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#1 kinggw23

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 02:08 PM

Hello all, I am new to this site and may be new to Linex/Ubuntu. I Have no clue what to expect about Linex/Ubuntu. I was wandering though, I have an old computer, a Tandy or AST same thing, I was wandering if I could run it on that machine. It doesn't have that much of a hard drive or ram. It was a gift back in 1993. The operating system is Windows 3.1. I also have a Dell Inspiron 1501 with Vista SP1. 80 gig HD and 2 gig of ram, dual core. I am not sure about running it on my Dell since it is still in warrenty. I would like to try though. Point me in the right direction. Hope it can run on the AST. Thanks.
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Posted 13 September 2008 - 02:23 PM

Also, If I ran Ubuntu from the DVD/CD drive, would it operate faster than Vista? So many questions. I wander if I uninstalled Vista, could I run Ubuntu only? What about my drivers for everything? Wifi, mouse, and everything else. Tempting.. Thanks
Dell Dimension E520
750GB HD 4GB Ram
ATI Readeon HD 5570 1GB DDR3
Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit

Dell Inspiron 1501
80gb HD 2gb Ram
Windows 7 Ultimate

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 07:24 PM

DSL might work on the old computer.
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/index.php/FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions - DSL Wiki
Minimum Requirements for DSL with X-Window:
* i486
* 24 MB RAM

Ubuntu will work on your new machine. You will need to choose either installing like other Windows programs using Wubi, a dual boot install where you will have the option at bootup to choose which OS to load, or you can use it as a live CD which will allow you to decide on installing or not.
You can order a free Ubuntu CD from the link below. It takes about 3 weeks stateside to receive the free CD.
https://shipit.ubuntu.com/

Other links you may find useful:
http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Hardy
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/100007/an-introductory-guide-to-linux/
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/41001/which-distro-is-right-for-me/

EDIT: You can expect using a live CD to be much slower than installed. It is a good way to explore though, to help you decide if you want to install.

Edited by buddy215, 13 September 2008 - 07:41 PM.

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 10:57 PM

TinyMe is a PCLinuxOS-based distribution, which is targeted at
older computers and people who want a very light and fast desktop environment.

http://tinyme.mypclinuxos.com/wiki/doku.php?id=latestrelease

As buddy215 stated, a LiveCD will run slower then an installed OS simply
because the data is compressed on the CD and must be decompressed "on the fly".

You can also run a LiveCD on the Dell without worry because it runs from the CD and
doesn't make any changes to your current setup. You don't even need to have
a hard drive installed to run a LiveCD.

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 12:59 PM

Thanks, I will think about it.
Dell Dimension E520
750GB HD 4GB Ram
ATI Readeon HD 5570 1GB DDR3
Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit

Dell Inspiron 1501
80gb HD 2gb Ram
Windows 7 Ultimate




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