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Old 12-17-2006, 03:27 AM   #16
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which linux

I am relatively new to the linux scene. the first thing I would say is beware of asking questions like this. you can get some prety snappy responses from the cognoscenti around here although some are really helpful.

secondly, have a look at the distro specific pages. see what users are saying about their preferred distro

thirdly, to use ANY kind of linux requires knowledge and awareness of the command line. Unlike Windows, you need to do a bit of work to get your machine working.

fourth, somewhere around the web are adverts for companies who will send you disks of the distribution of your choice (if they stock it) just do a search or try they tnd to have older versions. you wont spend hours, days and weeks downloading. There must be a similar outfit where you are.

fifth, buy something like Linuxformat magazine (UK) It comes with a DVD with a plethora of software including some of the smaller ones.

last I tried Knoppix as a live cd a few years ago. I reckon some of the live distros will suit your needs better than the larger more modern versions.
Old 12-17-2006, 03:42 AM   #17
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Which Linux?

As a completely new user/experimenter, I found a distro called "Damn Small Linux" which runs "live". I haven't had a chance to play with it much but it seems to require very little.
Originally Posted by itpurt
i have an old pc - a pentium 2 processor running a windows 95. i want to install linux and use linux as the primary OS - no windows. also, this box does not has a runnier internet connection.

can anyone give me advice on what i should do??
which distribution should i use?
i started to install the current version of suse, but it is not working. i was in another forum and i was given advice to switch to another distribution.

if anyone can give me advice
i would really appreciate it.

Old 12-17-2006, 04:12 AM   #18
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you haven't given us much to go on so I reccomend trying these Distro Choosers:

if it is a decent PII like a Pentium II 866 then you can run just about anything on it if this is the case I reccomend you give these Distros a go:



PCLinuxOS .92

This is the distro I use and recommend, Why because it works right out of the box. No need to configure Everything, everything just works. It also comes as a 1 CD install that is a live CD that you can install later if you wish.


... if it is a Lower end machine like a PII 350

Vector Linux 4.3


Puppy Linux





you can find more here

hope this Helps,



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