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Old 05-18-2006, 10:18 PM   #1
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Which distro to choose?


am tired of using windows and decided that it is time to change to linux. But I am by no means an expert of installing an OS from a command line. I would prefer to use a GUI install.

My computer is not an all star. It is a dell latitude c600 650MHz, 128RAM. I want a distro which will run smoothy, and not be sluggish, yet at the same time, I want the kde interface and the full linux interface. Can someone help choose a disto which is right for me?
 
Old 05-18-2006, 10:38 PM   #2
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Oooooh duplicate posting - not an auspicious start. Be sure to check out the rules sometime.

Anyway, I'm sure you'll get lots of opinions eventually. Ultimately you may have to try more than one and see what you think.

Check out these websites (I copied 'em from pljvaldez's signature).

http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/index.php
http://eedok.voidofmind.com/linux/chooser.html
 
Old 05-18-2006, 11:46 PM   #3
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Most distros have some kind of gui installer. I really like slackware and many other do to. Unfortunately I have found out that its very hard to do lots of things without using the command line especially installing software. I dont think its linux that will run slow its the choice of gui, kde might be a little slow with that but others will run fine.
 
Old 05-19-2006, 01:37 AM   #4
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You might want to do a custom install (ie choose which pkgs you want at install time).
This will minimize disk/ram/cpu usage. Alternately, if you have the diskspace, do a full install, then use the built-in tools to shutdown and/or remove anything you don't want. This might be preferable if you are new to Linux.
BTW, I'd add more RAM if you can get it.
 
Old 05-19-2006, 03:07 AM   #5
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Neither KDE or Gnome are going to run very well with only 128mb of ram. SO you really have two choices; 1) install more ram, or 2) use a lightweight window manager like IceWM, XFCE, or fluxbox.

I have a Dell C600 with a PIII 750mhz and 256mb ram, it runs great with PCLinuxOS. I have also ran Debian, Vector, Ubuntu and Open SUSE on it. It all depends on your desktop/window manager.

I prefer IceWM, but XFCE should run ok on your system as well. All of the above distros use a more or less graphical install interface (YES even Debian).
 
Old 05-19-2006, 04:37 AM   #6
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I'm using FedoreCore 5 with GNOME Window Manager, my system has only 256MB memory so sometimes it runs slowly. I see in your reply that we have XFCE or IceWM, the lightweight window manager. Could I move from GNOME to XFCE or IceWM? How can i do that?

Thank you.
 
Old 05-19-2006, 07:29 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by saudoi
I'm using FedoreCore 5 with GNOME Window Manager, my system has only 256MB memory so sometimes it runs slowly. I see in your reply that we have XFCE or IceWM, the lightweight window manager. Could I move from GNOME to XFCE or IceWM? How can i do that?

Thank you.
You will find XFCE and IceWM packages in your package manager. Just make sure you have your package manager set up correctly (refer to this page, then to this section).

Once you install them you can log out and choose your Desktop Environment/Window Manager from the login screen.

Good luck

-A

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