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What version of Linux

by themoth02 / June 28, 2006 1:03 PM PDT

HI; I recently reformatted my Pc that had windows 98se on it.Pent ll 384mb Ram, 6gb HD. I would like to install a version of Linux that is as close to Windows as possibble.Which one would that be? Also now that I have reformated the HD the only thing the Pc will recognize is a floppy.If anyone can give me any advise on how to create a Linux Floppy or I can burn to a CD from my other Pc.Thanks in advance.

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burn the .iso
by linkit / June 28, 2006 2:16 PM PDT
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Download the ''.iso'' file for a Linux distribution. Use the CD/DVD burning software (Nero, Sonic, CDBurnerXP, etc.) on a working computer to burn the .iso image to a disc to create the bootable Linux installation CD. Boot the CD in your PII computer.

I like to get Linux distributions here:

Many people start with Knoppix Live CD just to get a feel for a linux desktop environment (Windows-like). A live CD will run the operating system off a CD; that is, it's not installed to the hard drive.

''As close to Windows as possible'' usually means Xandros; however, it will be too slow on your machine.

Another popular distribution is Ubuntu. You might want to try Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) to see if it is fast enough for your machine. I have had it running on a PIII 500MHz 384MB computer--it's not bad, but my HD is much larger (20GB).

I would try Damn Small Linux on that machine to make it run faster.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 28, 2006 9:52 PM PDT
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what version of linux
by jbndhs / July 3, 2006 4:07 AM PDT
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IMHO the best one is PCLinuxOS. Go to and either download or buy a ''live cd''. You can try it out without installing anything. It also comes with an install program. I have been using it for more than three months and love it. Try it!!!! BTW it has a ''new users guide" and a very friendly forum.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle...
by jaredwbrown / July 16, 2006 1:48 PM PDT
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A better use for that machine may be to turn it into a print server, or put a big hard drive in it and make it a file server, or put some cheap NICs in it and make it a router/gateway. You could put a shell script podcatcher like podget on it, schedule it with cron, and turn it into your podcast tivo device.
I use Fedora Core 5 on my laptop and I put Ubuntu 6.06 on my wife's laptop (identical machines). The Ubuntu recognized the wireless card where I had to find a driver and put in the /etc/firmware directory. A lot of little things like that make Ubuntu much more user friendly (and therefore less fun). She really likes the look, feel, and cool sounds of the desktop, but I think any kind of GUI is going to be painfully slow on a P2. Your going to be better off running it with a CLI (command line interpreter).

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by december# / August 14, 2006 6:48 PM PDT
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have tried install all the versions linux,i found the suse linux pro is a dream to install,put windows in first,then install over windows,not the reverse.
Good luck

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