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    minimum system Requirements?


    I have a friend using an old PC, with P4 1.6G, 256MB ram, 20GB hard disk, no DVD drive but a CD burner, on board intel graphic card, LAN. He said that running XP on it is slow, and seek for advice, I told him to install linux, and I recommend him to install Mandriva 2009 GNOME or LXDE which fits low profile environment. Later, I went to the Mandriva's web site, they said that the minimum ram should be 512M, and DVD drive is required. The reason I recommend Mandriva is easy to use and I think Mandriva got the best compatibility on hardware among all distro. but after reading the system requirements, should I recommend Mandriva anymore?

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    RAM required may definetly be 512MB.
    reuirement for DVD drive can be resolved. u can install linux from .iso file residing on ur hard disk also. have a look...(if you find any thing interesting)

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    Quote Originally Posted by steven.chien View Post
    I have a friend using an old PC, with P4 1.6G, 256MB ram, 20GB hard disk, no DVD drive but a CD burner, on board intel graphic card, LAN. He said that running XP on it is slow, and seek for advice, I told him to install linux, and I recommend him to install Mandriva 2009 GNOME or LXDE which fits low profile environment. Later, I went to the Mandriva's web site, they said that the minimum ram should be 512M, and DVD drive is required. The reason I recommend Mandriva is easy to use and I think Mandriva got the best compatibility on hardware among all distro. but after reading the system requirements, should I recommend Mandriva anymore?
    512 is usually a good rule of thumb, but as long as the distro is using a lightweight desktop (like LXDE, Fluxbox, FVWM, etc) it's not so much of an issue. I don't see a reason why a DVD drive would be required if you can still download the single-disk version on CD. If it works on your buddy's machine, to hell with the system requirements, I say.
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    Thanks! I think I will frist try to run the live CD and see whats next!

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    IF there still are boot options like "vga16" or "vgalo"it would help you to boot install disk with low RAM.. used to be 3-4 years a go (versions 2005,10.x)
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    download old version where he can easily install regardless of low RAM, make minimal install (at least with 10.0 was still possible to select individual packages) and update step-to-step to 2009 (lots of time and playing with urpmi included)
    or try alternatives.. If he likes playing around with very different things then hint:OpenBSD runs generally very nicely on old computers.. never tested X Windows on my BSD box though.FreeBSD is probably better for desktop

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    I don't think so, my classmate is no more than a user who surfs the Internet and do some lite office work, he don't have any "advance" Knowledge, so I need to pick him a easiest to use distro. and with the minimum problem(drivers) need to deal with!

    Thank's for your advice,

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