCI Adapter

I know shes a beaute. (jk jk shes pathetic)

Thanks and I appreciate any help I can get.

Old 02-05-2006, 10:56 PM   #2
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I run Debian Sarge. Do a net install and then only install the programs you want. Another thing that will help your old machine is to recompile your kernel. But as a Newbie, you won't want to take that on right away. If you go with Debian, google for the "Very Verbose Debian" and also google for "Compiling kernel the debian way".

Now, in the event that you want to see some other options, take the two quizzes in my signature. They'll help you pick a distro for you. But Debian is the way I went on my Celeron 400MHz when I was brand and I've never looked back.
Old 02-05-2006, 11:05 PM   #3
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Welcome to LQ. The best (and really the only) way to determine which distro is right for you is to try several, then decide for yourself which one fits best. Some of the most popular distros include SuSE, Slackware, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, etc.

Two excellent places to download Linux distros are LQ ISO and distrowatch Have fun!
Old 02-05-2006, 11:32 PM   #4
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you might consider trying a live distro cd such as knoppix or slax. slackware seems to run great on older machines as well.
Old 02-06-2006, 05:00 AM   #5
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Slackware, if you are not afraid of a short, but steep learning curve. If you need a desktop OS, try SUSE or Ubuntu. They are easy to install and provide loads of eye-candy.


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