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Old 06-14-2006, 10:14 AM   #1
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Red face From Ubuntu with Gnome to Ubuntu with Icewm, Advice

Hi! I'm new to this forum, but I've been using Ubuntu Linux since October of last year, (approx). I recently had the internet set up at my house, (rather than having to go to the library every day) and discovered that using the internet and everything that I like to do on my computer uses up my RAM. My computer is a blueberry clamshell PPC iBook, with 128MB ram and 3 GIG HD space.

You see my problem? I had the idea of trying a lightweight desktop; an ubuntu server install and IceWM. I've written down many sets of instructions given by different places on how to go about the install, so I know basically what to do at installation, but I need some other advice before I go through all the trouble of installing and having something not working right. So it's PowerPC; IceWm IS compatible with PPC correct? Or should I use Fluxbox instead? This is the question I'm still considering, though I'm leaning strongly to IceWM. I wanted Enlightenment, but from what I can tell it doesn't support PPC yet.

Now beyond IceWM, I have a few ideas. Web Browser, I have considered getting the resent version of Firefox, and installing it from the binary, rather than doing apt-get for the ubuntu version. I'm told the official version runs faster. But what about other light weight browsers? Would something like dillo be better for me, until I see how much space I can risk for a good browser? Mozilla and Firefox are what I'm used to using, and at the library I use Epiphany (all our cities libraries run Linux. So boss!)

I also was interested in Thunar for a file manager, it just came out, anybody with IceWm whose tried Thunar? Or is there some other file manager that's low on the resources load that I should know about.

What I do on the computer? Internet, writing (I prefer to use abiword for large documents, or gedit for single text files), some pictures, I like to store lots of pictures to use for backdrops, (I like having a big colorful background picture, but the panels and windows don't have to be pretty. Icons are something I like to play with sometimes, and I plan to make my own icon set based on the Harry Potter books and movies.) I also do some art and I'm used to using Gimp, but maybe I could switch to something lighter. What about inkscape, what's that like?

Hope this gives you an idea of what sort of functionality I want. I'd rather not switch from Ubuntu, since I already have the Live and Install disks for Breezy, and Dapper is on its way to my mail box.

Thanks in advance everyone. Hoping this community proves to be very friendly and helpful, I've been on communities where my questions are basically out right ignored and nobody tells me why. O_o Thinking this place is going to be better.
Old 06-14-2006, 02:27 PM   #2
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Your RAM is fine for Xubuntu even.

What worries me is your hard drive space--3 GB.

With that limited space, I wouldn't even do a server install and more--that can take up to 500 MB or more (the server install itself is 500 MB... once you're start adding on a GUI and web browser, etc., it can get up to 1 GB).

I would use Damn Small Linux on that computer, not Ubuntu.


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