Looking to play with my new distro and do some learning along the way.
I would like to dual boot (if possible ) Slacko Puppy 5.5 on an old Dell Optiplex GX 240 which currently has Windows XP SP3 on it.
The Dell also has a Pentium 4 in it (1.70 Ghz) and I just recently upgraded it to 1 GB of RAM.
I've tried Live versions of Ubuntu, Mint and, of course, the Puppy. All three ran pretty well and I'm aware that by installing in on the HD things should improve even more.
Please note that this is a used computer I bought (and cleaned up) for the purpose of exploring so if I break it, I won't lose anything as I haven't put anything of mine on it.
So here are some questions I have for this part of the adventure:
- Am I able to dual boot with this set up?
- Will I need to partition the HD to make this happen?
- Should I just blow Windows off this machine and let my Puppy run free?
My goal here is get familiar with Linux, stumble my through some parts of it and learn, which is why I elected not to go with either Mint and/or Ubuntu. They both seemed very nice and were easy to negotiate through because of their similarities to Windows.
I'm am not coming at this from a "I hate Windows" position but rather which distro is some *in-between* point of super-easy to learn and which one will force me to read more, explore more, play more and learn more.
I'm aware that there are numerous distros out there...been doing a lot of reading and *whew* it can get overwhelming at times, but I'm still loving it and still having fun.
As for what I'd like to do with the distro; not much really. Surf the 'net, post on Bleeping and do some audio editing, that's probably the biggest use. I tweak, clean and mix up a lot of audio using Audacity.
Thanks in advance for the help, feedback and information and also thanks for being out there.