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Going linux on an old desktop... help for a noob please?

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I'm planning on installing Linux on an old desktop to give to my brother and sister. I'm kind of a noob with Linux confused.gif. I was wondering what version is the best, in terms of looks, compatibility, and user-friendliness. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

Oh yeah, it would be nice to give specs:
1.8 Pentium 4
512 mb ram
Geforce 4 MX 440
Edited by G33K - 1/17/11 at 10:49am
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post #2 of 20
You need Ubuntu.
post #3 of 20
Friendlyness? Mint.
Check this out.
http://jeffhoogland.blogspot.com/2010/02/why-mint-over-ubuntu.html

Mint > Ubuntu for ease.
post #4 of 20
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I know my way around pretty much every operating system, I just have no experience with all the different distros, and it has to be noob-friendly for my little bro and sis tongue.gif Thanks so far!
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post #5 of 20
Mint is probably what you want. It's basically Ubuntu with a little more ease of use.
post #6 of 20
I am now motivated to throw Mint on my laptop. I've actually never tried it.
Downloading now... biggrin.gif
post #7 of 20
ubuntu
I have it on my old 2.4ghz p4 machine with 512mb ram
runs fairly smooth
i mean compiz may may work but the chances of it working are very slim on this "old" mahcine
    
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post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks so far everyone! +reps
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post #9 of 20
Simple: start with Mint or Ubuntu (I would say Ubuntu, just because I have never really used Mint, as I prefer Ubuntu to Debian, but have used both).
If they struggle, give them a hand smile.gif
If they do not enjoy that, try a different distro, get their likes and dislikes and find a distro/ install a package to help with that.

all the best,
Cory.
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post #10 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by tw15t3d;12044214 
ubuntu
I have it on my old 2.4ghz p4 machine with 512mb ram
runs fairly smooth
i mean compiz may may work but the chances of it working are very slim on this "old" mahcine

Ubuntu isn't user friendly. I showed my mother it. She was quite confused. Like I said, Mint is built off Ubuntu, but it's way more user friendly. Like the OP had asked for.
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