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I have an old computer and I wanted to do something different so instead of Windows, I was thinking about put Linux or Unix on it just for kicks. I'll also feel that some basic, know how about these ops would be good for me to have. What would be a good one to start with and what's it good for?
 
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Posting the specs for that "old computer" would help narrow down the choices:
cpu
memory amount(important)
HDD
Vid card and monitor
Id be easy on myself and try Linux first.:)
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It's been a while since I've really looked at it so I'll get as close as I can.

233Mhz (don't remeber the brand)
40MB RAM
20Gig HDD
56x CDROM

I'm not sure about the rest, the video card is 4 or 8 MB and not sure about the monitor I just know it's about 3 years older then the computer (we got the computer in 95). I was thinking Linux myself, would you know a good site to go to about it? Thanks for your help.

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How much RAM would be a good amount? It shouldn't cost much to add some, so what should I go for. (Of course as long as the mobo excepts it)
 
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well, 128 is pretty good, and i would go with mandrake linux, thats what i run, its easy and user freindly
WWW.Linuxiso.org
thats the place i download iso images for free
 
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Oh, and be worned that you will you probobly ever by a windows machine again in you life!!!!
 
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128 Ram probably too weak for Genome. I have an AMD 450, 96 Ram, and 4.5 gid hard drive Toshiba notebook. It has no problem with 98,Me,and XP but once install Red Hat 8.0, it is soo sluggish. I mean huge different.

You probably need 256 of Ram
 

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Really?!? I was always led to believe that linux ran better then windows and ran off of less via ram and such. Have I been miss led? I know nothing out side of windows and I'd like to change that, fast! That's why I'm asking this.
 
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128 MB would work ok with kde.Its a bunch of other things that get installed ,like unwanted services,that may slow your comp down.256 MB is the ideal minimum amount and I dont run anything with less.
Linux does make better use of your physical ram than windows.It also depends on how you use your comp,too.
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My redhat 8.0 is still new and involved very little tweaking. The only thing been added and still in progress is Samba configuration. I do installed a few more development tools such as jdk and scripting tools on top of personal version. Not sure how linux manage the memory but from what i observed Red Hat is slower than windows. When I tried to open a few (arond 4 applications) the machine run very very slow .. almost another 3-5 minutes of idle time for another application to pop up such as OpenOffice.

Oh sorry .. i am running Gnome not kde. Does that makes a different ?
 
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I am currently running slackware 8.1 on very modest hardware (500 Mhz K6-2 CPU, S3-based video with 4 Mbytes, 392 Mbytes RAM, 20 Gbyte and 40 Gbyte hard drives). I run X-windows, KDE, Gnome and lots of apps without problems. Your response time of 3-5 minutes to open another app is terrible, especially considering your hardware. Although RedHat tends to be a bit bloated compared to slackware, I have to believe that your hardware would more than make up for any difference. I'd start investigating possible performance bottlenecks ...

Hope this helps.
 
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