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Can you recommend a good Linux distro for this computer

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  1. AhrenBa

    AhrenBa Thread Starter

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    Hello,
    I have a very old computer from 2000 which only has a 466mhz celeron processor and 160mb of RAM and is currently running Windows 98se.

    Can any of you recommend a good linux distro that will run ok on this machine. Thanks
     
  2. AhrenBa

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    Ok, I just tried out the Damn Small Linux Live CD.

    My computer connects to the interent via a Linksys WUSB54G wireless router. Is there any way I can configure this in Damn Small Linux? Thanks
     
  3. Michiba

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    If you are lookin for a desktop enviroment try Xubuntu . DSL is not the best user enviroment.

    I run Ubuntu 6.06 on a 500mhz Celeron with 256 ram. So it's a decision of aestetics over speed.

    Michiba
     
  4. AhrenBa

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    Thanks for the suggestion. What is the difference between Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Xubuntu? Thanks

    Also, do you have any idea on how to get a Linksys WUSB54g wireless adapter to work with Linux? Thanks
     
  5. tragek

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    As far as the wireless goes, the best route is to investigate NDIS wrapper. It's a driver system that will allow Linux to use the native windows drivers to acess wireless devices. You will most likely have to recompile a kernel though, or choose a distro that has NDIS wrapper support built into the base distribution.
     
  6. AhrenBa

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    Ok, cool, do you know of any distros that include NDIS? So would I just copy the windows driver into linux?
     
  7. Michiba

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    Ubuntu - Gnome

    Kubunu - KDE

    Otherwise they are the same thing,,, basicly

    Xubuntu xfce4

    So Xubuntu is better for older systems as it has alowere demand desktop enviroment.

    It really does come down to what you want the system to do. Ubuntu is a great desktop enviroment but there are better leaner server versions about.

    Michiba
     
  8. craigbass76

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    I run CentOS on a 300mhz with 128 RAM, and it's ok. Gnome and KDE are a bit laggy, but XFce would probably clip right along.
     
  9. AhrenBa

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    Can you guys recommend which is best out of these distros?

    Mandriva
    Gentoo
    CentOS
    Slackware
    SLAX

    Please feel free to recommend any other good distros.
     
  10. danrael

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    I have been experimenting with PCLinux, Ubuntu, and Xandros, all three designed for ease of use. I like the PCLinux very much. The Xandros is specifically targeted to Windows users migrating into Linux. It will run Windows apps with an ad-on called Crossover, which must be purchased. All three will run some Windows apps with a free third party emulator called Wine. You can get copies of Ubuntu for free here:

    http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu

    There are both PC and Mac versions of Ubuntu available.

    PCLinux website: http://www.pclinuxos.com/news.php

    Xandros website: http://www.xandros.com/index.html

    You can purchase very inexpensive copies of all the major distros here:

    http://www.linuxcd.org/?ref=distrowatch

    Good Luck!
     
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