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Old 09-16-2008, 03:06 PM   #1
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Newbie help Please

Hello All,
I am a middle school teacher in a low income area and am trying to set up a program. We would like to give old computers that we have to students that do not have one. But we can not do this due to liscencing agreements with Microsoft. So,,,,I would like to install a Linux OS on them so that we will be able to recycle and give the children the computers, legally. So my question is,,,which Linux OS system would be best to install for children ?Requirements of the system
- Not overly complex to install ( my part )
- ability to use internet
- ability to use word processing, spread sheets, email, smaller games.

Thank you for any help, comments, suggestions

p.s as you can see I dont teach English lol lol
Old 09-16-2008, 03:11 PM   #2
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What are the specs of the computers? There are many easy to use distros out there, but some are more resource heavy than others.

Welcome to LQ and good luck with the program!
Old 09-16-2008, 03:42 PM   #3
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Bravo! By using Linux instead of MS OS you will be able to use older less powerful computer equipment to greater advantage.

I would suggest that you use Ubuntu or some variation thereof. It has all of the features that you need and being the largest free distribution has the best support on the Internet. The Desktop version comes with OpenOffice with provides MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint compatibility. There are free applications for photo and image editing, extensive network support included games and depending upon the video capability and memory you have some very sophisticated capabilities.

There are variations of Ubuntu such as Xubuntu which allow you to use the basic OS on older less powerful and having less memory.

The key is that it is becoming a mainstream Linux and it is extensively supported over the Internet.

I refurb donated computers for senior and afterschool programs and by using the Ubuntu, Xubuntu and variations of the same distribution you can teach whole classes with the same commands and look and feel without having to explain differences between distributions.

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Old 09-16-2008, 03:49 PM   #4
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My favs are

Fedora Core 9
Old 09-16-2008, 05:02 PM   #5
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Try PC Linux for me (my hardware) it has worked better than ubuntu. There are two comunity remaster that are for low end hardware.



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Hi there, first of all, welcome to the LQ!

I'm a Fedora fan and I can suggest Fedora 9 to be installed to almost anything above Pentium III.

Though for ease of use, I can say that Ubuntu is better.... But in the end, it's probably a matter of choice.

Office application? Definitely use OpenOffice for that. It's free, and it's becoming quite practical and reliable now.
Old 09-16-2008, 10:00 PM   #7
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Ubuntu and PCLinux are good choices but I don't recommend them for systems with less then 256Mb RAM. If you're dealing with P2 or P3 systems with less then 256Mb RAM, then I suggest looking at minimalist distros like Puppy Linux, TinyMe, Damn Small Linux.
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I'd suggest either PCLinuxOS or, if the hardware is relatively older, Slackware. Slack isn't as hard to install and configure as some make it out to be.


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