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I've got an old PC taking up space and collecting dust underneath my bed. It's got a 1.6Ghz Pentium 4 and 1GB of RAM, as well as some GeForce 4 card...anyways, I'm interested in making this a little Linux server/browser/fun system, and I want recommendations and links to Linux distributions.
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Ubuntu is good for new users. www.ubuntu.com

EDIT: their website is down, was up earlier
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AKAeric View Post
Ubuntu is good for new users. www.ubuntu.com

EDIT: their website is down, was up earlier

Maybe it's your connection or their bandwidth. It's working fine for me...
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id go with ubuntu
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=\\ It is working now, it wasn't when I posted... lol
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post #6 of 12
I would say Fluxbuntu, which is geared towards older systems, or Gentoo. Gentoo makes you learn about Linux, while Ubuntu just kind of holds your hand and does everything for you. If you want to really learn Linux, use Gentoo, as you configure everything to your rig's exact specs, and it will thus be better optimized. If that seems a bit intimidating (and I don't blame you if it does) then Fluxbuntu would be a good route. Go to http://distrowatch.org/ and just kinda look around and see what catches your fancy.

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post #7 of 12
Debian is where you need to be.

Gentoo is the ricer distro, Ubuntu doesn't give you enough freedom.
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post #8 of 12
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Now that you mention it, I've actually used Gentoo before, but only on the LiveCD, it wouldn't install on an extra partition on my current computer. I rather liked it...I'll mess with a few different distributions, I've got plenty of space on this extra PC for three OSs. xD
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post #9 of 12
Heres a link to a lot of screen shots of many Linux distributions:

http://www.thecodingstudio.com/opens...php?os=kubuntu
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post #10 of 12
gentoo if you want TOTAL control...
slackware if you want a good distro and actually want to learn something...
suse if you want a good distro and actually want tech support...
ubuntu if slackware is too hard for you...

you could always make it a bad ass router... or NAS box... (pfSense/IPcop/freeNAS)
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