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What Type Of Linux To Use?


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#1 holytoaster4

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 12:45 PM

for one yes, i am new to linux

i have an old hp desktop with two hard drives a 6.5 gigabyte and a 1. They are both competly empty it has 512 megabytes of RAM and only a 350 megahurtz processor. Really a piece of junk but i try to do as much as i can for even the most wortless things. Anyway what is the best free version of linux to run on this old tired computer.
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 08:21 AM

slackware


















yes, slack.
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 09:03 AM

Yes, Slackware or DSL would probably be the best way to go. I've not used Slackware but I've heard really good things about it.
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 12:38 PM

What is slackware? What good things have you heard about it? Is it bigger than DSL? Where can i find it? And isn't this really cool? :thumbsup:
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 04:49 PM

Yes that's cool, Slackware is one of the oldest linux distros. Good things I've heard about it is that it runs on old systems. It's bigger than DSL, and you can find it at Slackware's website: http://www.slackware.com/
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 05:39 PM

but this Posted Image is much cooler.

Slackware isn't exactly a beginners distro. However, your learning curve will be greaatly enhanced by it. You'll learn more, faster with it if you stay determined. It runs on almost anything, regardless of it's age...as long as it works.
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 06:51 PM

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/47691/slax-508-live-cd/ :thumbsup:
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Posted 06 November 2006 - 12:38 PM

thanks, and i'm always willing to try something new.

could you give me a rough estamate at least of how much space it will take up on my hard drive or ram if i used a live cd?
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Posted 07 November 2006 - 01:45 PM

thanks, and i'm always willing to try something new.

could you give me a rough estamate at least of how much space it will take up on my hard drive or ram if i used a live cd?


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Edited by Joedude, 07 November 2006 - 01:46 PM.

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 03:04 PM

it has to use either ram or hard drive space doesn't it you're confusing me.
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Posted 07 November 2006 - 03:39 PM

It does use RAM, I'm not sure exactly how much, there might be something out there to tell ya.
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Posted 08 November 2006 - 05:02 AM

It will use your RAM. I should have specified directly to the hdd. RAm is only temporary, like a scribble pad for your CPU if you will. It doesn't matter, unless your concern is you don't have enough...in which case:

Slackware Linux doesn't require an extremely powerful system to run (though having one is quite nice :thumbsup:. It will run on systems as far back as the 486. Below is a list of minimum system requirements needed to install and run Slackware.

486 processor
16MB RAM (32MB suggested)
100-500 megabytes of hard disk space for a minimal and around 3.5GB for full install
3.5" floppy drive
Additional hardware may be needed if you want to run the X Window System at a usable speed or if you want network capabilities.


or look for yourself;
Slackware web site

Either way, it's been a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time since a machine came with only 16 Mb RAM.

This info is for an install, obviously.

Edited by Joedude, 08 November 2006 - 05:04 AM.

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 01:00 PM

:thumbsup: in that quote it say's that i need 486 processor mine is a 350megahurtz processor and i'm also considering using it for a laptop with 400 megahurtz.

Edited by holytoaster4, 08 November 2006 - 01:00 PM.

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 01:13 PM

486 refers to the architecture, not the MHz. It's an old standard which is only semi used today...I am sure you have ample MHz to run slack...

Here's a little story about a processor named 486

http://www.pcmech.com/show/processors/35/2
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Posted 08 November 2006 - 01:29 PM

oh, okay.
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