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  Author  Subject: which flavor is best?
Anonymous  

Posted on 07-30-2005 01:21 p.m. ET  reply

hi, i'm jared my roomates and i are done with ms windows. we would like to make the switch to linux, but need some advice. we decided to figure out linux on the "old machine" before we make the switch on our new computer. we have a gateway essentials 866; p3 866mhz 64 mb ram. we arent really sure which flavor of linux would be best for this older machine. i would say we have an above average knowlege computers, but we are not programmers. we would like to get a free distro, but were not above spending $100 on something good. thanks in advance for your help.

-willis575@gmail.com
Scott Brady  
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Posted on 08-01-2005 09:21 p.m. ET  reply

Linux will run on very low-end hardware. Until recently I was running my network gateway/firewall on a 486 66Mhz box with 12MB of RAM. A 866Mhz PIII is very capable of running a modern Linux distribution. I would recommend upgrading your RAM if you plan on running graphical programs (x-windows, firefox, etc.). You can get a 128MB stick of SDRAM on NewEgg.com for ~$20.

As for a specific distribution, I would recommend either Ubuntu or Debian. You can download ISOs from both projects' websites.

UbuntuLinux.org
Debian.org

Ubuntu has the option of ordering a free CD at shipit.ubuntulinux.org. You can buy Debian CDs at CheapBytes.com.

Hope that helps.
willis575  

Posted on 08-05-2005 04:08 p.m. ET  reply

thanks. debian sounded good, but daunting. so i installed libranet linux, which i am told is based on debian, but more user freindly. i was shocked at how easy it was to install, and how seamlessly it worked with all my old
ew weird hardward setup. im using running KDE as my gui (is there a better one?), but im kinda lost in some areas. for one, installing things. i tried to download and install firefox, it just gives me an error message. i also tried downloading something with a .rpm extension and when i install it with from the command line, i get nothing. and, one last thing, i cant find any of my files. yeah, im retarded, but im determined to be a succseful and happy linux user.
dishawjp  

Posted on 08-25-2005 10:01 a.m. ET  reply

willis575 wrote:
>> but im kinda lost in some areas. for one, installing things. i tried to download and install firefox, it just gives me an error message. i also tried downloading something with a .rpm extension and when i install it with from the command line, i get nothing. and, one last thing, i cant find any of my files. yeah, im retarded, but im determined to be a succseful and happy linux user. <<


I have no Debian or Libranet experience, but since nobody else has responded yet, I thought I'd share my (slight) knowledge of installing on Debian-based systems with you.

There are three basic ways to install programs on Debian systems.
1)compile from source:
a) download source file. It is generally either in a .tar or .tar.gz or .tgz format. These are compressed bundles of files that need to be opened. A directory will be created with several files inside it and and one will contain the source code. There will also generally be a README and an INSTALL file which will give you directions on installing. To open a somefile.tar file, use the command:
tar -cvf somefile.tar somefile
Then:
cd somefile
Read the README and INSTALL text files, but usually the following set of commands will install the software:
./configure
make
make install
2) Debian uses a great installer called apt. Once your repositories are set up you can install a program (if its name is "program" with the command:
apt-get install program
Another very useful apt command is:
apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y
Which will fully update your system.
3)You cannot use .rpm binaries on Debian based systems. Debian packages will have a .dpkg extension.

HTH,

Jim Dishaw
Anonymous  

Posted on 12-22-2005 10:36 p.m. ET  reply

Another thing, have you ever heard of http://www.linuxquestions.org? This is a great sight to get help with linux on. Oh, by the way my username there is seashell11 I am from here in Skaneateles NY, just ran across this sight. Maybe I'll have to sign up.

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