luisde8cd
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What's The Best Linux Distribution?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 10:14 pm

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?

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UTA_flyinghigh
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RE: What's The Best Linux Distribution?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 10:24 pm

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

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RE: What's The Best Linux Distribution?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 11:06 pm

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.

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RE: What's The Best Linux Distribution?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 11:46 pm

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.

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Kay
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RE: What's The Best Linux Distribution?

Sat Apr 09, 2005 2:35 am

Redhat


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RE: What's The Best Linux Distribution?

Sat Apr 09, 2005 3:06 am

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.

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dan2002
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RE: What's The Best Linux Distribution?

Sat Apr 09, 2005 3:25 am

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

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luisde8cd
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RE: What's The Best Linux Distribution?

Sat Apr 09, 2005 4:25 am

Ok Im down to Debian or Gentoo... I don't know which to pick.
 
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RE: What's The Best Linux Distribution?

Sat Apr 09, 2005 5:44 am

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).

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RE: What's The Best Linux Distribution?

Sat Apr 09, 2005 7:19 am

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

http://www.linuxiso.org/

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