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Old 02-02-2004, 03:17 AM   #1
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which linux distro for M-II 366-250MHz 4GB HD 128RAM

I have an extra computer that has a P-II 366-250MHZ 4GB HD, 128MB RAM. I don't know anything about linux, but I want to learn. I am very computer savvy (in the windows world) and like to bring my skills to the next level. I know skills in windows will not transfer over, but I am determined. So which linux distro should I start first, and can you provide a place of download. thanks
Old 02-02-2004, 03:28 AM   #2
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Most people would recommend a newbie distro like redhat or mandrake but in my opinion if you want to learn anything then try slackware
Old 02-02-2004, 08:05 AM   #3
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hmm I have about the same laptop, a bit slower then..
PII 267Mhz, 3.8 GB HD, 96MB Ram

Last night I tried to install RedHat 9.0 several times on the machine, but it didin't worked out. Everytime the error: Running out of space (even when i changed the partition size)

Anyway, i'm working on SuSE now, it's a hell of a job to download the whole installation directory (about 7,2 GB and 6404 files)
During the installation proccess (right now) everything goes fine. So I won't recommend RedHat on a "old" version laptop because maybe the same shit can happen to you.

(ohw yeah, almost forgot i'm also a newbie , the thing you have to do is just give it a try and if you can't find out how something works ask people here)
Old 02-02-2004, 02:48 PM   #4
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I have RedHat 9 on Celeron 300, 64 MB RAM - has been already working without problems for a long time - but I dont use any window manager there (its a file/dhcp server).

But I would recommend Slackware. Its my favourite distro atm. It doesnt have GUI for setting things up (like RedHat has) but I didnt use them in RedHat anyway.
Old 02-02-2004, 04:00 PM   #5
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Vector Linux is what i use on my laptop PII 166/48MB/3GB and it runs well enough. It doesn't have the big fancy desktops like KDE or GNOME but it does come with IceWM, Fluxbox, and a few others which slip my mind atm.

Vector is slackware based but designed to run well on old hardware (only needs a 386 with 16 MB of Ram and 650 MB of installation space.) Plus the .iso is only 228 MB to download.

I was able to get RH9 running on the laptop but the GUIs were incredibly slow. Didn't really matter because i just wanted to use the command line anyway.
Old 02-02-2004, 04:08 PM   #6
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I forgot to mention that what I really liked on RedHat as a total newbie was that It detected all hardware without any problems (maybe I was lucky).
In Slackware u have to decide which modules to load on boot so It could be a little problematic for the novice. But on the other hand it will help u learn linux
Old 03-02-2004, 09:35 PM   #7
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try damnsmall, I have an almost identical setup and it works great, much faster than when I had mandrake, and not much harder to install


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