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hello there
written by Duskesko on Jan 31, 2008 06:08
Okay. So I have this older HP system.

1. The restore disks can give me Windows ME already optimized and configured.
bleh
2. I have a great WinXPpro(with SP2) install but I don't have the ram for that.
too bad, I like WinXPpro with visuals turned off. bleh

So, I'd very much like a good Linux install.
BUT, I'm lacking in power.

700mhz Celeron
128mb RAM
30gig hard drive
CD R/RW
miniATX motherboard with Integrated Intel Video / Audio chipsets

A few simple searches pointed to Vector Linux as a solution for older systems. I've got it installed and I'm playing with it, but I thought some of you might know a better Linux distro for me to use.

Please let me know what you recommend.
What distro?
What shell?
etc etc
hello! :) felysian
written by Hello! :) on Jan 31, 2008 07:17
A quick question, what do you want the computer to do?
hello there
written by Duskesko on Jan 31, 2008 08:11
hummm

i didn't think about anything specific. i just want it to do something other than collect dust.

this is kinda why i made this thread. i want suggestions for distros. anything interesting or useful is what i want it to do.
written by Barebones on Jan 31, 2008 09:19
While this post in LinuxForums might give some ideas, the best advice they give is to try on your own. I'd suggest you pick among the distributions that provide a "Live CD" (a CD image, that you can burn on a CD and use to boot the system from this CD without actually installing anything), so you can get the feeling of it, and choose one that feels nice. The differences between distros are relatively small compared to their likenesses, so choosing by taste is not a big crime, especially if your concern is its performance on a limited machine.

P.S.: I'm not sure why they recommend a list of "small" distributions on that link above. But I tend to think the limiting factor on those cases was the disk space, which is NOT your case. In 30 gigs you should be able to fit any major distribution. Your limitation is mainly RAM size, and secondly, CPU speed. So don't be afraid of trying any Live CD of "big" distributions. Your concern is performance, not disk space.
hello there
written by Duskesko on Jan 31, 2008 21:44
thanks.

i use the Damn Small Linux Live CD once in a while for recovering data from machines. Live CDs are teh roxors.

i'm guessing the limiting factor imposed by my ram/cpu speed will determine which SHELL i use, not so much which distribution.
X11 runs nicely on just about anything, but i was hoping to get more bells and whistles.

yes, i said bells and whistles.

this is all kind of a learning project for me.
unreal engine 3.0
written by Crembo on Jan 31, 2008 22:50
How about OpenGEU? It's based on Ubuntu but tries to go light without sacrificing "ooooooh".
faces or a vase?
written by Tom on Jan 31, 2008 23:31
Xubuntu (XFCE) or Fluxbuntu (if you like Fluxbox), you can install as many bells and whistles as you want. Damn Small is pretty good too. You could also configure your own Ubuntu variant, as shown here.
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written by Medeivalstargazer on Feb 01, 2008 00:03
I used Xubuntu on an older system with about the same specs for quite a while, and it works fine. Most of the tutorials out there are for Ubuntu though, so you have to figure out some of it yourself. And actually, Ubuntu isn't that bad on a low memory system.
written by Bensel on Feb 02, 2008 05:25
Having done it before (on a PC far worse than yours), I wouldn't recommend installing Damn Small. It works fine, but when it comes to configuring anything or installing packages, things tend to break massively: it's really designed to be a LiveCD more than anything, making normal use frustrating.
hello there
written by Duskesko on Feb 02, 2008 06:08
Bensel said:
Having done it before (on a PC far worse than yours), I wouldn't recommend installing Damn Small. It works fine, but when it comes to configuring anything or installing packages, things tend to break massively: it's really designed to be a LiveCD more than anything, making normal use frustrating.
oh i know this. i tried Damn Small a long while back as an install and it sucked hard. i only use it as a LivecCD.
written by Ouch on Feb 03, 2008 23:28
as far as usability and functionallity goes Ubuntu is pretty good. a little bloated maybe, but you can always trim it down to size once installed.
written by Shadow151 on Feb 04, 2008 03:07
replace the celeron with a P3 and add more ram i'd suggest then get ubuntu, its got alot of packages avalible for it for basicly anything you could ever think of doing with your computer
hello there
written by Duskesko on Feb 04, 2008 05:07
i got a p3 system with plenty more ram, but it's serving my mother's needs.

i know a p3 and more ram would be great, but i'm not asking how to upgrade an outdated system on a motherboard that sucks to begin with.

i just wanted to pick a nice linux distro to play with on it.

edit:

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I've downloaded several now and burned them. I'm gonna play with them now ^_^
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written by Granpire viking man on Feb 24, 2008 00:29
Puppy Linux is very small, very fast, and very feature-rich(for it's size). The only downside is that its not so user-friendly, but if you've used Linux before, it should be no problem.
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written by Megagun on Feb 24, 2008 12:48
Puppy ain't user friendly? Last time I tried it (which, arguably, has been a pretty damn long while) it was pretty newbie-friendly, due to the large ammount of dialog boxes and config tools...
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