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Old 02-24-2007, 07:26 PM   #1
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Question Which Distro & Version for an old Win 2000 pc?

I'm a first time user to linux, and I'd like to know: what distro and version of Linux should I use?
The computer has a 4gb hard-drive, some low amunt of SDRAM (20mb?), and about a 95 watt power supply. I don't know much else about it besides the fact that it's got Windows 2000 and it's sloooow. I'd like to have a distro & version that isn't too ancient so that all I have is a command prompt, but I doubt it can run the newest versions of anything nowadays. thanks
Old 02-24-2007, 07:36 PM   #2
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this question has been asked thousands of times.
everyone will recoemnd their own favorate.

i woudl say that your computer is ample to run teh newest version of just about any distro but not KDE or Gnome (the 2 populiar desktop enviroments...)
to give you ideas..

you shoudl be ok witth a minimal graphical system running XFCE or fluxbox.
Old 02-24-2007, 07:48 PM   #3
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20 MB RAM is very small. If you have 32 MB you might try DamnSmallLinux. If you have 64Mb, you might try PuppyLinux. I don't know what works with less than 32 MB of RAM (maybe ZenWalk?).
Old 02-24-2007, 08:08 PM   #4
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20MB can't be correct - at least it would be a very odd amount. I'm not even shure if that is enough to boot win2000 (256 still sucks).
Ask around if you can get sd-rams from someone.

You can and should run a recent distribution, but you need a minimal graphical system.

Last edited by oskar; 02-24-2007 at 08:10 PM.
Old 02-24-2007, 09:02 PM   #5
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yeah 20MB sounds a little odd to me,

anyway you might want to see if you can scab some ram from somewhere. You might want to try some lightweight distros

Vector Linux


Puppy Linux





Luit Linux

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Old 02-25-2007, 03:21 AM   #6
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Try SLAX popcorn edition or DSL or Puppy Linux


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