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Hello, I'm hoping someone can give me some advice here.

My brother has an older PC that he just uses for the internet and email, that's it. I believe it's a pentium 2 333 with 256mb ram, but I don't remember exactly. It's old anyway, but it works. Currently he has windows 2000 installed on it, but it's having some annoying problems that probably aren't worth the time to troubleshoot. Since I don't have a win2k install disc, I thought maybe linux would be a good option.

Now, my brother isn't a computer expert by any means, but he knows what he's doing and doesn't have much trouble learning new things. Is there a linux distro suitable for this purpose? Something light on resources and straightforward to use, and a web browser that's actually going to run on that system (which may be faster than I stated, I don't recall).
post #2 of 13
Damn Small Linux.
Ubuntu.
Slackware.
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I was about to say DSL. =[

But don't use slackware, try out slax, which is based on it. Its simple, you can add modules, and runs on a flash drive.
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I use Ubuntu, its a good easy to use distrubution with lots of features.
    
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Heres the requirements for slax. Really, really low requirements.

http://www.slax.org/requirements.php
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I personally prefer Ubuntu for desktop usage, slackware can be a bit of a bear for new linux users because there is alot more manual configuration that is involved when using it. Its a great OS but not the first one I would recommend to a new user.
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post #7 of 13
DSL or SLAX.
Or if he wanted to learn about linux, then try Slackware with Fluxbox.
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Damn Small linux's best!!!
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and runs on a flash drive.
so does that mean it will boot over windows from a flash drive? e.g. if i wanted to keep windows installed, would i be able to boot slax from a flash drive without removing windows?

i use the family comp but i would love to use linux- the parents hate it, so it would be nice to be able to use it only when i wanted to, and not as a OS- meaning run it from a flash drive whenever im on, and whenever the famm is using the computer, they would be able to run windows.....possible?
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I recommend Zenwalk for a lightweight, easy to use distro. It bridges the gap between the Ubuntu's and the Slackware's, meaning that it does a lot for you so you can't break it easily, but still allows you enough information and choices so you actually learn something about why it does what it does. It runs XFCE by default, and is vety quick to get up and running. (Some basic knowlede of computer is needed for the post-install config, but it's limited to simple things like changing network settings. (Again, the bridge. Whereas an "Ubuntu" would configure it for you, and a "Slack" would make you do it manually, Zenwalk makes you configure it, but with some nice hints. You learn, but aren't left out in the cold.)

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so does that mean it will boot over windows from a flash drive? e.g. if i wanted to keep windows installed, would i be able to boot slax from a flash drive without removing windows?

i use the family comp but i would love to use linux- the parents hate it, so it would be nice to be able to use it only when i wanted to, and not as a OS- meaning run it from a flash drive whenever im on, and whenever the famm is using the computer, they would be able to run windows.....possible?
Correct. you install Slax to a flash drive, then just pop the flash drive into a USB port and reboot whenever you want to use it.
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