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 PostPost subject: Using RedHat 7        Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:50 pm 
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I've an old desktop machine at home (Pentium 3, 128MB RAM, 18GB HD), that I've installed RedHat 7 on, so I could (try to) learn how to use Linux (I haven't actually got a newer release - if anyone can point one out that'll work on my spec. to me, I'd very much appreciate it!).

My problem is that, apart from having probably chosen the wrong system to try and learn with, I have none of the documantation. Therefore, I can't even install programs!

Actually, I've just started downloading Slack 12, which I had a brief look at in a VM. It looks good, and the System Requirements page says my machine should run it with CPU time to spare. Silly question - would that be better for learing with?

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:12 pm 
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An old distro is bad, as it barely has any software (its repositories have probably been shut down a long time ago, and compiling from source is not an option for such an old computer). If you have previous *NIX experience (not necessarily Linux), Slackware should be perfect. If you don't have any, but you are good with the force, install Debian (with XFCE). Otherwise, get Xubuntu.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 1:28 am 
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I tried Red Hat 7 a few years back, thought it was crap. Definitely better stuff you could find to run on a machine with those specs. Good news is that Red Hat, well Fedora Core has improved a good bit since then.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 5:44 am 
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I just cleared it again last might, and so now it's got Slackware 12 on it, which looks a whole lot better :) .

PS. I've been playing with Slack for a while, but I'm having no luck hooking it up to the home (Windows) network for Internet access. Does anyone know what to do here?

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 5:37 pm 
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I'd honesly avoid anything RPM based. RPM blows and apt-get, portage, and bsd's ports system is far superior.


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