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  1. #31
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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    DSL and some of the more advanced distros can wait. I'll try to note some other releases that are friendly to pc's 5 years and older with limited memory. Interestingly enough, one thread suggested for a user on on p2 266 to use windows 2000. Needless to say, your reviews are general enough to cover the masses. It's also easy to follow. In short, stick to the main distros for now. The lite versions can be under another section specific for travel: running linux on a usb flash drive!
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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Since one of the main problems with Linux is that it's slower than Windows to get driver support (yes, I know it's not the fault of the distros) it's probably a safe bet that nearly all distros will work happily on old hardware. The only problems which may arrive are if that system has ATI graphics and /or a wireless NIC, and it's the same issues as for newer systems. Certainly I started playing with Linux about five years ago, and those two bits of hardware were always what caused the problems.

    The other thing to get Linux to run on limited systems is to cut down on the number of running services, which is where it gets a bit technical - too technical for this mission. Of course if you're volunteering...

    Anyway, none of my systems is older than three years...


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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Quote Originally Posted by Meridian View Post

    The other thing to get Linux to run on limited systems is to cut down on the number of running services, which is where it gets a bit technical - too technical for this mission. Of course if you're volunteering...

    Anyway, none of my systems is older than three years...


    M

    Do you have any good links? I could certainly cut down as many services as i can on this 7 y/o pc i've got ubuntu running on. The one thing i've done was install XUBuntu on ubuntu which makes things a tad lighter to run.
    Intel E6750 C2D
    400x8 (3.2GHz) 32C idle/58C Load @ stock 1.31V/HSF | Gigabyte DS3R Rev 1 bios F13 | OCZ XTC Rev 2 @4-4-4-15 | Antec Sonata 3 500W | Palit 8800GT driver v.169.21 | WD 500GB | 22" 226BW | Logitech x-540 5.1

    AMD64 (754) 3000+ @2GHz |
    | ASUS K8N-E DLX BIOS 1.11 | 512x 2 OCZ Premier DDR400 2.5-3-3-7 | Antec Sonata 380W | 9600 Pro 128MB | 19" 930B

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    No, I don't have any links - sorry. Your best bet is probably to list the services here and get one of the people who actually know what they are talking about to suggest what you can do without.


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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Found someone talking about this distro for really, really old PC's.

    It might be worthy of a review, Meridian.
    http://www.zenwalk.org/modules/tinyc...index.php?id=9
    Intel E6750 C2D
    400x8 (3.2GHz) 32C idle/58C Load @ stock 1.31V/HSF | Gigabyte DS3R Rev 1 bios F13 | OCZ XTC Rev 2 @4-4-4-15 | Antec Sonata 3 500W | Palit 8800GT driver v.169.21 | WD 500GB | 22" 226BW | Logitech x-540 5.1

    AMD64 (754) 3000+ @2GHz |
    | ASUS K8N-E DLX BIOS 1.11 | 512x 2 OCZ Premier DDR400 2.5-3-3-7 | Antec Sonata 380W | 9600 Pro 128MB | 19" 930B

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    I was debating trying it, simply 'cos I liked the name. Seems to use kernel 2.6.24 as well, so should run my hardware. Unlike at least three other distros.


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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    It gives you that Zen feeling doesn't it!

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Hey Meridian, yet another distro i read about was gOS. It's a derivative of ubuntu, though so the only difference might just be on the desktop interface.
    Intel E6750 C2D
    400x8 (3.2GHz) 32C idle/58C Load @ stock 1.31V/HSF | Gigabyte DS3R Rev 1 bios F13 | OCZ XTC Rev 2 @4-4-4-15 | Antec Sonata 3 500W | Palit 8800GT driver v.169.21 | WD 500GB | 22" 226BW | Logitech x-540 5.1

    AMD64 (754) 3000+ @2GHz |
    | ASUS K8N-E DLX BIOS 1.11 | 512x 2 OCZ Premier DDR400 2.5-3-3-7 | Antec Sonata 380W | 9600 Pro 128MB | 19" 930B

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    Re: Linux distros for beginners

    Meridian,

    CentOS-5.2 will be hitting the streets in a couple of weeks, and will include network drivers for:

    Network driver r8169 updated to add support for the following devices:

    RTL8169sb/8110sb
    RTL8169sc/8110sc
    RTL8168b/8111b
    RTL8101e
    RTL8100e
    Release Notes Updates

    Not sure about updated audio, and yeah, wireless looks like a chore. But you might want to try it when released.

    BTW, thanks for your reviews and guides. Well done!

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    Re: Linux distros for beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by azca View Post
    Meridian,

    CentOS-5.2 will be hitting the streets in a couple of weeks, and will include network drivers for:



    Release Notes Updates

    Not sure about updated audio, and yeah, wireless looks like a chore. But you might want to try it when released.

    BTW, thanks for your reviews and guides. Well done!
    I can confirm that the new kernel for CentOS 5.2 works with the Realtek 8168/8111 out of the box:

    Code:
    uname -a
    Linux Quad 2.6.18-92.el5 #1 SMP Fri May 23 22:38:00 EDT 2008 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    
    lspci | grep -i ethernet
    04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 01)
    
    lsmod | grep 8169
    r8169                  65737  0
    CentOS 5.2 should be out in around 2 weeks - it's currently in QA testing

  11. #41
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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    just read the RN, I wonder if my FireFox crash issues will cease?

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackal View Post
    just read the RN, I wonder if my FireFox crash issues will cease?
    Hopefully - Firefox 3 is included (currently beta5), but that will get updated once FF3 final is released.

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    The latest review is up: SimplyMEPIS 7.0. This was a slightly frustrating review for an odd reason: it's generally a good distro, with good and easy hardware support. But it just has so many tiny little niggles that annoy me: nothing to break it for me, just things to wind me up and make me think: "Why?" So sadly I had to mark it down to 8/10.


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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Quote Originally Posted by chrispycrunch View Post
    Found someone talking about this distro for really, really old PC's.

    It might be worthy of a review, Meridian.
    http://www.zenwalk.org/modules/tinyc...index.php?id=9


    Just trying this now. It's a bit hardcore for my taste - it's based on Slackware. And it uses LILO....


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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    This guide is great and just keeps getting better with more content! Who is going to get Ryan to mention the new reviews in the Podcast?
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