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Should I use it for Linux?

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by TheReaper, Jan 22, 2005.

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  1. TheReaper

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    I have an old 1998 Dell that I could use to install Linux on, you know, something to play around with. What version of Linux would work with 6GB HD space, 60MB of memory, a floppy and cd drive, internet connection and all that stuff, and what would be most fun to play with and most easy to use. I would appreciate it if you could tell me where I can find some documentation too, thx a lot! ;)
     
  2. Xephar

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    I had Linux Mandrake 9 running on a Pentium 166 with 64 MB of ram once... It worked quite well. I am still a linux noob though so don't take my word for it, but I think you would be fine with Mandrake, Fedora or SuSE. Each of those have an easy installer or so I am told.
     
  3. Squashman

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    I have run Red hat 9 on a Pentium 200 with 40mb of ram.
     
  4. short101

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    You could probably run any linux distro, its the window managers and programs that you run that will give you problems with that amount of ram, and processor. Just use light a window manager and get used to the command line instead of gui's. You'll might have a hard time getting your modem working though. Google "newbie best linux distro" and you will find lots of threads on that sort of question.
     
  5. tdi_veedub

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    Or use an older version of a distro.

    For instance, instead of using RedHat 9, try Redhat 7, or mandrake 7.
     
  6. TheReaper

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    Thanks guys. I chose Red Hat 7 because I checked out the Linux for dummies book and it came with the distro and Red Hat gives good support for a noob like me. I copies the cds and when I'm ready to use the old Dell LX and wait for my parents to get a new one by the end of the summer for the family, my pa said i could mess around with a linux distro up in my room. im still a linux noob, itl bee fun. thanks for your support

    thanks,
    Reaper
     
  7. displaymute

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    Yep, pretty much anything will work. Go with your preference.

     
  8. soybean

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    as soon as you have a bit of linux knowledge try vectorlinux http://www.vectorlinux.com light, easy to install, slackware based, the fastest distro you'll ever try. if you have normal hardware and aren't afraid of a text based interface (until you get X working) it will be great
     
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