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Old 02-21-2004, 05:15 PM   #1
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Question i want to switch over to linux from a win98 pc

i am running an 8gb hard drive 333mhz pentium 2 computer with a cable modem and it is connected to a cable router. i want to go to linux after reading an article in PCworld about how he switched over to a free version of mandrake linux and it was better than his windows system. can my system handle mandrake linux? where is the free downloadable version of linux (link please)? and if i stick in the discs to reformat my computer to windows in a worse case scenario will it bring my pc back to a windows 98 state. i am a real but i really want to switch over to linux.
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it will work, but remember your machine is OLD OLD OLD and so running all the bells and whistles or a "newbie" distro like mandrake will run really slowly, jsut like XP would do.

and there's no need to keep mentioning "free" all the time... yes it's free.. it's linux...

please see here for details of LQ members opinons of various distros, there's no need to ask for opinions here.

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Old 02-21-2004, 05:51 PM   #3
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heh sorry im a noob thanks though
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Why don't you hang on for a month until Mandrake 10 is solidified. If you run it with a lot of eye candy turned off, it'll run as fast or faster than your '98 install.

A lot of people seem to forget that KDE and Gnome are set up out of the box with so much more candy than even the most well-dressed XP machine. I have run stock Debian on a p1-166 with 48mb of (the old slow EDO) RAM with Gnome and it ran only slightly less quickly than when it had '95 on it, and almost the same as when I had '98 on it. it still made '98 look plain and drab. And, remember, this was stock, so it was compiled for i386. If it was recompiled for i586, it would have made '98 look slow as well as plain-jane.

BTW, my wife's puter is running XP and its a P-II 350. It runs better than before with '98SE (although I always had at least 128mb in it). It runs well with the "Classic" interface. Looks like 2000 and has all the goodies (except all those services that are useless for a home user - disabled, thank you).

That machine ran well with Debian Woody and Sid. From my experiences since, I'd sugggest that you decide on a distro by what you think is going to be more comfortable for you to use.If you don't wanna pay fer anything, then I'd suggest you try Mandrake, Debian, Fedora Core, Slackware, or one of the live-cds that have a good HD installer (I'm partial to Mepis). If you wanna learn, do Gentoo. Where you are running a P-II, you can look for one that's already optimized for i586 or i686 and experience more speed. Good luck.


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