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Old 12-17-2007, 09:23 AM   #1
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Hi, all.
I`m brand new to Linux. I`ve just installed it on an old pc I found. It`s the first time I`ve installerd an operating system of any flavour, so I`m proud of myself!! My son, (who knows everything) will be home from uni next week so I want to be up & running perfectly by then.
My problem is that the pc spec. is an old Eplora(sic) machine that I found in the local tip. It is an AMD k6-2 now 400, micro-atx machine with a 6gb hd. I am finding it very slow & wondering if it is the cpu or something else. I have installed ubuntu 7.04 from a Computer Active guide to installing Linux.

Any help would be appreciated. I haven`t tried connecting to the net yet as the slow speed would drive me nuts.
Old 12-17-2007, 09:47 AM   #2
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Ubuntu is good, but Fluxbuntu (It's basically Ubuntu with a different look, since the "window manager" is FLUX BOX instead of GNOME) is better for older machines. Xubuntu (Window Manager: XFCE) is good too. Kubuntu (Window Manager: KDE) is another option. In my opinion, of the more popular distributions from the Ubuntu family, the best to worst in terms of resource usage are:
1. Fluxbuntu
2. Xubuntu
3. Kubuntu
4. Ubuntu

Another way to go about this issue (and thus to keep using Ubuntu) I would suggest simply upgrading the RAM IF it's too low. I prefer 192MB to 256MB as my personal lowest range. At 512MB ubuntu will fly.

Other low resource distributions that I like are Damn Small Linux (it's okay) and Puppy Linux (LOVE it)...

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Old 12-17-2007, 10:11 AM   #3
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Keep in mind Linux is expanding in capabilities just like Windows. While Linux will typically run on much older hardware, if you do a standard install of Linux from a typical Desktop distribution such as Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, or Suse, for best performance the Hardware should be similar to what you would use to run Windows XP.

For older hardware from the Windows 95/98 era (or older), Linux can work on that hardware as well, pretty decent with a Graphical user interface, but you should use a light weight Desktop Environment such as XFCE, Fluxbox, etc.. for best performance.

You said you installed Ubuntu, while Xubuntu might be a better choice for that older hardware. Xubuntu is Ubuntu with XFCE instead of Gnome for the desktop. I know, I know, you probably don't know what any of that means just yet.. but now that you've heard it you can search around a bit to learn more about the choices available.

Distributions for Old computer hardware

Distributions with XFCE for a window manager

Some distributions have install discs that will setup XFCE during install so you don't have to worry about making the changes to the system. xubuntu and the Debian XFCE Install CD1 for instance.

Vector Linux is also mentioned quite frequently for working well on low spec hardware, it also uses XFCE as the default desktop.

So many choices.. and all of them free.


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