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I am fascinated by Linux and using it as my operating system

by LOLcomputeruser / February 28, 2009 7:56 AM PST

So I had a big system crash...XP os.

I finally gave up on the old computer and hauled it off to the bedroom. I had such a problem reloading XP and Windows updates that it simply was not worth the time.

Then I heard about this...Linux as an operating system. Hmmmmm....I went to the site http://www.linux.org/info/wanttouse.html and read every page.

I did see another post regarding fear....so I am going to download the program onto cd....and try it out. I don't use the computer for gaming or anything other than Word and internet. I see that OpenOffice works with the Linux system....


My question is...... is there a way to tell which version or what I should specifically be looking for when trying Linux?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Linux iso
by white-bread / February 28, 2009 12:54 PM PST

How much memory do you have?
128 to 256M RAM: debian, slax live, zenwalk. knoppix live, gentoo, slackware
256 to 512 The same as above,
512 or more: any linux distro suitable for your CPU.

Okay.
How much memory was on it?
Do you know how to burn an iso or someone that can burn one for you?
Was the cpu 32 or 64 bit?

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OK. So this is what I have sitting in the bedroom right now.
by LOLcomputeruser / March 5, 2009 3:05 AM PST
In reply to: Linux iso

Dell Dimension 4100

Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 2002
Service Pack 1

Intel Pentium III processor
747 MHz
384 MB of Ram

I was fortunate enough to have someone loan me a laptop. I can burn a cd from it and try it on the old tower. I have noted the suggestions and I see that one person actually tried the 8. version and likes it. Would this be suitable to try?

I am a complete illiterate I am finding out, in this particular area of computers.

Thank you all for your help and suggestions.

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The 8 version?
by 3rdalbum / March 13, 2009 10:25 PM PDT

I assume you mean Ubuntu 8.10 ("and don't you be forgetting the .10!") Happy

It will run on such a machine, but believe me it will be no speed demon. The big limiting factor is the RAM - you've got the precise minimum necessary to run the live CD! Of course, after you install Ubuntu to your hard disk, it will be faster than from CD.

Ubuntu would be suitable to try, but if possible you should look at Xubuntu. This is a version of Ubuntu that is designed for lower-powered machines and should be noticeably faster than the full Ubuntu. Along the same lines you could look at Zenwalk - it's completely different to Ubuntu, but it should be fairly user-friendly and lightweight.

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In the old day,
by ahtoi / March 1, 2009 3:36 AM PST

I have always discourage using linux on old/slow hardwares. I hate unresponsiveness. I have not tried any new distribution on old hardware lately so I am not sure how they are now. Give PClinuxOS a try and let us know.

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My Nickle's worth
by Bootnrally / March 3, 2009 10:03 AM PST

Not long ago, I started using Linux on one machine at home...mostly to see what this was all about. I had acquired a disc with Ubuntu 7.10, and one with Ubuntu 8.04. It took a few months to make the jump, but I opted for the 8.04...it was easier to install. This computer has a Biostar Motherboard, AMD Athlon 1200 (Socket A) and a full gig of RAM. It works perfectly. Takes a little while to get used to the new layout and some terminology, but I am really impressed. Open Office is included in the distribution, and that was even more cool. I use this mostly for net surfing on a wired cable modem, and a little bit of work stuff. Can't speak to the other distributions, because this was my first stab at Linux, but so far it has been an easy transition.

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