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Old 03-09-2005, 08:14 PM   #1
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Thinking of switching distros

Hi All:

I was thinking of switching distros. I have a Toshiba Laptop, Pentium III, and Fedora Core 3 takes a long time to load, not to mention it runs out of memory sometimes/crashes (only once in a while). Would you recommend a different distribution that's up to date, yet smaller?

Old 03-09-2005, 08:19 PM   #2
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hi there

try slackware

that will require a little more expertise than fedora core 3

Old 03-09-2005, 08:46 PM   #3
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I'd second the slackware-notion ;)

Old 03-09-2005, 08:55 PM   #4
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Slackware is great (especially for low memory machines). Debain is also great.

If you are having problems running out of memory remember to have an adequate swap partition next time (2X RAM or 512 MB whichever is smaller).
Old 03-09-2005, 09:09 PM   #5
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I third, or forth Slackware. Great for older machines, server, workstations you name it
Old 03-09-2005, 09:15 PM   #6
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Slackware is not for the faint-hearted, but fortune favours the brave.
Old 03-09-2005, 10:47 PM   #7
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I'll jump on the bandwagon. Slackware running on
all 5 boxen here...

But, if you run Slack, forget about all that point and
click and think with my index finger -- at least until
you've got your system properly setup and configured
and customized.

Linux is just the kernel, Slackware is one of over 200
different distributions. It is the oldest Linux distro, and
has the largest community and following.

Once you run Slack for a while, you'll get the feeling
you've got a new computer.
Old 03-09-2005, 11:02 PM   #8
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I love Slackware and do run it myself, but do some research before you go in that direction. As mentioned, it'll take a little more work and knowledge than your current setup. All that said, Debian, Ubuntu, Vector, MEPIS and SuSE are other distros you may want to take a look at it. I'm assuming you know the link already, but if not, do a little reading at DistroWatch
Old 03-09-2005, 11:51 PM   #9
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I'm a SuSE whore...

Good ACPI management...

But do your own thing, as long as it's not M$,...
Old 03-10-2005, 12:42 AM   #10
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I dig both Slack and Suse, and would suggest that you won't go wrong with either of them. Good luck with it. BTW the only way to determine which distro is right for you is to try a large number of them, then make your own decision based on your own personal experience. Have fun! -- J.W.
Old 03-10-2005, 06:10 PM   #11
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Just tried feather linux - installs a minimum but well working setup in 10 min and then you have a debian based distro where you can add on only the things that you want


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