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Old 09-24-2004, 08:14 AM   #16
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I don't have much experience with Mandrake. To tell you the truth, you have quite a selection. Here goes. Debian, Fedora, Knoppix, Old Red Hat's, probably Mandrake, Slackware, Vector...well, almost any distro (excluding things like Linspire). How about trying some live cd's first to a)see if ur hardware is supported and b)to try to pick out a distro before installing it to ur harddrive.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 08:22 AM   #17
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well thanks. i forgot to mention you that the distro i look should support rpm AND run fast AND not for newbies.
i rule out fedora and redhat because they are too heavy. debian is not for the newbies?
knoppix and damnsmall linux work well from CDs.. except from the fact that im not able to configure them to browse internet.
i am disappointed that i couldnt run vector linux, it seems to have everything i want.
thanks for your suggestions
 
Old 09-24-2004, 08:51 AM   #18
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Vector is not an RPM distro, it is based on Slackware. Why does the distro have to be rpm based? Is it alright if it is not based on rpm's but can run them?
 
Old 09-24-2004, 08:54 AM   #19
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pardon my ignorance. yes, its alright for me if it the distro not based on rpm's but can run them.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 08:58 AM   #20
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You didn't answer the question about the possibility of shrinking your Windows partition. Is it possible for you to do that? If not, you seriously should consider purchasing a second hard-drive anyway. What will you do if something happens to your hard-drive? What are you using to back up your Windows data?

Installing a second hard-drive would allow you to install Linux on much more than 2GB and still have plenty of space to back up Windows data. It's just a thought, don't know whether you'd considered it.

Cheers
 
Old 09-24-2004, 09:06 AM   #21
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hi there,

The maximum space i can get out of the windows partition is about 400 mb. Its unbelievable
but true, i cant install a second hard drive in this machine!(the cabinet is too small). I dont have money for a bigger hard drive anyway.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 09:14 AM   #22
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Okay, please just tell me if I am asking too much information, but I am curious. What is the total size of the disk? Would it be possible to "weed out some of the junk" on Windows? If you are using NTFS I believe the theory goes you need to reserve 10-20% free space on the system partition anyway.

By the way, I'm surprised you couldn't get Knoppix to connect to the Internet. I have a cablemodem and can't get Windows XP to work with the Internet on it, so when I need the Internet with the laptop I boot it with Knoppix and there are no problems.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 09:23 AM   #23
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Then you might like the distribution YOPER. Although the name is kind of stupid , it really is an awesome OS. It also uses apt for rpm packages and it is an rpm based distro. It is incredibly fast, easily rivaling Gentoo for the fastest Linux, except it takes days to install Gentoo and 15 minutes for Yoper. www.yoper.com
 
Old 09-24-2004, 09:43 AM   #24
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its a 8 gb hard disk. im using fat32. knoppix or Damn small linux cant connect to the internet becuasei connect to internet is through LAN using VPN .i dont know how to configure it.

im downloading yoper now
hope i can configure it .
 
Old 09-24-2004, 10:57 AM   #25
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Okay. I don't understand why a bigger hard-drive wouldn't fit in the case. I understand that it must be a specially designed case for a specific offer/pacakge.

Good luck,
Mike
 
  


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