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July 26, 2006 7:46:38 AM

Yet another noob question
anyway i got a new (old) PC the other day, a presario 7400 desktop. incase u dont know the specs (wierdo if u know them...)
K6-2 533
128 SDRAM
4.7 GBhdd
unknown grafixs and mobo
i know its a powerbeast and stuff but for 20quid, i couldnt refuse

anyway i want to install a linux release onto it so it can be useful.
it use to have WinME...but as soon as i got home i decided that WinME is the devil reincarnate (and the copy i have is in Chinese), so i got that off quickish...unfortunately i dont have the Disk for any copy of windows that i want to run on it.
The main purpose of this machine is to be a desktop with internet, word processing and other office apps. also if possible i want see if i can stream music and video to it from other computers on my network. Though if i dont use it as a desktop then I was thinking of making it a smoothwall server type thing.

Anyway Because it only has 128 RAM i dont think i can run a LiveCD to test out the release. also...i think that the grfx card borrows heavely from the sys RAM, which makes it really crap..with that inmind...can it effectively run a desktop? like gnome or KDE?

edit. i did look at the sticky but its a bit out of date

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July 26, 2006 10:49:00 AM

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Yet another noob question
anyway i got a new (old) PC the other day, a presario 7400 desktop. incase u dont know the specs (wierdo if u know them...)
K6-2 533
128 SDRAM
4.7 GBhdd
unknown grafixs and mobo
i know its a powerbeast and stuff but for 20quid, i couldnt refuse

anyway i want to install a linux release onto it so it can be useful.
it use to have WinME...but as soon as i got home i decided that WinME is the devil reincarnate (and the copy i have is in Chinese), so i got that off quickish...unfortunately i dont have the Disk for any copy of windows that i want to run on it.
The main purpose of this machine is to be a desktop with internet, word processing and other office apps. also if possible i want see if i can stream music and video to it from other computers on my network. Though if i dont use it as a desktop then I was thinking of making it a smoothwall server type thing.

Anyway Because it only has 128 RAM i dont think i can run a LiveCD to test out the release. also...i think that the grfx card borrows heavely from the sys RAM, which makes it really crap..with that inmind...can it effectively run a desktop? like gnome or KDE?

edit. i did look at the sticky but its a bit out of date




Maybe install DSL on the HDD.

It will run as a live CD and install as debian

http://damnsmalllinux.org/download.html

:-D
July 26, 2006 2:56:30 PM

DSL is awesome. Only adding xubuntu in as it also has the apt-get goodness but also lets you try out XFCE, which I think is one of the easier "lightweight" WM/DE (which category does it actually fall in?) to get into.

In either case burn-e86, you can't go wrong with either.
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July 27, 2006 12:51:30 AM

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DSL is awesome. Only adding xubuntu in as it also has the apt-get goodness but also lets you try out XFCE, which I think is one of the easier "lightweight" WM/DE (which category does it actually fall in?) to get into.

In either case burn-e86, you can't go wrong with either.



Indeed that would be a good choice as well! :-D

DSL is also debian based and has apt-get.
July 27, 2006 6:43:37 PM

Right right, hence the "also has" modifier. Package management tastes like happy. Mmmm... happy.
July 27, 2006 7:29:37 PM

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Right right, hence the "also has" modifier. Package management tastes like happy. Mmmm... happy.



My eyes aren't working so well in my old age :-D
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