a) connochaet http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=connochaet
b) ubuntu-mini-remix (i386) http://www.ubuntu-mini-remix.org/download/10.10/ubuntu-mini-remix-10.10-i386.iso
To prepare your hard drive, begin by downloading an early version (1.3.5) of SystemRescueCD at sourceforge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/systemrescuecd/files/sysresccd-x86/1.3.5/
Next, get UNetbootin from the same source (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
). Then make a bootable small USB Flash Drive using UNetbootin and the sysresccd-x86-1.3.5 ISO file, both just downloaded.
Set your system BIOS to boot to USB first, then boot to your new System Rescue CD USB stick.
After it boots, SysRescCD wants you to hit defaults (hit Enter) a couple times. When you end up at the multi-colored prompt on the page asking user to enter either "startx" or "wizard," type in the following command
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=4096 conv=notrunc,sync
This will destroy all trace of any Windows File System, wiping your entire hard drive with zeros. It will take a while, depending on the size of your hard drive, so go make a sandwich or something. When it's done, you'll see some statistics after a statement that there is no "more space on drive" and the size of your hard drive.
Don't bail out yet!
At the same prompt, type in the desired "startx" and Enter
This brings up the XFCE mouse then a yellow-colored terminal.
In the yellow-colored terminal, type the command "gparted".
Partition your hard drive. If you don't know how, use the Slackware basic strategy of
one partition for root ( / ) -- 5GB, use ext4 file system;
one partition for swap -- 512MB should do; and
one partition for /home -- most or all of the remainder
NOTES: 1) in the OS install, when partition dialog pops up, choose Manual and then either Edit or Modify for each partition created previously with gparted, telling it to yes, use the partition, format it using ext4 file system for / and /home; swap should be okay. So, write down how you partition, noting /dev/sda1 or sda2 or sda3, size, label (if any), and file system (ext4); 2) a person could also download the ISO file and burn it to a CD, but if no CD burner, do as above.
It's easy. When done partitioning, simply enter the command "init 6" in the yellow terminal window and reboot follows.
a) antiX http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=antix
b) #! http://crunchbanglinux.org/blog/2010/03/19/development-release-crunchbang-10-statler-alpha-1/
c) Peppermint One http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=06446
d) Mint-9-lxde http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=60
e) If he must go with ubuntu, go with SuperOS (Super Ubuntu) http://hacktolive.org/wiki/Super_OS
Even with one gig of RAM, the Celeron will be "happier" if its user stays away from either Gnome or, especially, KDE.
Yes, e) has the Gnome Desktop Environment, so it will be slower that those above it.
Just be aware of it.
a) and b) have great forums; b) is going to be a good one to learn on, if patience and perseverence exist;
c) is one of my personal recommendations -- based on ubuntu but better adapted (this is also why I point ot SuperOS over stock ubuntu); d) is fun and shares a developer with c) so there are many similarities; a) will work on most anything and is Debian-based, along with b).
As a Debian distro, both can take advantage of the award-winning script called smxi (http://smxi.org/
) which will save a lot of hassle and time after install for upgrades and which will not work with ubuntu-based distros. It is worth noting and definitely worth using should you wish to go with a) or B) or any true Debian-based distro.
There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation.
W. C. Fields