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Confused about which "flavour" to try or use!!


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#1 English Teacher

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:56 PM

Hi,

 

I have a 10 year old desktop (specs below) which is currently running WIndows XP PRO SP3. As it is so old, I can't run any other OS on it and as MS is stopping ALL support for XP in just under a year now. I am now deciding to try out a Linux OS.

I have read quite a lot about the different "flavours" (haven't found a pizza flavoured one yet though :lmao:  ) Anyway, I'm confused even more now.

The computer would be mainly used by my 10 year old, for surfing the web, listening to music, some online games websites, maybe some photo editing, nothing major really.

 

Any ideas would be grateful.

Thanks in advance for the advice. :clapping:

 

 

 

Intel Pent 4, 3000MHz

RAM 1.5 GB (1 GB added within the last month) I know, over 9 years with only 512MB RAM :orange:

Motherboard: ASROCK P4V88 (NB not the P4V88+)

Hard Drive: 80GB , partioned into two drives C and D both partions being 40GB

BIOS: American Megatrends Inc

          Version P1.60 : Release Date 10/28/2004 : Size 256KB

Video Adapter Properties: Radeon 9200 PRO

 


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:09 PM

Here is a helpful link: http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major

That lists the most popular and major distros and or flavors.

The most commonly used distro is ubuntu as it has many tools that make using it a lot easier. Just take a look and read over the page I linked to, it lists all the information on each distro and lists the pros and cons of each. :)
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Posted 20 April 2013 - 09:20 PM

Your hardware is okay, but almost marginal for the modern Linux distros with bloated Desktop Environments like KDE, Gnome, Mate, others, IMHO.  Give the following a look:

 

Qimo4Kids
http://www.qimo4kids.com/

Emmabuntüs
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=emmabuntus

 

Others are Kiddix and ForesightKids, about which I do not know anything. :tophat:

 

Suggest upgrading/getting rid of the Redeon, however, to save headaches.  Your choice!


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 10:15 AM


Intel Pent 4, 3000MHz

RAM 1.5 GB (1 GB added within the last month) I know, over 9 years with only 512MB RAM :orange:

Motherboard: ASROCK P4V88 (NB not the P4V88+)

Hard Drive: 80GB , partioned into two drives C and D both partions being 40GB

BIOS: American Megatrends Inc

          Version P1.60 : Release Date 10/28/2004 : Size 256KB

Video Adapter Properties: Radeon 9200 PRO

 

 

English Teacher,

 

As pane-free said, your hardware should support a linux system.

 

I have xUbuntu loaded on an Intel Atom 1.6GHz, with 1GB RAM.  It functions well enough to surf and email.  More intensive things like VMPlayer, Wine, etc. cause it to bog down a little. (Some times a lot!) :blink:

 

I would suggest that you download some of the live CD iso images, such as xUbuntu, Knoppix, Wary Puppy, etc., and try running them from the CD without installing on you hard drive.  That will give you a feel for the system, and help you decide which way to go.

 

Cheers!

 

Naught


Edited by Naught McNoone, 22 April 2013 - 10:17 AM.





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