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Old 04-21-2004, 07:13 PM   #1
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Which distrobution is right for me?

I don't know what I should use.

System specs:
PII 266 MHz
5.1GB HD

Basically, I'm going to be using this as a server, and I'm new to Linux. I'm using this project as an excuse to go away from Windoze.

I'd like it to be easy for a beginner, so an easy GUI would be nice. Only the basics need to be included... really all I need is a web browser so I can get whatever other programs I need from the net.

A distrobution that's good for serving would be nice, too.
Old 04-21-2004, 07:41 PM   #2
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I am also a fairly new Linux user, and I just installed Gentoo. I'm not running it with any GUI, but your system shouldn't have any trouble running X.

What I liked about Gentoo was the fact that it gave me some insight into the Linux directory structure and is very well documented.

Check it out at

Good luck
Old 04-21-2004, 10:09 PM   #3
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Well I just ripped apart another computer and stole it's RAM... so now I have 192MB.

Could I, in a sense "upgrade"?

I'm downloading Peanut Linux now... just because it's small. If not I'll try Gentoo.
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Old 04-21-2004, 10:18 PM   #5
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Being new, I would probably stick to a 'brand name' version like Redhat or Mandrake, simply because there will be more support. Both of them will run a web server, and with 192 Ram, Gnome or KDE will work fine till you get your bearing. Both have good documentation on getting the web server running. In a few months, Slackware, Gentoo, etc will be much easier.

My 3c.



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