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Old 09-22-2006, 08:17 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by tamtam
Thanks for the input, really helpful.

One more question is which is the best for the above CPU, freerock, gware or dropline. Given the warnings about incompatibility that Dropline gave whilst running
would you go ahead and install anyway.
Sorry. I missed this post.

Since your processor appears to actually be a K6 (not an Athlon, AKA K7), I would not install Dropline GNOME. The Freerock GNOME developers made an 2.14.3 ISO of their GNOME distribution recently, and it should be quite stable. I believe that would be the best choice for your CPU type.

If you are certain that the output from /proc/cpuinfo is incorrect, then there may be some problems that you might want to look into. But it appears that you have a K6 3D (AKA K6-III) instead of an Athlon. The Athlon classic would be listed as "AMD-K7(tm) Processor".

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Old 09-22-2006, 09:27 AM   #17
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evilDagmar says...

...and while it's likely fast enough (same speed as my notebook on a battery), I can definitely say it won't work (crashes will happen), but that he will probably be absolutely ecstatic with XFce (which is what I'm using when I'm not testing dlg builds or watching my acx driver go berzerk on the notebook).
I like KDE and like the option of Gnome. I had been using Mandriva on the same PC with no problems (KDE and Gnome) up until I installed Suse which lasted two days on my machine as it was so slow. Kubunto lasted one day as it came up with warning messages on failures after loading and kept on crashing.

Anyways I am having problems at the moment with installing an ATI driver, see other post,
and maynot need Gnome on Slack as I will be running Mandriva again soon if I cant find a solution.

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Old 09-30-2006, 10:17 AM   #18
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Gware works great on my K6

I am in the same situation with one of my machines and Gware does a nice job as well for the K6.

Old 10-01-2006, 09:20 AM   #19
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From what I remember when I had a K6-2 500, the K6 is partly i686 compatible, but the later K6-2 series is suppost to be fully compatible, or almost.

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Old 10-01-2006, 03:44 PM   #20
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If you want to try Xfce Zenwalk goes in fast and Xfce can now be configured to have a desktop that looks gnome-like. It will lack the integrated CD burner (my favorite gnome feature). Most Zenwalk packages are i486 (some multi-media packeages are i686 and need to be recompiled).

Freerock use to have a gnome-lite option but I can no longer find it.

Gware, at the present time, seems to be the lightest gnome desktop install on Slackware.
Old 10-05-2006, 04:56 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Eternal_Newbie
From what I remember when I had a K6-2 500, the K6 is partly i686 compatible, but the later K6-2 series is suppost to be fully compatible, or almost.
Yeah, but I'm pretty sure that one is also technically an i586, and it appears to be because of the FPU.


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