Pentium III Hardware
I have access to Pentium III desktops ranging from 500 MHz to 900 MHz. with 256 megs of ram to 1 gig. I need a system I can run open source spread sheet and word processing software and Internet access. They have DVD and floppy drives and 60 gig HD. I also want to run dual monitors, will these systems work?
I am currently running Ubuntu 10.4 on a netbook and love it, but have limited funds and can get this whole setup with dual monitors for less than 100.00 Thanks for the help
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Those systems sound like they would run Debian or Slackware without much issue.
The only problem you might run into is perhaps the dual monitors.
Do they come equipped with only 1 graphics chip each? Or do they have 2?
They have 1 on the mother board, but thougt I could add a additional PCI video card for second monitor. Or I could purchase a new dual NVIDIA card for 49.00 and still have a system for less than 150.00. I am a construction estimator, freelance of sorts. The estimating I do is web based software and spread sheets.
Then you've got the right idea.
If you have the choice of which system to obtain, I would advise trying to get one that is closer to the 900 mHz side of that scale.
Do that, get your second card, and you should have few issues getting a system with dual monitors up and running.
Note, however, that utilizing a PIII and 256 RAM will give you a perfectly workable system, you'll have to be selective on which distro you install.
Take a look here for some opinions of what you might want to use.
What with your needs for web-based and spreadsheets, I think Debian or Slackware would do you well. If you're fairly new to Linux, you could also look to Absolute Linux.