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    A good Distro Please


    Hey All,

    In a month or less I'll be recieving an old computer and I was wondering what would be a good distro for someone just getting into linux. The Specs are as follows

    AMD k6-2-550Mhz
    256 MB Ram
    20 GB Hard drive
    nVidia geForce 2 MX 400 w/64 mb ram
    2x2x24x CD-RW
    Conexant/Riptide 56k modem and audio combo
    floppy drive
    Kingston 10/100 ethernet card

    I've found drivers for the modem and sound on the net so that's not a concern. (I tried Knoppix and it didn't have any sound). I plan on formatting the HD and making Linux the only OS on te system (Currently running windows 9. Also I'm on a tight budget and don't have much money so preferrably something I can download, and don't worry about size I have a cable modem. Thanks for your help

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    That's abit complicated question
    Search the forum and net. Learn about ditros. a site?
    http://www.distrowatch.com/

    IF you want a stable distro I suggest Slackware. I see the future most people will say
    "No Slack is so hard for a newbie"


    Yep, it wants a little bit Linux knowledge, but it rocks !

    IF you want more user-friendly distro try Mandrake or Redhat

    Note: I am sorry but your question is in the **** list
    But whenever i see a linux trier(lover) i run for help

    Good Luck! [/b]
    Just a Newbie....Looking 4 Info....

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    here's my two cents worth.

    Go for Mandrake

    http://www.linux-mandrake.com

    or Fedora
    http://fedora.redhat.com/download/

    these are both user and newbie friendly Distros and can be downloaded.

    have fun

    Nerderello

    Use Suse 10.1 and occasionally play with Kubuntu
    Also have Windows 98SE and BeOS

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    if slackware doesnt work for you

    (like me) try vector its based on slackware

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    disto

    personally, even for a so called "newbie" i would still reccomend slack, though the learning curve is sharper, it will teach you linux. Fedroa and Mandrake don't really teach you much, so when you do want to use a more powerful distro, you will only be marginally more prepared/

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    Try Fedora
    You are the one Linux!

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    I'm using Mandrake 9.2

    Am happy with it. You have to spend a lot of time installing what you want from the disks as I found there was a lot of software that didn't install by default that I wanted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chavez
    I'm using Mandrake 9.2

    Am happy with it. You have to spend a lot of time installing what you want from the disks as I found there was a lot of software that didn't install by default that I wanted.
    right that is one thing i don't really like about mandrake, while you can edit what it installs during the install, there is a some red tape to get through. I do not like the distros that tell me what i want. Slackware lets you chose packages one by one, takes a long time, but you get everything that you want, and nothing you don't, also, "default" is everything on a slackware install. which is also good, if you do not know what you want.

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