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Hi, I just recently went to a garage sale and bought a hp620lx palmtop and this desktop. The minute I saw it I wanted it The person had two of ...
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    Ipaq desktop


    Hi,
    I just recently went to a garage sale and bought a hp620lx palmtop and this desktop.




    The minute I saw it I wanted it

    The person had two of them, but this ones processor was almost twice as strong so I went with this one.

    It has a pIII CPU running at 730Mhz
    384MB RAM
    20GB hard drive.

    Any suggestions on a distro of linux for me to use? I always like getting others opinions on stuff. And I might happen apon a different distro to try. Something unique maybe.

    I also bought a 40GB IDE hard drive, and my parents got some gaming supplies for our windows 98 computer. My dad plays wolfenstein and stuff on it.

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    Actually, you could go with several options on that.
    Ubuntu, Fedora and the like are out of the question, as they would run like molasses in winter.
    But something that should work quite nicely is Debian, Slackware or Arch. Just use a light-weight WM like IceWM or Openbox.

    While the compile times would be fairly long, you could also try CRUX or Gentoo.
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    Thanks

    I was thinking maybe puppy linux? But I heard that it constantly runs as root so it isn't very secure.

    Maybe crunchbang, I have never used it before though.

    I will do some comparisons and see what I like

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    antiX or MEPIS might be just right for you.
    Low system requirements, full featured GUIs.
    Both have their origins in Debian, so will be fairly stable.
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    Thanks, I will be sure to check them out

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    Debian also runs on memory constrained and older systems quite nicely, as does Gentoo. I still have Gentoo running on old systems with 384M RAM.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    I am burning Xubuntu onto a CD right now.

    I looked up debian and I will probably burn it also and try it out.

    For some reason I don't like KDE and other similar desktops. I prefer the Gnome look, the bar on the top and no distinct "start menu" or whatever its called.

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    I used to use KDE with RHEL 5, but switched to Gnome w/ RHEL 6 and Ubuntu. Honestly, one configurable GUI is much like any other. There are differences that can be irritating, and I've heard good things about the newest KDE 4.x, but as the sage once said, "If it ain't broke, then don't fix it!"...
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Hi,
    I have burned the debian DVD, CD XFCE LXDE, and regular CD.

    I realized this computer doesn't have a DVD drive, so that was worthless.

    Then I tried installing the XFCE desktop one, it would run then I would select install, and it would freeze up then flicker. The only way to get out of it is to turn the computer off.

    Any ideas? I am burning the network installed cd and will try it ion a couple minutes

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    You can create a live/install thumb drive for most any distribution using Unetbootin. Goto UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads to get it.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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