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Old 03-24-2016, 01:02 PM   #1
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which distribution


Hi
I was a regular user of Linux many years ago.
I think the last version I used was Red Hat 6.
In those days one had to select manually where each of the
top directories were to go and also their size.
Having looked at the multitude of different versions of linux available I am now totally confused.
From what I can see the current installers pre-select the location and size of directories.
I was used to using the KDE desktop with the Gnome as the switchable alternative.
I want to go back to Linux at first with an older PC.
Probably a Dell Optiplex GX520.
Will someone please suggest a distribution that is suitable for my re-entry to the game?
 
Old 03-24-2016, 01:19 PM   #2
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Much depends on what you want to use the computer for and the specific hardware specs (CPU, RAM, video, etc.) of the machine. Share some info and folks will give you opinions. Another way is to download the popular distros, make live media (CD, DVD, or USB stick) and try them out...
 
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Old 03-24-2016, 02:00 PM   #3
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Hi NGIB
Thanks for the prompt reply.
This is a Dell Optiplex GX520 P4 3Ghz CPU, 40Gb IDE HDD, 4Gb RAM.
Basically I've had it with Microsoft.
I am hanging on grimly to my existing XP machine but know this will not last much longer.
I have windows 7 on my laptop and do not like it.
I have windows 8.1 on my wife's machine and like that even less, horrible.
I don't even want to know what windows 10 looks like.
So I am going to return tot he fold of Linux where sense still reigns.
As to usage just normal home PC stuff.
Some spread sheet work, word processing and internet browsing.
I would like to get back to programming in C or C++ as well.
I like the idea of doing a test on the USB drives.
Thanks
 
Old 03-24-2016, 07:16 PM   #4
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I use lubuntu and like it as it is very fast and lightweight. You can easily add features such as libreoffice suite, which has a great word processor and spread sheet calculator.
 
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Old 03-24-2016, 07:57 PM   #5
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One of the distros I run is MX-15 and it's very complete and runs on a wide variety of hardware. Not sure if your box is 32 or 64 bit but MX-15 comes in both flavors...

http://www.mepiscommunity.org/mx
 
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:36 PM   #6
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Probably a Dell Optiplex GX520.
What CPU does it have? How many gig's of RAM?
Is this a 32-bit machine or a 64-bit?

-::-Knowing the specs of your pc will help us to recommend a distribution that would run well on it.-::-

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I like the idea of doing a test on the USB drives.
Me too and the next best thing to that is Vbox. You can install any distro in a virtual machine and run it that way as well.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads

Almost all distro's come with C++/gcc:-
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2...-ide-for-linux
http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/howto-c...code-in-linux/

There's a ton of spreadsheet applications for Linux-
https://sourceforge.net/directory/bu...ently-updated/

If you want to do spreadsheets in cmd-line only there's sc and oleo.
http://unix.stackexchange.com/questi...-wordprocessor
 
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Old 03-25-2016, 04:43 AM   #7
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Since you have used linux before I would recomend Debian. It can be a bit rougher arround the edges than Ubuntu, but Ubuntu tends to do things its own way. Many popular distros inherit from Debian, including Ubuntu, so most problems you might run into have been discussed and solved many times before. If you want something closer to Red Hat you might try Fedora.

For more information on each distro you should check out distrowatch.
 
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Old 03-26-2016, 05:19 AM   #8
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Hello,

If you are used to KDE and you are using an old machine (and in addition, you have some experience), I would recommend Slackware. Slackware is very lightweight and stable. It comes with both KDE and XFCE between which you can switch. You can also install GNOME is you like, but the new GNOME is not exactly the cool thing you had in the old days.
 
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Old 03-26-2016, 05:57 AM   #9
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igor056,

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This is a Dell Optiplex GX520 P4 3Ghz CPU, 40Gb IDE HDD, 4Gb RAM.
Basically I've had it with Microsoft.
I am hanging on grimly to my existing XP machine but know this will not last much longer.
I have windows 7 on my laptop and do not like it.
I have windows 8.1 on my wife's machine and like that even less, horrible.
If I understand you correctly, you have XP on the GX520 and you say that the machine will not last much longer.

Personally I would just scrap this machine even it is going to last forever. It is using too much juice and has an ancient, very slow Celeron CPU.

Your laptop and your wife's computer are probably more up-to-date.

I would concentrate on your W7 machine first and either use live DVDs or USBs with various KDE distributions, such as Linux Mint 17.3 KDE, Kubuntu or Debian KDE etc.

See which you prefer.

What are the makes/model numbers and specs of the two other machines?
 
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Old 03-26-2016, 02:10 PM   #10
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Will someone please suggest a distribution
https://www.linuxmint.com/

https://www.linuxmint.com/documentat...glish_17.2.pdf

https://www.linuxmint.com/download.php
 
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