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What's The Best Linux Distribution?  
User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2575 posts, RR: 31
Posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1177 times:

Hey all,

I'm planning on installing Linux on my old pentium2... What distribution do you guys recommend me to download and install and why?

Thanks  Smile

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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1172 times:

From what I see in my job, Red Hat and Debian seem to have the upper hand.

UTA  checkeredflag 



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User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3202 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1162 times:

My personal preference is for Gentoo Linux, but since it's source based, it would take quite a while to compile and install everything on an old Pentium II.

Fedora (the free version of Red Hat) seems pretty popular.

David / ABQ


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14127 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1154 times:

I´m using the SuSe distribution (now a branch of Novell) on my AMD Duron Pentium 3 equivalent, and have been so far quite happy with it. I had some problems though, when I recently upgraded from SuSe 8.1 to SuSe 9.2 wit the 2.6 Kernel. After the update, my computer refused to recognise certain hardware, especially my old HP Deskjet 500 printer. After a little consulting with the support hotline (very competent) and playing around with different kernel extension modules (known in the Windows world as hardware drivers), I managed to get it working.

Jan


User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1146 times:

Redhat


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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14127 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1141 times:

One thing that usually works very well with the SuSe distribution is the Yast installation and configuration tool. SuSe will first install a temporary Linux system, under which Yast runs. This is being used to set up all the hardware etc.. Then it will write the configuration files for the Linux that will run on the computer. Almost idiot proof.

Jan


User currently offlineDan2002 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 2055 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1138 times:

I say Red Hat or Debian, or if your feeling lucky you could try Xandros.

-Dan



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User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2575 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1130 times:

Ok Im down to Debian or Gentoo... I don't know which to pick.

User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14127 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1122 times:

Debian has the reputation of being more something for advanced Linux users, who know how to work with the console and know how to manually configure the kernel. I haven´t heard of Gentoo so far. Here in Germany SuSe is the best known distribution, you can get the professional version (which I would advice to buy) for about €70,- . It comes with a fat instruction manual and several thousand programs, including various server software. Their default desktop enviroment is KDE, but you can as well chose to use Gnome or a non-graphical interface (going through a console, similar to the old MS DOS for slow, old computers or pure servers).

Jan


User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1115 times:

Fedora is a huge download but worth it as it's got just about everything you could want in there.

http://www.linuxiso.org/

First stop for Linux distros.


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