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Want suggestions on new Linux distro

by phil66 / December 10, 2007 1:47 AM PST

Dell xps 600 Pentium D dual core 3.0 ghz
1ghz ram
Nivda card
2 harddrives 250gb for Windows XP, 80gb for Linux

I have tried the following distros and I am unhappy with each one for one reason or another

Suse,Ubuntu up to fiesty,Pclinuxos 2007,Pclinuxos 0.93

Would like someone to suggest another distro to try

It has to be one that will work with dialup as no other systems available in this area.

Thanks in advance

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Make your own?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 10, 2007 1:56 AM PST
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dial up
by welrdelr / December 10, 2007 5:42 AM PST

you have to configure the dialup, PPP services by hand. Any distro will work.
You need a compatible modem, the dialup number- if it isn't static, you will have a lot of trouble, your user name, and your password.

You heard/read build your own. Try Debian. You'll need to have wget installed to download the distro.
Also, satellite is available in all areas. Whether or not you can afford it is a different story.

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I suggest
by tekchallenged / December 11, 2007 6:06 PM PST

Puppy Linux.

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What don't you like?
by 3rdalbum / December 16, 2007 6:07 PM PST

What don't you like about each distribution? Once we know what you don't like, we can tell you about distributions which don't have those things Happy

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What don't you like?
by phil66 / December 17, 2007 2:05 AM PST
In reply to: What don't you like?

Thanks for the reply

Suse was my first venture into Linux It was a good learning experience but expense of distro make it beyond my reach

Ubuntu up to Dapper ran very well Then along came Fiesty and the
problem of not being able to use dial-up. Yes everyone says no problem but forum full of complaints

Pclinuxos 2007 which I really felt was the right distro for me turned out to be a real problem
First was the keyboard problem it locked up and after very many post at the forum I had to delete an entry to get it working
Then there is the update problem from synaptic open office will not update fully
Then the kde datebase update created problems finally had to install another update which was not listed as a dependency
Now the problem is after downloading keyboard and mouse updates from synaptic I can no longer get past the boot using either username or root
All items tried return XIO error

I just want a system I can use that will allow me to use browsers
email music and have the ability to change desktop and themes on a dial-up hook up

I can use gnome or kde prefer Foxfire and Thunderbird no preference of update managers

Because I have only dial-up connection I purchase live cd disc
for use in installing distro's

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Tried Knoppix?
by James Denison / December 28, 2007 12:26 AM PST
In reply to: What don't you like?

I prefer it to Ubuntu. I have fewer problems with it and the included software seems to work better on the Live CD, instead of getting prompts to download the programs. I have it setup on a "poor man's" install on win98se's FAT32 partition, using loadlin.exe and config.sys boot choice menu.
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reply to: What don't you like?
by vixenk / January 5, 2008 4:21 AM PST
In reply to: What don't you like?

I don't know if this will help or not but you might want to try giving Mepis a spin. I know it's one of the distros that come with some winmodem drivers...

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I like PCLinuxOS 2007
by rranger1 / December 28, 2007 8:25 PM PST

I've been using PCLinuxOS in both Live CD and installed versions for a couple of years now, after having a problem installing Mandriva (I used to use Mandrake).

Using PCLinuxOS with my hardware has been absolutely painless, including all updates through the Synaptic package manager. It finds all dependencies and has updated all software packages I use - including Open Office - flawlessly.

I tried using Ubuntu (Gutsy) for a while, but found the Gnome interface annoying. So, I went back to PCLinuxOS 2007 (which uses KDE). You can also easily use Gnome in PCLinuxOS if you like.

Hope this helps.

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Linux dialup distros
by mrlt / December 30, 2007 9:55 AM PST

Hi Phil66
Just stumbled across your post and thought I would pass on what I've found as i try to get a Dell Dimension 2400 to be a Linux dialup only system. As you have found Linux is very poor in supporting dialup as a plug and play option. So far the only 2 Linux distributions i have found to be able to install and when finished installing the modem was ready to go, except for user sign in and password and tel number to log on to isp, was Puppy Linux. This is a mini-distro. Less than 100mb if i remember right. And yes it will run from a cd so you can verify that it will set up your modem before you install. You may have to try different versions to see which one supports your dialup modem the one that worked for me was 2.17.1 with full drivers. I'm using a old AT&T - PCI Winmodem. So far its the best modem that i have that works with Linux. Another Linux distro that works for me out of the box except for name,password and tel number is Xandros, however you must pay for their Linux. They do however let you download a limited trial, 7days i think. Home version was around $40 to $50 i think, so you can see if it works with your modem. I just came across another called Pioneer Linux offered by a company that specializes in providing dialup isp for Linux systems. Started to download but my wife who is a big world of warcraft game player gets on my case when my downloads slow her game, marriage maintenance, so will wait till later to download.
Hope this helps mrlt.

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"Linux is very poor in supporting dialup as a plug and play"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 30, 2007 9:59 AM PST
In reply to: Linux dialup distros

Sorry this is well discussed if you research WINMODEMS and LINUX.

The makers of these modems rarely release drivers or the pieces needed to get them working in Linux. To fix this is easy. Install any non-Winmodem.


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Copy drivers
by FredMars / January 3, 2008 8:02 AM PST
In reply to: Linux dialup distros

Why not just copy the drivers (modules) into the proper directories on the Linux you like and restart the daemon that uses that module? That's the great thing about using it, just need to be sure that it supports your Linux kernel version.
And as far as preferring KDE over Gnome, you can also change the default desktop manager under all flavors of Linux.

I am new but I am learning how flexible Linux is. And with all distros there are pros and cons. Most "pricey" versions are probably business oriented. Red Hat, Suse, business, Linspire, Ubuntu, home user, novices okay.

When I first started using Windows, there were many more issues with hardware and software installations, that many had to be performed at a DOS command line. Considering all of the efforts of the open source world in putting together an operating system with the vast array of applications that are all available freely, it really is a wonder that there are so few Linux users out here.

And in the spirit of open source, it seems that open support is another fundamental difference in the Linux world.

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