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    Another OS experiment

    OK, enetering into unknown territory here. Under my desk at home I have an old PC. If I remember rightly, 3Gb HDD, 512Mb ram 300Mhz CPU, CD ROM and floppy.

    Not much use with Win 98, I thought of putting a linux type OS on it. Any ideas of a very light weight OS that I could load onto it just to get a working "alternative " PC?

    What do I do about drivers etc..

    Any way , I will leave it open and see what you guys come up with as it is totally new territory for me.
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    Re: Another OS experiment

    I'm going to recommend xubuntu linux as the light weight distribution. Should run very well on your PC.

    Xubuntu Linux is based on the Ubuntu Linux (same company, different GUI) distribution. There will be a new release within the next few days, so downloading the .iso file will be slow if you happen to grab the 6.10 release (previous release is 6.06). Note, the 6.06 release is labelled as their LTD, or Long Term Support distribution. Might be something to think about??

    I'm running Kubuntu (yet another GUI), but I've added the Gnome GUI to make it essentially the Ubuntu release.

    In both cases, the LiveCDs will allow a "run from CD" or "Install to HD" setup, and both will handle (in my experiments) most hardware without having to hunt down drivers. Wireless 802.11b/a/g cards being my only execption thus far.

    Another distribution you might try would be DSL, or Damn Small Linux. It's much smaller, but doesn't have as many 'mainline' programs or packages.
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    Re: Another OS experiment

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    Re: Another OS experiment

    Cheers Chris

    I think I have seen you mention this before <img src=/S/cool.gif border=0 alt=cool width=15 height=15> and it is in exactly the right price range for me. So excuse the ignorance here, now how to install? I could download to my local PC and burn to a CD and then use a windows boot disk butI wanted a clean non-MS install if possible.

    Things that I would like to do....install Firefox 2 and add my spare wireless gizmo so I can get my wifi set up. Will it run with all these "mainstream" applications....oohh sosoo many questions. Let's start with these first few.
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    Re: Another OS experiment

    I know what you are saying but like you I have a plethora of peripherals and boxes and cables lying around the house collected over the years. No way can this box even start to keep up with recent OS's and applications and instead of chucking it in the bin why not give it a new lease of life with a different OS...and then I may learn something...get some open source stuff on it


    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17>I here that the college is moving more towards open source stuff, so it may be a good time to learn so I can get some more work method in my madness <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Another OS experiment

    Using the xubuntu linux, you'll want to download, and burn the 'Desktop CD' that matches your processor (Intel x86 including the 32bit AMD processors, 64-bit, MAC, etc..). Once the CD is written to the blank media, insert it in the CD-ROM (bootable) drive, and (re)start the PC.

    The CD will present a boot menu, with various menu options. One will be an 'Install to HD' (or similar), another will be for the 'LiveCD or Desktop CD Environment', and others for more specific issues, not limited to troublesome installations. The install to HD option will allow you to completely wipe, and partition your HD for a clean installation, as does the Desktop CD Environment, if I remember correctly.

    You mention the wireless gizmos, which I'll assume to be the wireless network adapters. I had a few problems out of the box getting them to work for me, but I was able to download the required software packages, and install them without too much difficulty. If you mean wireless mice, keyboards, etc... I've not had any problems with the basic functions of these devices. Extra keys and / or buttons can cause hassels though.

    The new Firefox 2 software isn't available (yet) in the software repository, but give it a few days - it'll show up. Of course, if you wanted to, you could install it directly from the mozilla website via source code. It's not that difficult.

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    Re: Another OS experiment

    Thanks Chris

    I have managed to get the main xubuntu downloaded <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15> must have been busy tonight. Firefox 2 has just been downloaded and I will be off to install over the next few days.

    I feel like I am about to install windows for the first time <img src=/S/hiding.gif border=0 alt=hiding width=70 height=24> . It is an old box so it will have a simple PS/2 mouse and keyboard. It is not mission critical so a learning curve and fun on my part <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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    Re: Another OS experiment

    <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I knew you would know I was teasing, with my open admission of all the years of "pieces and parts" I have collected around here.

    Good luck with the resurrection, Jerry!

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    Re: Another OS experiment

    I know what you mean by it being busy the other night. It's now 12 hours AFTER I started an online update from the 6.06 LTS release, to the new 6.10 release, and it's still chugging along downloading the upgraded packages from one of the Canadian Mirror sites.

    The nice thing about this however, I'm still able to be productive on the PC, while the upgrade is happening <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>. Beat that Microsoft <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>.
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    Re: Another OS experiment

    Chris

    I have a few chores to do this weekend and a KTS project underway so will be loading it up sometime which I am looking forward to <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    Jerry

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