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Old 06-07-2004, 04:08 PM   #1
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What distribution should I use?

I want to install linux onto my computer but I am not sure which distribution to use. The computer has an AMD k-6 processor with 56 megs of RAM. I want to use to computer strictly for school and business, so it would need to have an internet browser, an application like Office, a POP email application like outlook, and a PDF reader. I know that I can download mandrake 10 and it will include all of those features, but the computer is not very fast and does not meet the minimum requirements for memory that mandrake recomends. I have used Mandrake before and like it because of its ease of use. Can someone tell me if I do put mandrake ver 10 on my computer will it be very slow? Could someone please recomend a distribution that will run quickly, reliably, and be easy to use and install.

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Old 06-07-2004, 04:39 PM   #2
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I am running Slack 9.1 and I love it. I use Mozilla for internet, Adobe for PDF, and OpenOffice is the Linux version of a Microsoft Word type program. It can also read Excel type files. This is my first distro of Linux I have ever used so I am not too educated on any others at the moment. As far as memory and what-not, my computer is fairly quick and it doest use alot of memory at all. But its easy for me. Good luck on your search.
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Old 06-07-2004, 04:43 PM   #3
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I dont know about mandrake, but i'm running slackware 9.1 on a 200mhz, 64 ram 3 gig and i aint bitchin about the speed (Unlike when i had win98). also i do 3d modeling, graphism and am trying out a lot of different thing, therefor i do a lot of compilling, d/l and run in average 5 apps at the same time ( like internet browser, 3d modeler, konsole, kmail and xchat) so for what you wanna do it should be fine... buit im not sure about the 56 ram... check the site:
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Old 06-07-2004, 06:19 PM   #4
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Vector linux would probably be a better bet. Its a lot easier than slack, but built around the slack way of doing things.
Old 06-07-2004, 08:12 PM   #5
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I havent heard of Vector Linux. Thanks v00d00101. I want to repartition and run a dual boot both with Linux. Ill check out Vector too. Awesome suggestion.
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