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    What Linux distro do you recommend for this system?


    what Linux distro do you recommend for this system?
    system:
    233mhz pentium mmx
    64mb ram
    4mb s3 video card (upgrading to a 16mb Voodoo)
    3gb hdd
    teac cd drive (almost dead)

    NOTE: this is an older system from when the power button wasn't a soft power button if you know what i mean)

    i managed to get Windows XP Pro working on it at a decent speed
    it also has 4x usb2 ports, a network card and a 16bit spundcard (ISA)

    i was thinking maybe knoppix and maybe even Mandrake 10 but that hardly runs well on my computer below.
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    I managed to get a fairly decent setup on an old Toshiba laptop (P122 with 48Mb of RAM) using Slackware (IceWM on the desktop).
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    I would recommend Slackware or VectorLinux using a lighter-weight window manager; IceWM, fluxbox, etc. would work well. You could also probably have some luck throwing Debian on the system.
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    That makes 3 recommendations for Slackware. That will be much more responsive than Knoppix. I think Mandrake 10 uses the 2.6 kernel which I think is a good deal heavier than the 2.4. Slackware, unlike most distros, keeps several older versions available for download. Slackware 8.1 is the first one with the 2.4 kernel. And Slackware has the best support that I have seen for older hardware.
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    thanks for the help

    i am currently running Mandrake 10 on the system mentioned at the end of this message. I think that i need a new window manager because i have tried Gnome and KDE (currently running KDE) and they both are much slower than XP pro was on this system.

    is there another window manager that is not as slow as KDE or gnome but looks quite good?
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    Kde and Gnome are both resource hogs.
    Fluxbox, IceWM, XFce or Enlightenment would be better.
    Plus there are a ton more Window managers that I am not mentioning.
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    this is the 2nd time ive been told to try fluxbox

    where do i download it (im sure it didnt come with Mandrake)?

    THANKS FOR THE SUGGESTION(S)!
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    www.fluxbox.org
    You can find all about it there.
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    i downloaded it and tried to install it using the method that a linuxforums user gave me and it gave me the error which keeps coming up every time i try to compile something

    Code:
    configure: error: C++ preprocessor "/lib/cpp" fails sanity check
    what the hell does this mean????
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    I am no expert at this when it comes to compiling errors. But that looks like there is something seriously wrong with your C compiler.
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