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Old 04-11-2004, 06:25 AM   #1
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Post How do i start using Linux on my computer?


How would i start installing Linux on my home PC?

120Mhz i386 processor,
32 MB of Ram,
1.2 GB Hard Drive,
4 MB Graphics Card,
3.5" Floppy Drive,
12 spd CD-ROM.

What version would you reccommend installing? Point me to a web page if possible please.

Old 04-11-2004, 06:38 AM   #2
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Old 04-11-2004, 06:41 AM   #3
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oh boy .i think you can only install linux in text mode.
if like experimenting try rh9 with minimal installtion.

Old 04-11-2004, 06:51 AM   #4
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Naah, I think Vector linux is the ticket. It is a more newbie friendly version of Slackware and is said to run on older PCs.
Old 04-11-2004, 07:58 AM   #5
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Old 04-11-2004, 04:46 PM   #6
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....this may be a little late, though, I am new to Linux and I have found Mandrake 9.2 to be very user friendly and easy to find apps. for.

Give it a spin though, you may like it.
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Yeah, but it's an old PC.
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Hardware that old will be even more painfully limited with Linux than with Windows, though in text mode or as a firewall it would be OK.
I'd at least try to find a discarded PC to scrounge some bigger SIMMs and a faster processor. Some of the old Socket 7 boards will take AMD K-6 400 and up procs too. Google for info on yours.
I'd try a basic Debian install, and Vector sounds pretty cool too. I'll download the live CD .iso and check it out.


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