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Old 02-24-2007, 07:26 PM   #1
jkillah1
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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...)
try
http://distrowatch.com/
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
http://www.vectorlinux.com/

DSL
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

Puppy Linux
http://www.puppylinux.org/user/viewpage.php?page_id=3

Slackware
http://www.slackware.com/

SLAX Live CD
http://www.slax.org/

BeaFanatIX
http://bea.cabarel.com/

Elive:
http://www.elivecd.org/

Luit Linux
http://luitlinux.sarovar.org/

you can find more here

http://www.linuxlinks.com/Distributi...Distributions/
http://www.linuxlinks.com/Distributions/Floppy/
 
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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