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So I have been collecting a bunch of older PCs and am getting ready to clean them up and throw linux on them for a lab I want to start for the local kids to do homework and what not on. Some are Pentium 4s, some are Athlon XPs, I have a Mac G4, an old Dell Precision workstation with dual Xeon processors. What would be a good Linux that can run on these things and do basic office and web browsing? Most have around 256 - 512 RAM.
   
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Well it has to be VERY light to run on 256 MB of RAM. Some suggestions are Lubuntu, Crunchbang, ArchBang (a flavor of my favourite distro), and Fedora LXDE.

I honestly don't know which one will be best for you. I am assuming you want one that would be the least hassle possible.

Also distrowatch.com is a great resource.
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Definitely rules out using a command line, would make it light as needed but may be difficult for some. But try to stay with LXDE/XFCE/E17 desktop environments, as they'll be some of the lightest and easiest to get around for people that have little/no Linux experience. But other than that, I think you'll have to start with a barebone distro such as mentioned above, Arch / Gentoo / Crunchbang to get the best possible results.
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i know i've posted this before ... but whatever. LOL.



I can't exactly recommend gentoo for that application, even with distcc - although it could be sweet if you have central managment with binhost (as that guy may have actually done). I would probably opt for fedora with xfce, as our computer labs at school used to have. it was ok.
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Since most of these kids might be really used to windows, I would recommend Linux mint since its GUI is really user friendly and great for people transitioning from windows.
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Since most of these kids might be really used to windows, I would recommend Linux mint since its GUI is really user friendly and great for people transitioning from windows.

Linux Mint just released an LXDE release candidate that the OP should look at.
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Linux Mint just released an LXDE release candidate that the OP should look at.

Yeah I was thinking Bodhi or E17 but that's probably too different from OSX and Windows for most people. Plus, it's still technically beta I guess.
     
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Linux Mint just released an LXDE release candidate that the OP should look at.

+1

I'm about to test this on my netbook this weekend (similar resources to your rigs), I'll let you know if it does the business or not. On paper is should, providing it's not too bloaty. You should run a Debian file server for them all to store documents etc, so it doesn't matter which PC they log onto (although I'm not sure exactly how that's implemented). Technically it could be any distro for the server, but Debian is the world's favourite!
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Thanks for the great ideas. I tried both Crunchbang and Lubuntu and they seem to work well. Crunchbang works great, but might be a little hard for those used to Windows or Mac (what? I hve to right click to run programs?). Lubuntu is pretty good, but man that Bodhi looks reallllly nice. I am diggin that. I just picked up 6 more PCs, so I have about 12 total. The slowest is a Pentium 4 1.5GHz. Almost all have 512MB RAM so I think we will be OK. I will try Bodhi tonight. What about for a Mac G4 with a PowerPC 500MHz? Should I even bother? I may keep that with OSX on it just for kicks.

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how do I get that RAM/CPU usage statistics? Looks really cool. I've used Conky but that is all.
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Thanks for the great ideas. I tried both Crunchbang and Lubuntu and they seem to work well. Crunchbang works great, but might be a little hard for those used to Windows or Mac (what? I hve to right click to run programs?). Lubuntu is pretty good, but man that Bodhi looks reallllly nice. I am diggin that. I just picked up 6 more PCs, so I have about 12 total. The slowest is a Pentium 4 1.5GHz. Almost all have 512MB RAM so I think we will be OK. I will try Bodhi tonight. What about for a Mac G4 with a PowerPC 500MHz? Should I even bother? I may keep that with OSX on it just for kicks.
Good to see you found some that would work smile.gif

As for the right click in Crunchbang, you can change the desktop environments quiet easily to something more Windows-Like. tongue.gif
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