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So I have never used Linux before and wanted to try it on a spare rig I have. Which should I try?
the spare rigs specs are:

P4 1.5ghz
128mb of pc800 ram
20gb hd
G45 matrox GPU
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I you can set it up in VMWare on your sig rig (MB and CPU Virtulazition required), you can try as many Linux versions your HD will hold, or dump and try a few at a time
    
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my sig rigs been dead forever.
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Ouch!
Hope the Linux Gurus can better answer you needs
    
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post #5 of 33
Ubuntu! Possibly Xbuntu on that machine if Ubuntu doesn't run well.
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Is it easy to install and configure?
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post #7 of 33
Xubuntu, since you only have 128MB of RAM. Ubuntu is mildly sluggish on my sister's Sempron 1.6 with 256MB RAM, so I imagine your computer would be worse off. Hers flies with Xubuntu, though. It's a great distro; it's lightweight enough for lower-speced systems to run, but it still provides excellent (though slightly reduced) functionality compared to something more minimal like Fluxbox (which is more difficult to use).
post #8 of 33
I'd try Slackware 12. It's great if you just want to jump in and get your hands dirty. Slackware is great to learn on, because it is a fairly complicated distro, relying mostly on you, rather than Ubuntu, which is much more automated.

When I started, I used Slackware, and it taught me a very large amount about linux, by requiring me to learn how to use it to install programs and configure it. It's very complicated, but in the long run, you'll learn much more, and be much happier. Obviously it also has no adverse effects on you if you decide to switch later, which is what I did.

Jumping right in and treading water until I learned how to swim is the best choice for in my opinion. It's also great, because once you go to Ubuntu, many people rarely switch back to other distros. And plus, with the knowledge you gain, if anything goes wrong, you have a much better chance at being able to fix it.

I like Ubuntu, but I disliked how automated it was when I first started using it, because I found that I wasn't learning much. Sure, I had the option to try the harder way, but I'd always end up doing it the easy way, just because it was there

/endrant But seriously, I think Ubuntu is a great choice once you learn some stuff. Try Slackware.
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post #9 of 33
Try Slackware 12.1 or Zenwalk.

No liveCD will work b/c of the low amount of memory (256 usually needed).
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post #10 of 33
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I tried xubuntu, at my friends house but left before it could fully install, so ima try it more tommorrow and tell you guys how this windows user likes it.

I spent time diggng through it since it was a police station"s computer hehe :-)
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