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Old 10-21-2009, 10:02 PM   #1
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help choosing distro for kid's computer

I am looking for a distro that will run as fast as possible on a 2.8Ghz Celeron D with 1GB ddr2100 system for young children that will also match as close as possible the following criteria:

1: easily acquired and installed "edutainment" software.
2: quick installation/re-installation after disaster.
3: reliable network configuration settings to get back on network after
4: support for modern browser and media player.

I am currently trying Ubuntu/Jaunty with some of the Edubuntu packages installed as well as some of the KDE education packages installed. All in all this isn't a bad setup, but I'm wondering how steep a penalty (if any) I'm paying for the mix of gnome/kde packages (I don't like KDE on Ubuntu, but I love Konqueror for file and network browsing). And I'm also wondering if there's something out there that would just make me giddy if discovered as my only real experience with Linux is the the different Mandriva 2009.1's and Jaunty on two much newer and more powerful machines.

Old 10-21-2009, 11:02 PM   #2
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I'd say Ubuntu is a good all-around distro for young kids to learn on. Your system is fairly powerful; even though it has the crippled Celeron processor it's still 2.8GHz clockspeed and 1GB ram is OK. Another GB of ram would help and it's cheap & easy to install.

The price you're paying is having to install the additional QT libs for KDE apps but like I said your system should be up for the job. If you had say a P3-500 with 256MB ram then you would require a lighter distro.

Plus with Ubuntu you have a HUGE amount of software in the repositories.
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My kids are on Fedora, I usually stay with Fedora/CentOS/Red Hat because it helps me stay in the right mode for work. With a cobbler server on the home network and kickstart scripts I can do a rebuild in around 30 mins

Old 10-22-2009, 05:40 PM   #4
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Thank You

Thank you for the responses. The idea of a cobbler server is interesting and worth some research.
Old 10-22-2009, 06:16 PM   #5
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Hello Damgar,

an installation of Slackware takes about 10 Minutes. Its very simple to create your own installation-CD or DVD with only the packages needed, this makes the installationtime even shorter.

Another Idea would be slax. This is a live-CD which is based on Slackware and one can add modules of various software to the CD. The advantage of a live-CD is that there cannot happen any disaster.



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