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Old 06-04-2006, 09:28 PM   #1
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Which distro is best for me?

Hi there!

I'm a complete Linux newbie, but would like to give Linux a shot.

I usually use my computer for word processing, internet, games, etc.

I would like to install Linux on an old Gateway, with a 333mhz Celeron, 64mb RAM, 4mb ATI Rage Pro, and 20gb hard drive.

Which distro would be best suited for such an old computer, but still be very easy for me, a Windows user, to switch to?

Thanks so much for your help.
Old 06-04-2006, 09:36 PM   #2
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i recommend searching forums for threads such as 'which distro best for me', as there are countless threads about this.
any distro will work. and many people will tell you different distros to try.

since the hardware is on the older and less powerful side, i think any distro with a light desktop environment would work nice.

for an out-of-the-box distro, and for a new user, i recommend xubuntu. its based on Ubuntu, but with the XFCE desktop environment, which is easier on older hardware. this is a pretty straight forward distro with alot of automatic hardware detection and installation and easy software management.

if your serious about learning linux, i would recommend slackware. it includes many desktop environments, such as GNOME, KDE, fluxbox, and blackbox. the latter two are incredibly light window managers which would run fast on your hardware. slackware is a more manual linux distribution, though. so it takes more time, learning, and reading. which are all good.

in the end, its up to you. i say start with anythign.

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Old 06-04-2006, 09:49 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot, I"ll give Xubuntu a try
Old 06-04-2006, 09:51 PM   #4
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sure. dont take my word for it though!
try out whatever you want. check out to see list of most active distros.
Old 06-04-2006, 10:05 PM   #5
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Try a whole bunch of distros. When the next 50 of the same question gets asked, you'll have a highly qualified answer.

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