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Old 07-13-2005, 04:36 AM   #1
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need a distribution which doesnt suck too much power...


Hi. I was thinking of installing a desktop linux on this system:
pentium3 600
256 ram
10gig

I have to run ms visual studio 6, so might need codeweavers crossover or similar. I also need an office program. I tried mepis 3.3 on the computer but it ran very slowly and seemed to have a lot of packages that I'd never use. Do you have any ideas for a lightweight distribution that would satisfy my needs? I'd rather have a hard drive install rather than live cd.

Also, I am interested in using an adhoc wifi connection to share the dialup internet (broadband is sooo expensive in australia) with a windows xp machine (xp would be the host). Is this possible?

Just another question, can linux read/write to a windows fat32 or ntfs hard drive partition?


Thanks a lot, Ian
 
Old 07-13-2005, 05:20 AM   #2
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Re: need a distribution which doesnt suck too much power...

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Originally posted by icic
Hi. I was thinking of installing a desktop linux on this system:
pentium3 600
256 ram
10gig
cool, you should be able to run just about any major distro on that...

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I have to run ms visual studio 6, so might need codeweavers crossover or similar. I also need an office program.
AFAIK you can run some versions of microsoft office in crossover, but i'm not 100% sure... you could also opt for other solutions, for example:

http://www.openoffice.org/

http://www.sun.com/software/star/staroffice/index.xml

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I tried mepis 3.3 on the computer but it ran very slowly and seemed to have a lot of packages that I'd never use. Do you have any ideas for a lightweight distribution that would satisfy my needs?
well, i'm not familiar with mepis, but i can't think of any reason why it shouldn't work fine for you on that hardware other than perhaps the window manager you are using is heavy... if you were using a desktop environment such as KDE or GNOME on mepis then you should definitely try with a light window manager instead... switching distros isn't what's gonna give you the lightness you are looking for... check if there's mepis packages for fluxbox or xfce or something like that... as for the packages you don't need, you can use your package manager to remove them all so that the only packages you have installed are the ones you want and need... in other words you can trim-down your install... being that mepis is debian-based i would imagine it comes with something like synaptic which would make trimming the fat quite easy...

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I'd rather have a hard drive install rather than live cd.
wait, when you tried mepis it was as a live cd?? keep in mind that using linux from a live cd is way slower than from a regular install (no matter what window manager you use)...

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Also, I am interested in using an adhoc wifi connection to share the dialup internet (broadband is sooo expensive in australia) with a windows xp machine (xp would be the host). Is this possible?
yes, as long as your wireless card and dial-up modem are supported by linux...

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Just another question, can linux read/write to a windows fat32 or ntfs hard drive partition?
yes... linux can read/write to both FAT32 and NTFS...

FAT32 support is commonly built-into most kernels shipped with major distros - it works fine...

NTFS is a different story... AFAIK read access works "okay" but write access is quite unreliable... having said that, there's some projects that have come-up from under this situation and they offer some third-party solutions:

http://www.google.com/linux?&q=ntfs
 
  


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