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Which Version, and what features?

Which Linux is better, and what are the features of each?
The Linux I want, I don't want to pay for. And as the Debian website, it said by free they mean freedom, not free. I thought about it. Then I got confused. I want a free Linux OS, free as in, at no cost in money. Just incase there are Linuxes made for certain type of systems, which I dont know because the websites are confusing about Linux, I will provide some details.

System Number 1:

Bought in 2005
HP Pavilion
Proccessor: AMD Athlon 64
Windows XP Home W/ SP2
RAM: 1 GIG w/ Shared Video Card (128 MEG)
Dial-Up ( I know it would be like visiting hell to download any linux on a dial-up connection, so I decided to go to a friend's house, who's internet speed is 54 Mbps, not sure what type of connection, and I plan to take a few CD(s) or DVD(s) w/me.
Speed 2.4 Ghz

System Number 2

Very Old
ITS Computer
90 something RAM
about 500 Mhz speed
Windows 2000 Pro NT

Even though I want a Linux with the most features, the main ones I want are to set-up my own e-mail server, web hosting server, and domain server. If these are not possible, its OK, because I think Apache can do that.
It is OK if my stuff wont be up 24/7 and if its slow. I am just a starter
And if doing these things is only possible by getting a server, which I dont want, is ther an alternate?

Anyways, I am a newbie, and a 13 year old. <- Hey, dont judge a person by it's age.

Thank you for spending your time reading this. I hope I cam get a reply.

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Linux from Scratch.

In reply to: Which Version, and what features?

You sound like you want to build your own distro.

Start with

I will not offer any comparison between Suse, Redhat and others since... you can do that already. I can't add to what fodder you'll find out on the net already. But Linux from Scratch is for those that are seeking some version they didn't find ready to use.


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In reply to: Linux from Scratch.

I appreciate your feedback. Thanks.

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There are several distros shipped in recent timet that will not run KPPP, a great dialer. One such was SuSe Pro 9.2. Kppp had several problems. For your purposes, home computers, wvdial will work.

Also, CentOs 4 would not run KPPP.

I have never had a problem with Mandrake and KPPP.

At age 13, you may not have money for an external modem, which eliminates a lot of win modem problems. I have always used internal modems, Lucent and Conexant, but I have laptop and travel a lot.

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OK, I will keep that in mind. And, it is OK if nothing does happen, because, I am just a new guy into this, and I just wanted to explore the Linux world. But, thanks for the help. I will bother if I need more help.

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