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    Low Spec. Linux

    I have just been given a 133MHz, 32MB RAM, 8GB HDD system. It struggles through with Win98.

    Can anyone recommend a linux that will:-

    1. Run quickly
    2. Have a small boot time
    3. Auto-detect the hardware
    4. Access my Windows shares
    5. Detect my network and use the DHCP assigned IP
    6. Run firefox
    7. Be user friendly


    Thanks

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    If its old, pick any distro - but an older version, if its newer just underspec (which it doesn't sound like) pick any one and tone down the features
    It is Inevitable.....


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    I have two P120 K5's with 24mb of ram (although im geting them upto 32mb tomorrow)

    I want to use them soley for web browsing stations, networked to the roughter,a nd the win2k file server, which i would like them to be able to see.

    - is this easyly possable?


    Daniel

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    Any distro will be fine. Just make sure that the desktop that you run is lite. Check out this thread at techspot listing several lite desktop environments. To tell you the truth, I don't think a majority of linux users like the bloatware that kde and gnome have become. I'm running xfce on my 3.06GHz 512MB RAM laptop right now, even though it can handle the kde/gnome hogs.

    EDIT: forgot the link: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic11769.html

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    Also i ahve a problem that i can only boot from the C drive of the A drive (boot options at "C, A" or "A, C")

    - If set the CDD as master, and the HDD as slave, would that make the CDD "C" drive, therfore allowing me to boot of it?



    Thanks, daniel

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    Quote Originally Posted by oshta
    Also i ahve a problem that i can only boot from the C drive of the A drive (boot options at "C, A" or "A, C")

    - If set the CDD as master, and the HDD as slave, would that make the CDD "C" drive, therfore allowing me to boot of it?

    Thanks, daniel
    You will either have to do an install on a motherboard that supports a bootable cdrom or do a floppy install. I guess it might be hard if you never used linux before, here's a link to some info for debian..

    http://www.debian.org/releases/stabl...nloading-files
    Rig 1: Asus A7V600, XP2000+ , 512MB DDR 2700, GeForce2 MX 400, EMU10k1 (rev 04), Bt878 (rev 11)
    Rig 2: Asus A7V333, XP2000+ , 512MB DDR 2700, nvidia TNT2, YMF 724

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    Is there anything that will run Windows Programs on linux(debian)?

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    not with 32mb ram there isn't

    and i have my doubts that you can run the whole of xfree86 4.x with that little memory - perhaps a more lightweight x server would be mroe appropriate (i think damn small linux uses keith packard's lightweight xserver, so sould be an appropriate choice)

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    Sorry, on any computer now. e.g. a real one. I've now ditched the idea of the system at the top.

    I am wanting to investigate linux and still run and write my programs in VS 2005 but on Linux; I am also wanting to learn to legally hack - just to inrease my knowledge of protocols and linux is the best way apparently especially with the control you get over the system. And I can run Wolfenstein ET on it so I'm happy

    So I am thinking of getting one of those £350 Dell laptops for Debian. So with 256MB ram anything to run windows apps?

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    OK people; would the following run with WINE:-

    Visual Studio.NET 2005 (when it comes out in a few months)
    Visio
    Dreamweaver
    Photoshop Elements
    Those M$ developer add-on packs for enchancing developing of certain things

    And does Debian have an equivalent of Partition Magic or do I have to use console commands? Does Debian have a registry as such - if so does it need a cleaner?

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    Dreamweaver: yes, if you get a copy of Crossover Office http://www.codeweavers.com/ although at the moment only MX and not MX 2004 is supported. I'd imagine versions older than MX should work fine.

    Visual Studio.NET 2005: Not sure, probably won't be working with Crossover Office for a little while after it's released.

    Visio: 2000 works in both the free version of Wine [www.winehq.org] and in Crossover Office, newer versions don't work in regular Wine, untested in Crossover Office

    Photoshop Elements: Version 2.0 supposedly working in Wine with a few minor bugs http://appdb.winehq.org/appview.php?versionId=2415

    The addon packs, I'm not sure. Probably not depending on what they add onto.

    And for the Partition Magic equivilent, no, not really during the installation. If you want you can resize partitions first with Partition Magic to get free space.

    And no, there is no 'registry' as such, and it doesn't need cleaning.

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    Cheers for the response; well it sounds if I can get over a few glitches then I'm might well move to linux.

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    No problem, couple things I forgot to mention: Crossover Office isn't free, although it's only about £20.

    http://appdb.winehq.org
    http://www.codeweavers.com/compatibility/search/
    Those are searches of the databases of apps that Wine/Crossover support, if you have any more apps you want to find out about.

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    cheers, I recon I could probably cope with 20 quid to get away from eternal cleaning of a windows system (and to be different)

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