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Best GNU/Linux OS option for an old machine

Discussion in 'Linux / BSD / Mac OS X' started by Soylent Joe, Mar 21, 2010.

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    LOL, nice.
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    if ubuntu is too heavy on that computer

    try puppy ... puppylinux.org ... small download only 90mb

    i manage to install that on a friends 400hmz celeron computer last week, the install was a little hairy but it ran sweet once install, only had 128mb of ram too
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    10.04 will come out on April 2010, 10.10 will come out on october 2010, and so on. Ubuntu is fixed release, so you always know when you will get a new release.

    Puppy is nice, it is targeted to even lower-end pc tho... Its designed to run with 64mb of RAM. On his computer it would be a waste of computing power IMO.


    Try Chrome, its very lightweight. Go to "synaptics package manager" and search for chrome, then install it. You will of course find it under the Applications->Internet menu.


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    Just curious, what other Linux distro would you guys recommend apart from ununtu?? Debian seems preyy decent.
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    SuSE, Gentoo and Fedora.

    I'm still also a big fan of Slackware, but that depends on your needs and preferences. People who like compiling their own packages run Slackware, is the way I see it.
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    Beginner: Mint, openSuse, Pardus,
    Intermidiate: Sabayon, CrunchBang, Elive, Puppy, Fedora
    Power user: Arch, the one and only :D
    Ultra power user: LnuxFromScratch

    These are the best IMO, depending on your needs of course. I may have forgotten some.
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    ok, on topic: trying to get Linux running on a 2.4ghz celeron w/ 256 ram. it took about 30 mins to load the live cd ;P should I try puppy (im a linewb) or just grab a gig of ram for $10 ?
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    Took 30 mins? not really though right? I would lean toward a new optical drive if that was the case :laugh:

    I'd throw that RAM on that system though. Big diff either way.
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    go with the second option, with 10$ your PC will last at least another 6 years, with Linux.
    Also, Puppy is not very good looking IMO, and his repository is poor. The repository (AKA repo) is a list where all the possible quick-installable software (via internet) is avaiable. Of course you can install software manually too, but it takes longer.
    If my memory is good, i recall that puppy has around 1500-2000 programs in his repos, while Ubuntu, Arch, Mint etc. have more than 20000.
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