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Need Advise. Most suitable linux distro

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#1 Vincent Lam

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 02:04 PM

Hello, I am new to linux and I would like to have advises on linux distros and additional software packs, anyone help?

Machine Spec(from an old laptop):
Celeron 1.2Ghz
10GB Harddisk
Onboard SiS display
SiS intergated NIC
Floppy drive
***No optical drives***
----and thats all----

Usage(I will put it on my bedroom TV and control via IR keyboard):
3)web surfing(text browsing, online music(streamed), streamed movie"uTube"/"Flurl"/"Redtube"......)
4)watching movies(from files/DVD drives shared on a Microsoft Windows Network),need to play dvd with menu
5)listening to music(mp3,wma,rm...)
---and thats all---

Extra requirement:
1)with GUI, desktop
2)stable OS(as it will seldom being switched off, well I think no one want turning on the TV and wait for that slow machine to boot)
3)requires minimal maintenance

#2 Smurphy



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Posted 08 October 2007 - 03:20 PM

Use Kubuntu (KDE)/Ubuntu (Gnome) or the just released OpenSUSE 10.3
Check my Linux FAQ

#3 danleff


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Posted 09 October 2007 - 08:39 AM

Given your limited system requirements, you are likely to have problems with Ubuntu and SuSE 10.3.

Ubuntu System Requirements

openSUSE Hardware Requirements

I would say perhaps Puppy Linux. but I don't know about the IR keyboard.

Any chance on upgrading the memory?

How do you propose to install the distro with no optical drive on the system?

What laptop is this?
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#4 GrassStainedShoes



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Posted 10 February 2008 - 11:44 AM

Advice: You can get a used business class PC with 3X the resources for around $100.00. Your system would only serve you WELL as a FW or router.
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