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Hi. I want to start using linux but i want to build a seperate computer to run it on and learn how to use it, what parts should i get i want to keep it as cheep as possible. Thanks.
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post #2 of 10
well, it depends, if you want a lot of eye candy, you'll need a high grade system. I'm dual booting, why don't you do that? its pretty simple. You can switch between linux and windows through a boot screen.

also as my sig says...try mandriva as your first linux distribution.

or...if you want to be exceptionally cheap, try damn small linux, its 50 megabytes...it doesn't have a lot of programs to weigh it down, and it'll run on anything. ANYTHING. I don't like it however, because it has a bunch of crap I've never heard of in it.

Personally, I think you should save money, perhaps get a 2nd hard drive, and install linux on your pc in your profile that way you won't be limited by specs.
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post #3 of 10
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well basicly i was looking to get as cheep of a computer as possible to mess around with. I was considering dual booting but id rather have a dedicated one to mess with. Then once ive learned it enough id put it on my main computer.
The specs dont matter much to me seeing as all im using it for is learning linux.
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post #4 of 10
I installed Xandros on a P3 450Mhz System

It ran fine except for the onboard sound card
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post #5 of 10
I ran MandrakeLinux (Mandriva) on a PII 350 Mhz computer with 192 MB of ram. It ran great. Actually REALLY fast for just surfing and IM-ing. If you're building a new computer...make sure to get an NVIDIA graphics card, cause their drivers work for linux.
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post #6 of 10
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I think ill end up getting another hard drive and also i might check out criegs list for an old used computer thanks for the advise.
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post #7 of 10
Dude check out Slax live cd it is installable on a linux partition:

http://slax.linux-live.org/

I have it and it ran pretty well on my old 200mhz pentium which has only 24MB of ram. Plus, if you have 256MB of ram or more, you can copy the ENTIRE os to ram and run it on a ramdrive . It's only like 180MB, so it can easily fit on one of those nifty mini CD-R's.
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post #8 of 10
There are several live CDs out there for you to try. The live discs will allow you to run the program in memory so that you can get a feel for it. Then you can install it on a partition somewhere. If you are using NTFS i recomend you switch to the old Fat32 if you are going to use linux because it will allow you to kill spyware and virii that infect your windows install. I use Ubuntu and it is pretty simple to use you can get by without using the text interface for the most part. but if you want to install something that is from another package you will need to use alien to convert packages to your specific distro. You also need to be aware that alot of software will not tell you that you are missing something. it just will not run. For instance if you install Limewire it will not tell you to install java. It will just not run. So far I like ubuntu but I plan on giving some other distros a a shot. a good friend of mine loves Slackware.
    
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post #9 of 10
I use primarily Ubuntu...i only use Micro$haft for gaming. My favs are Ubuntu, Kubuntu (ubuntu with the KDE desktop enviroment, but gnome w/ kde apps works peachy), and suse. I always have a copy of slax or DSL handy in case i need to save a system from utter ahnihillation becaus eof shoddy windoze programming. I swear, they need to make a live XP disk
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post #10 of 10
first off, play around with anything off of http://www.linuxlinks.com/Distributions/LiveCD/ or http://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php

thatll get you going... its all up to you to decide what you wanna run... I recommend mandriva and ubuntu/ kubuntu since youre new... then you can delve into debian, gentoo, etc.
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