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Wondering if anyone can recommend what the best distribution is for the dell dimension xps t600r (bought in 2000) with the following hardware. I'm looking for something that will install ...
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    best distribution for dell dimension xps t600r?


    Wondering if anyone can recommend what the best distribution is for the dell dimension xps t600r (bought in 2000) with the following hardware. I'm looking for something that will install without any compatibility/configuration headaches.

    The machine will be used just for internet surfing, word processing, and email so I don't need any bells and whistles - just minimal headaches.

    If anyone has actually TESTED an install on this machine that info would be GREATLY appreciated. Also please list required drivers if not included in the distribution. Thx.

    System: Dell dimension xps t600r, 600 MHZ Pentium III MiniTower Base w/MMX Technology and 256K cache

    Logitech MouseMan Wheel (PS/2V)

    Quiet Keyboard

    128MB SDRAM memory

    Turtel Beach Montego II A3D 320V sound card

    48x Max Variable CD ROM

    Harman Kardon HK speakers

    Conexant V.90/56K telephoney modem for Windows

    17" (16.0" viewable, .28 dp) E770 monitor

    32MB Diamond Viper 770D NVIDIA "Ultra" graphics card

    20.4GB Ultra ATA hard drive, 7200 RPM

    3.5" floppy drive

    3COM US Robotics 3c905c-TXM 10/100 Remote Wake Up NIC

    Canon Multipass C530 Printer/Fax/Scanner/Copier

    Logitech Quickcam Express (model number N/A so here's the link to it: http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/480/3406&cl=ca,en )

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    Id go for Gentoo on that Box.
    But if you think compiling takes to long try zenwalk(Slackware) or ArchLinux
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    Quote Originally Posted by cnxn View Post
    I'm looking for something that will install without any compatibility/configuration headaches.
    I don't think gentoo, arch or zenwalk are distros that work out of the box, they need lots of tweaking and configuring. I suggest you have a look at this poll for favorite distro for older hardware. My suggestion is xubuntu.
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    Well, Zenwalk works with AutoInstall.
    And, well Arch nearly does that.
    And they are Clean. So you can pick what DE you want

    Gentoo doesnt give me headaches and its great
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    Thanks for the advice thus far. I checked out the poll. Looks like DSL is the winner, but does anyone know of a forum / website where it matches hardware to OS's?? Like - "if you use this box we've tested this distro on it and there was not one hiccup in the install".

    I tried installing on another machine and configuring it was a complete nightmare. Really, I don't want to experiment with 5 separate systems, hunt around on the web for some cryptic commands to get things working, spend hours tweaking. I want to double click the EXE and have an OS that works, That's it.

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    Well then you should use somekind of Windows Live cd...
    Oh, wait you have to Tweak that for HOURS!
    Umm, well bad luck then.. ^^ since Linux doesnt have a EXE..
    Well with BackTrack2 I had just everything Instantly working. Even my wifi!
    BackTrack is Slax so you might want to look into that.
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