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Could someone please square me away here?

I have a P2-450 with 384 meg of RAM, and an nVidia FX 5500 running Feisty that I've been trying to tweak for my kids to just play games on... I've tried GNOME, Xfce, and fluxbox... Things seem better performance wise with Xfce. Fluxbox is sweet but editing menus is a chore... I've tried AntiX which is very cool but I never gave it a chance... So my question is what would be best for this system to squeeze every ounce of what little power it has and make a decent little game box out of it... I am able to run games like quake1-3, Wolfenstein, Serious Sam, Doomsday, Neuiz etc... under Xfce with a nice little performance gain... Is there something better out there? Also what about Linux from Scratch? I could just install the bare minimum stuff I need right? Also what about an Ubuntu minimum install?

The games listed above run OK but I'm hoping for something better...

I realize I'm not going to have a screamin Demon but there's got to be some tweaks I could do like disableing some services etc....


Sorry for my rambling...

I'd love to hear your suggestions... I'm open to anything that work well even if it takes some time to get it installed and configured...

Thanks a mill for taking the time to read this...

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Command line only would probably be fastest.
    
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Openbox
then get obmenu and obconf, makes editing stuff easier than in Fluxbox.
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post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by dangerousHobo View Post
Openbox
then get obmenu and obconf, makes editing stuff easier than in Fluxbox.
So how about OpenBox on top of an Ubuntu min install? I really like the Ubuntu repos.. And kernel updates.... Or would that be heading in the wrong direction?

Also what about Slax? is that a good distro for what I'm trying to accomplish? I think I read somewhere that Slax is faster.....

The reason I'm asking all of this stuff is that I'd rather not install a bunch of stuff and have it suck and then have t start over...

Thanks for your help a patience
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Xfce is probably the best. I have tested Flux/Black(box), Gnome, KDE, Enlightenment, and XFCE. Out of them all, XFCE had the best performance in games but what games are you speaking about running anyways? Nibbles and such?

But any (insert name here)box window managers are very low on resource usage but some are a hassle to set up.
    
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Command line only would probably be fastest.
I have no problem with the CLI but my 9 year old would be lost... I'd like a GUI of some sort....

Thanks for your reply.... BTW...
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Xfce is probably the best. I have tested Flux/Black(box), Gnome, KDE, Enlightenment, and XFCE. Out of them all, XFCE had the best performance in games but what games are you speaking about running anyways? Nibbles and such?

But any (insert name here)box window managers are very low on resource usage but some are a hassle to set up.
Most are FPS's and a few arcade games...

Thanks for replying!!!
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If you can stomach it, Slackware is a great distro, but it can be a real jerk to set up...
    
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If you can stomach it, Slackware is a great distro, but it can be a real jerk to set up...
What are the default DE's with Slackware? Can I rid them and use Xfxe?

Thanks again for everyones patience... I've been using Linux since January after ditching windows in which I would say I was a power user.... Now I want to be a Linux power user.... It's been quite a learning curve but I have to say I'm very content with this move and love something new that's as far away from windows as I can get..... I love what I've accomplished and can get around pretty darn good now.... I've located the resources I need to get me out of darn near every bind I've gotten into... So I'm not afraid to tackle something completely new and different.... But I'll probably always be a noob... I don't let my ego get in the way of remaining teachable....

Once again, I thank each and every one of you for your help.... This forum ROCKS!!!
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So how about OpenBox on top of an Ubuntu min install? I really like the Ubuntu repos.. And kernel updates.... Or would that be heading in the wrong direction?

Also what about Slax? is that a good distro for what I'm trying to accomplish? I think I read somewhere that Slax is faster.....

The reason I'm asking all of this stuff is that I'd rather not install a bunch of stuff and have it suck and then have t start over...

Thanks for your help a patience
You can install Openbox I'm pretty sure from APT, might have to go to the Openbox site though to get obmenu and obconf.
*box, Window maker, and FVwn, pekwn, etc are light window managers. XFce though is the lightest desktop environment, which might be best since you said you are going to have your son use it.
The diffesnce in speed between Slack and Ubuntu which be just a small one. I wont worry about it much, if anything you could try recompiling the kernel on ubuntu and try getting rid of a few things and try optimizing it a bit more. Ubuntu keeps things pretty generic. If you feel ok doing that though. Ubuntu has pretty good support though for gaming through wine, at least that what it seems if you go to the wine site and look at the distro that most of the games seem to be tested on.

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What are the default DE's with Slackware? Can I rid them and use Xfxe?

Thanks again for everyones patience... I've been using Linux since January after ditching windows in which I would say I was a power user.... Now I want to be a Linux power user.... It's been quite a learning curve but I have to say I'm very content with this move and love something new that's as far away from windows as I can get..... I love what I've accomplished and can get around pretty darn good now.... I've located the resources I need to get me out of darn near every bind I've gotten into... So I'm not afraid to tackle something completely new and different.... But I'll probably always be a noob... I don't let my ego get in the way of remaining teachable....

Once again, I thank each and every one of you for your help.... This forum ROCKS!!!
Yes you can install only XFce during the slackware install. Default DE is KDE, also comes with XFce, flux/black box, window maker, fvwm.
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