Please, for the SIXTH time, can somebody recommend a Linux distro for an old PC?

Please, for the SIXTH time, can somebody recommend a Linux distro for an old PC?

Post by raylopez9 » Sun, 13 Jul 2008 19:59:02


I ask again (for the 6th time): the target machine (and this time
it's changed a bit, my apologies, hence this new thread): Pentium II,
512 MB RAM, 2 or 3 GB HD (I might upgrade to 40 GB however), and,
importantly, a DIAL UP MODEM ONLY (Haynes compatible modem).

I have a US ISP that supports this modem, but, importantly, I don't
want to have to write a login macro script for a modem initialization
string. I want to, from within Linux KDE/Knome, "point and click" on a
wizard or Properties tab of an icon to set up my modem using standard,
'plain vanilla', configurations, once I enter the user's password and
log-in ID. Just like you can do with Windows (the target PC is using
Windows 2000 now).

So, for this configuration, which is the best Linux distro? I have
downloaded DSL, Puppy, Ubuntu (latest version, but I'm afraid it's too
big or too sophisticated for the target) Vector and Arch distros. The
target only has a CD reader, not a DVD.

Also the target PC user only does email and light word processing and
printing of text--nothing else, save perhaps reading a PDF file (which
I assume Linux's many web browsers have a plug in to do that, or
perhaps Open Office has a reader for that). So a distro that supports
these apps is also a requirement.

Please, for the love of God, and for the SIXTH time, can somebody help
me? Please? Pretty please?

I thought the Linux community was supposed to help newbies. But from
the voluminous negative replies, I can only conclude that "with
friends like these, who needs enemies?".

RL
 
 
 

Please, for the SIXTH time, can somebody recommend a Linux distro for an old PC?

Post by ray » Sun, 13 Jul 2008 22:34:23

Please go away. You've gotten the same answers the first five times; why
do you think you should get any different ones now? One definition of
insanity is repeating the same experiment time after time and expecting a
different outcome.

Or, if you refuse to quit and if DSL, Puppy, Ubuntu, Vector and Arch are
unsuitable, please tell us WHY.

 
 
 

Please, for the SIXTH time, can somebody recommend a Linux distro for an old PC?

Post by Unru » Mon, 14 Jul 2008 02:27:51

notbob < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > writes:



And for the 300th time people have answered you. It is not worth dealing
with you anymore.
 
 
 

Please, for the SIXTH time, can somebody recommend a Linux distro for an old PC?

Post by raylopez9 » Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:12:08


I appreciate your input. I just went through the thread and found a
new distro, called "dynebolic" linux. However, without further input
from this group, I am very skeptical of the claims made about this
distro (at http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ). Frankly, it 'sounds too good
to be true' (and you know how that usually ends). Anybody know about
this distro, that claims you can do everything from a live CD? Can I
surf the web from a CD? Again, no because you lose settings. But
what about this distro? Anybody use it? Also the rest of the thread
talks about DSL, Vector, etc.


I did not yet try any downloads. I'm just collecting information.
Sorry for any misunderstanding.

Tx for your input, I've added "dynebolic" to my list of possibles, but
I need more input from user before I burn yet another CD.

RL
 
 
 

Please, for the SIXTH time, can somebody recommend a Linux distro for an old PC?

Post by raylopez9 » Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:21:20


This is useful but contradicted by the official Mandriva site, which
claims a single ISO CD of Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring is needed.
Perhaps Mandriva charges? I don't see why you need the 4 CD when the
official site claims 1 CD. Please clarify. It takes my DSL 45
minutes to download, and I'm not going to spend the time then find I
need 4 CDs rather than one. But thanks for your input.



Hahaha TJ. Very funny.


This is useful "tty01" means serial. Stuff like this is invaluable.
Yes, it's an external modem. How the heck would I know that "tty01"
means serial unless you told me? Another strike against Linux. Now I
have to remember (when I do the installation, months from now) that
"tty01" means serial. Unbelieveable.


Good.



OK, understood. Tx for your help, at least you tried, albeit, like I
say above, the information you gave seems contradicted, at least in
part.

What do you expect from hobbyware / freeware I guess?

RL
 
 
 

Please, for the SIXTH time, can somebody recommend a Linux distro for an old PC?

Post by raylopez9 » Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:22:50


Why? I'll explain my fellow Ray: because like TJ says in this
thread, you have to know stuff like "serial modem / external" means
"tty01" during installation of Mandriva. I wonder if the other
distros have this 'feature' or 'bug'. Does that make sense to you?

RL
 
 
 

Please, for the SIXTH time, can somebody recommend a Linux distro for an old PC?

Post by raylopez9 » Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:26:39


Projection Jean.


Ah, so I have to suck up to IT dudes who make less than I pay in taxes
every year. That's now how I run my business Jean, but thanks for the
suggestion.


Well the 1% hangs out here then.


Again, projection. I'm not treating anybody like a pet. I said
please, is that not enough?


I love it. In Linux, it's a badge of honor I suppose to be a
registered user (who do you register with, Linus himself, or his
mother?), since there's so few of them. A 'high' number is 85000, so
you must be a newbie Jean-David Beyer.

RL
 
 
 

Please, for the SIXTH time, can somebody recommend a Linux distro for an old PC?

Post by raylopez9 » Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:27:43


Is that you? My god you're trivial. You're diminishing daily. Soon
you will, like the Cheshire cat, simply disappear.

RL
 
 
 

Please, for the SIXTH time, can somebody recommend a Linux distro for an old PC?

Post by raylopez9 » Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:34:05


notbob, I would have believed you, but I think you're just yanking my
chain. If I spend an hour downloading Slackware 12.1, and it fails,
you'll be laughing. Give me (please) a URL I can see what the min
system requirements are, and I'll d/l it, otherwise not.

RL
 
 
 

Please, for the SIXTH time, can somebody recommend a Linux distro for an old PC?

Post by raylopez9 » Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:35:21


FU! Now that I'm reading this, Mandriva is already half downloaded!!!
F! Now I must abort the downlaod, though perhaps I'll keep it since
you never know. SOB! Now you tell me.

RL
 
 
 

Please, for the SIXTH time, can somebody recommend a Linux distro for an old PC?

Post by raylopez9 » Mon, 14 Jul 2008 09:39:47


Ok, but I see it fits on 6 CDs, not one. So I have to pay for it,
unless I want to spend a day downloading CDs (it takes 45 minutes to
dl a cd on my dsl modem).

THanks but I'll pass. I have a half dozen distros now and in theory
one should work...

RL

Order the latest version of Slackware Linux on CD-ROM (6 CDs in all),
or the whole distribution on a single DVD from The Slackware Store.
 
 
 

Please, for the SIXTH time, can somebody recommend a Linux distro for an old PC?

Post by raylopez9 » Mon, 14 Jul 2008 09:43:05


UPDATE: I just downloaded the .ISO from the official Mandriva site,
and it was 700MB+ large. I figured it would not fit on 1 CD, even
though it was an .ISO file, and sure enough, though Nero accepted it,
and tried to burn it, at the end of the burn it failed. So I lost
money on Mandriva--the cost of the CD.

Chalk up another victory for WIndows...

RL