[NBLUG/talk] Request for hardware and distro recommendations
E Frank Ball
frankb at frankb.us
Wed Apr 26 14:00:30 PDT 2006
On Wed, Apr 26, 2006 at 12:33:32PM -0700, Roger House wrote:
} 1. Is it even reasonable to try using this machine for Linux? Some
} x86 Family 6 Model 7 Stepping 3
} 500 Mhz (?)
} 261,492 KB RAM
} 12 GB disk
No problem running "Linux", but some applications would be painfully
slow. I have some machines slower than that still in use, and they are
fine for their intended purpose. The KDE desktop and firefox are a
couple things that would be very slow. I keep an old PC on the coffee
table in front of the TV (333MHz PII, 320MB RAM). Firefox is a pig and
too slow on this machine. Opera is OK (a little sluggish, but the best
compromise between speed and features). Dillo is screaming fast, but
very feature limited. I use fvwm for a window manager and I don't try
to run openoffice or gimp or similar things on it.
} 3. What Linux distro is recommended?
} My primary aim here is to learn Linux and associated software from the
} ground up from hands-on experience. I should say that I'm a software
} developer who has been around since punch-card days (you know all those
} old greybeards who show up at NBLUG meetings? I'm one of them) so I
} have some technical background.
I like Debian. It can do a minimal install and run lean and mean, or
you can load up all the bloatware you want. It's easy to maintain and
has a huge software collection available. You could also look at SuSE,
Madriva, or Ubuntu.
E Frank Ball frankb at frankb.us
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