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Recommend a Distro, Please


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#1 DnDer

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 06:06 PM

500mhz P3
14gb hdd
384mb RAM

The real trick, from my research, seems to be getting the thing installed. A lot of the distros require more ram to install then they do to run (ubuntu, for example, eats all 384 mb to install from cd).

So, with so many distros out there, what's best for an older machine like this?

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 07:47 PM

For a machine like that I would reccomend a distro like Kubuntu, which is optimized to run smoothly on older machines like that. It's avalible at www.kubuntu.org

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 04:44 PM

There's also Fluxbuntu, which is ultra-light.

I would recommend that, whichever distro you choose, you get the Alternate Installation CD/DVD. This means you won't have the cool graphical installer but instead will have an NCurses based text mode installer. It's not as pretty but it's much lighter on the resources.

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 05:52 PM

For the 'buntu's: Xbuntu would be a good choice or Fluxbuntu.

For all others: Puppy or DSL

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 09:50 PM

TinyMe, is a minimalist distribution of Linux aimed at making your
computing experience as bloat and lag-free as possible.
We do this for those of you who have old computers,

Minimum requirements for TinyMe are P166/64M RAM
The ISO is a slim 200Mb and can be run as a LiveCD before installing.
http://www.tinymelinux.com/doku.php


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Posted 07 April 2009 - 08:04 AM

What about: Tiny Core, Mint and Slack? I've had people recommend me these because of how resource-light they are.

Or is "resource-light" not the same as "works on old hardware?"

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 03:57 PM

Go here for info on all distros or take the Linux Distro Chooser test to help determine which distro is best for you.
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Posted 07 April 2009 - 04:00 PM

Slackware- has a very high learning curve for people new to Linux
Linux Mint- is an offshoot of Ubuntu
Tiny Core- is similar to DSL and Puppy (and I had never heard of it until you mentioned it)

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 06:51 PM

The results came out Suse, Kubuntu and Mandriva, with a warning that my computer might be too slow for the latter two distros.

I just got a copy of the latest Suse with a Linux Format Magazine I bought while on vacation... Might as well plug it in, right? Unless I really do need something micro-sized like DSL?

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 07:50 AM

I just got a copy of the latest Suse with a Linux Format Magazine I bought while on vacation... Might as well plug it in, right? Unless I really do need something micro-sized like DSL?


Go for it ........ Let us know if it worked out for you.
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 04:55 PM

It's not so much the size of the OS but rather the system load of a full size Desktop Environment and WM (window manager). For example Ubuntu 8.10 by default runs Gnome and Compiz (Compiz has effects similar to Aero in Windows Vista) where as Ubuntu 7.10 ran Gnome and Metacity (a WM without effects). They had to up the minimum system requirement from 256mb to 512 when they made the switch (but they still have Metacity installed so you can switch to and fro as you wish). i have ran older versions of Ubuntu, Fedora, and PCLOS on hardware similar to yours with no difficulties save having to use the standard installer over a graphical one.

Not saying it wont work but performance may be lacking. If you find that you like SusE but want it a little faster you may be able to use Xfce or E-17 (enlightenment) desktop environments with it. Unsure if they are available in the repositories or not since I haven't used SusE in sometime.

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 09:14 PM

Good book! A+++! Would read again!

Seriously, thanks for the tip about desktop environs and system drain. How do I turn it off from the get-go? If I don't have resources enough to get the Compiz running, I need Metacity right out of the box. How do I set that up with any of these distros?

Speaking of desktop environments, someone one showed me a distro whose multiple desktops were switched not with a button or a mouse click, but a graphical representation of a rotating cube. It was the most awesome thing I've ever seen a desktop do, shy of the very practical and stylish Conky application. (I love that toy, I do.)

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 04:17 PM

What you are referring to is Compiz Desktop Effects. The plug-in's name is "Cube". As for disabling Compiz at the start it depends on which distro you're using but in most cases at the login screen there is a "Sessions" button and clicking on it will bring up a list of options depending on what Enviroment and WM you have installed. Usually there is either Gnome and "Failsafe"Gnome or KDE and "Failsafe" KDE. go for the Failsafe version.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 05:50 PM

someone one showed me a distro whose multiple desktops were switched not with a button or a mouse click, but a graphical representation of a rotating cube

You'll need a pretty good video card.

It's really cool for showing off, but useless for daily use. (IMHO)

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 06:39 PM

It's really cool for showing off, but useless for daily use. (IMHO)

Blasphemy!!




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