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Which Linux distro will you use for a Portable Operating System?

Question: Which Linux distro will you use for a Portable Operating System?

There are lot of Portable Linux Operating Systems. Its difficult to choose one. I just want to know what linux distro do you prefer...
My requirements are...
*Should be preloaded with VLC, Firefox/Chromium, LibreOffice and some basic apps.
*Should have easy GUI.
*Should boot in few seconds even with old pentium 3 hardware.
*Should be lightweight (less size)
*Should be error free (less crashes, hangups)
*Should not be a battery sucker(low power consumption)...
*Should support newer wireless (Intel, Atheros & Ralink) hardwares.
I am going to use it in a CD/DVD.

Suggest your preferance to me...

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Answer: Which Linux distro will you use for a Portable Operating System?

Try one of these. Mint Mate is the more advanced system.

Portable OS - Carry your OS on an External Drive

Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS

PS: CD/DVD is not a good idea.

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Any advice would be appreciated because I'm just starting to think about this.

At work there isn't really anywhere to conveniently bring my own laptop and access the WiFi there. Therefore, I'm thinking about using a portable OS on a flash drive or using some sort of software like PC Anywhere to access my computer while it's at home. It would be nice to be able to take care of some personal business on my lunch break on a computer, and it would seem a lot easier if I had all my programs handy.

One thing to keep in mind, is even the wired internet at work is super slow, if that makes any difference with using the PC Anywhere.

I've never used either of these so opinions are welcome.

Answer:Portable operating system or PC Anywhere?

kmblw said:

Any advice would be appreciated because I'm just starting to think about this.

At work there isn't really anywhere to conveniently bring my own laptop and access the WiFi there. Therefore, I'm thinking about using a portable OS on a flash drive or using some sort of software like PC Anywhere to access my computer while it's at home. It would be nice to be able to take care of some personal business on my lunch break on a computer, and it would seem a lot easier if I had all my programs handy.

One thing to keep in mind, is even the wired internet at work is super slow, if that makes any difference with using the PC Anywhere.

I've never used either of these so opinions are welcome.Click to expand...

The question is would your workplace allow the installation of PC Anywhere on their computers or wifi use other than for their business purposes.

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I can change the operating system of a scanner to Windows to Android for better and better functioning. I would like to find alternatives because the product was quite expensive (1500 euro) and buying one is a pretty big investment. this is the product

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Is there a way to be able to copy my entire hard drive (operating system, programs, etc) to a portable hard drive and still have it work on the portable unit? I know in the past, I have taken a hard drive out of a desktop computer and it worked that way, but I have never tried this.

I want to wipe and reformat my hard drive on my laptop and would like to have a working backup if I ever need anything on it without having to put everything back onto the laptop hard drive as I may never need some of this info again.



Answer:Copy entire operating system to portable hard drive?

No .. I can only speak for USB drives. What happens with usb is everytime you plug in a device usb resets. So if you have windows out there on a usb drive and it is doing an in page and you plug in a usb device and the usb resets... well that is not good. I think win 98 will run on a usb drive, not xp though. Second xp will not install at all on usb.

Yes this guy I work with has xp that boots from a usb flash drive. Actually it is some sort of a shell that xp is running in, some othre program. Very unsecure.

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If I change my operating system to linux and delete my old operating system entirely, will I be able to still use system restore to change my old operating system back?
Please help. All help is appreciated.

Answer:If I change my operating system to linux, can I still use windows' system restore?

The simple answer is no. If you remove an OS then you can not use it to do a restore because it is no longer there to run the restore program. What I would recommend would be to have a duel boot system.

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I have been offered a trial download/install of this OS but do not know anything about it.I would welcome comments from users as to whether it is a better alternative to Windos 7 which I have only purchased recently.Apparently it is possible to run it side by side with Win7.

Answer:LINUX Operating System

There are dozens of Linux systems, you will have to tell us what the one you have is?
Most Linux systems will let you run them from the CD without having to install it on the hard drive so you can see if you like it or not and to make sure its going to be compatible with your hardware.
Its not an alternative to the Microsoft Windows system, it is a completely different system under the bonnet. On the surface they look the same, my son, who is a Windows user, comes home and he is completely at home using my Linux Ubuntu system.
You can run it with Windows, when you boot you will have the option of selecting which system you want to use, in fact on this new computer I'm not going to install Windows because I have found I was never using it, so I couldn't see the point on spending out on something that I never use.

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I have windows vista but i was trying to put linux xubunu, or ubuntu, or any of those onto my external hd to boot my computer through the external to run linux. Unfortunately i accidentally downloaded it onto my c drive and now i have two os on my desktop. Can someone please help me delete that from my desktop, and also can someone help me install it onto my external? Thanks

Answer:second operating system (linux xubuntu)

Personally I would use Parted Magic to format your external drive first(or any other partition program).

Make at least three partitons

1) 10 to 15 Gb

2) as much space as you like ( depends on the size of your drive)

3) 512 MB to 2 GB

Partition 1) will be for the ROOT ( / ) partition. Thats where your main linux os files will be.

Partition 2) will be for the HOME (/home) partition this is where all you personal files and folders will be. Remember most modern linux os's have the ability to read and write to windiows partitions so make thios a size to suit your needs. I ususally make mine about 50 Gb.

Partition 3) is for the SWAP partition. Usually twice the size of the ram you have installed up to a max of 2GB. There is a bit of confusion about swap so further reading may give you more info.

Put your GRUB into partition 1).

Thats it really with your drives connected to the pc you should be able to install from your linux CD/DVD.
As to getting rid of your botched install I can not help. May be a good idea to do fresh installs all round.


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Hi I have the great task of writing a report comparing the above mentioned operating systems. And i have two particular areas which are causing me a few problems.I have to compare under the final two headings:1. Processing, including threading and concurrency issues.2. Memory Usage.Is concurrency the same as concurrent processes??If anyone can help with these 2 sections i would be incredibly grateful!Thanks in advance

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Hello all ... I am currently I a running XP Pro on an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ with 2 Gigs of RAM and 750 Gigs on 3 hard drives. Could anyone please point me to a link that will tell me how to install Linux as a second operating system?


Answer:Installing Linux as a second operating system

There are oh so many Linux tutorials, where to start...

We have a sticky right here on this forum, you may want to browse through.

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Are there any other operating systems besides windows or Linux? What about the macos? Can it be installed on a pc? What do I need to buy to get macos x work on my pc? Any other OS out there?

Answer:A Operating system besides Windows or Linux??

You cannot legally install Mac OS X on any non-Mac hardware. There are a wide variety of other operating systems out there such as the BSD family (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, etc.), Haiku (which is a derivative of the BeOS model as I understand it), and several others with niche userbases.

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I have some old laptops i would like to get some sort of use of provided its worth even using them.

One of them has a intel celeron 700 mhz processor and 256 mb of ram
Another has Intel pentium 3 1,133 mhz processor and 512 mb of ram

What linux distros would some of you recommend?

The one with slower processor and memory i assume even with a linux distro that can run stable on it won't get very good flash videos.

Answer:Operating system ( linux) for old laptops?

Those specs are very limiting, as your processors are quite slow, and your RAM is minimal. What was on them to begin with? WinXP, or something even earlier?

I posted a thread somewhere on this forum about a lightweight replacement that I custom remixed from Lubuntu, called XPubuntu. Although to be honest, even that might be too much for your old anemic lappys?

If XPubuntu isn't for your machines, the lightest weight distro that I have ever used (with a graphical GUI environment and full set of user programs) was AntiX. You may want to also check out Puppy Linux, although I have no experience with that one.

Stay away from the more well known Gnome, KDE, & Unity desktop environments. Usually I would tell folks to look for XFCE, LXDE & Enlightenment desktop distros. In your case, even those MAY be too much. You should probably be looking at Openbox, Blackbox, Fluxbox, IceWM, JWM or WindowMaker desktop environments. Less eye candy equals lower resource draw. It might be a challenge to find the right mix of "least amount of desktop environment resource draw" versus "graphical aesthetics to feel comfortable enough to get things done."

Depending on your level of computer expertise and comfort level, you may also want to consider installing a "server distro" (no graphical environment), then installing a lightweight window manager of your choice. For instance, Debian server is considered a very solid, stable, and popular... Read more

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Question: Linux distro

Which linux distrubtion do u guys started with???

I saterted with corel linux(dont know if it is there now) installation failed after about 90% and left my compaq warrenty void,

after that redhat, mandrake, Suse and now knoppix and 100% happy with it


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I really like Ubuntu 7.04 7.10 Is to buggy right now.

Answer:What linux distro do you like?


i fell in love with mandriva 2008

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Question: best linux distro

hey guys, wats the best linux distro out there?

Answer:best linux distro

Alot of people like Ubuntu

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Question: Linux distro..

which one, in your opinion, is the best? I`d like to go back to using Linux, but I`m not sure which distro to go with. :/ I mostly used Mandrake, but there`s probably something better that I haven`t tried.. or at least haven`t tried lately. I`m just getting sick of XP it gets fussy sometimes..


Answer:Linux distro..

Here is a start for opinions around here:

Mict advertising Linux from Scratch here:

Yeh we know about XP being fussy Stormbringer and I are wrestling with MSVDM and some of its problems in the IRC channel.

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Ok so I just got a new laptop that has Vista on it. But as I'm going to school for programming I really want to dual boot with linux. But I just wanted some recommendations on which one to use? My school uses Ubuntu so I'm leaning towards that. But what distributions would you guys suggest that have used linux a lot more than me? Also if you could recommend any software that would be awesome!

I need to be able to write programs in a lot of different languages: Assembly, C, C++, Java, Scheme, Lisp, Python, Pascal, ML, Haskell, Prolog, JavaScript, HTML, .NET, C sharp

So any advice would be awesome! Thanks!

Answer:Which linux distro?

You should try some live CDs/DVDs and let the computer decide.
The hardware determines what distro to run.

I don't run Ubuntu because it an never find my networked printer yet other distros (PCLinux, MEPIS, puppy and Xandros/Debian etch hybrid) can. Since printing is important to me, I haven't installed it.

Live CDs an be found here

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Question: Linux Distro

Hi , Im looking for a linux distro that can run on an old p-200, Just want to mess around with it

Answer:Linux Distro

Just to let you know we have a nice little Linux sub-section to post these questions in.

This question is also asked daily so you may want to try the search feature.

To answer you questions, pretty much most distros will work will as long as you avoid using CPU intensive apps and GUI's like KDE. There are som lite GUI's you can install but you will need to get your hands dirty a little.

Good luck.

Links of interest:

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Question: RPM Linux Distro

I am looking for the best linux distro that supports RPM's. I am an intermediate linux user.

Answer:RPM Linux Distro

Why rpm?
(Suse, perhaps. High "just-works"-factor.)

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Iuse to read this forum almost everyday since the las 10 months (when i discovered [H]). I don't post much due to my english limitatons, so... sorry for that.

Currently, i have a problem at work related with VPN's. We have a client with two officess in diferent citys, both with broadband internet access. I need very quick way to connect both with a VPN.

We used to work with "roadwarrior" connections (using RRAS in W2k, or even Poptop in Linux), but now the requeriment is to connect both networks ... having each pc' s with the posibility to ping the pc's on the other network and viceversa

I found IPCop has a posibility... and it seems to be suitable for my needs. Anyone worked with this distro in the past?. There is another distro that can be usefull for this task?

Thanks in advance.


Answer:Linux distro for net-to-net vpn's.

Use ipsec (freeswan?) to connect networks. Poptop for roadwarrors to connect to network. I only have personal experence with poptop, use it for my wireless, love it.

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Question: Best Linux Distro?

I'd like you to post your own opinion.

Answer:Best Linux Distro?

Linux Mint 17 MATE

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Since I'll be retiring my old computer in the coming months thanks to my building a new rig for Doom 3, I was thinking of taking the plunge and installing Linux on my old box and having some fun with it. I'm completely new to Linux, so what do you think would be best for the box in my sig? I was thinking of Red Hat myself...

Also, if you have any links to free quality Linux distros please post, if it's not too much trouble...

Answer:Linux Distro Help... for all of your iso needs.

I would go with Fedora. It's a good place to learn and it's very Red Hat.

Mandrak and SuSE are probably a good second choice (although SuSE is harder to get your hands on)

If you really want to do some nuts & bolts linux, I would hit up Slackware or Gentoo.

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Bought my XPS 13 a month ago, and accidently bought the Linux-version.
I have a Win 10 code laying around, and wondering if i can replace the operating-system?
Or is the computer "tuned" för Linux?

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I have a Dell inspiron e1505 with operating sys Linux. I want to install my original op disk Windows xp. Someone else installed linux for me, i now need Windows XP again. Thanks

Answer:Change Linux operating system back to XP

Dont mean to sound rude, But what is your question. and/or where is the problem?

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I recently built an in car computer. I am looking for help in finding the best linux distro for this application.

The system specs are as follows:
CPU: AMD K6-2 500mhz
Motherboad: Gigabyte GA-5SMM
HDD: Western Digital Caviar 80GB (IDE)
Optical drive: 16x DVD rom
RAM: 256mb PC100
Video: SIS integraded graphics
Sound: ESS integrated sound

The linux distro must have a good GUI since I'm useing a touch screen which would make a command line based OS unuseable. I will also need to be able to play audio and video.

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Answer:Linux Distro for an in car computer.

Normally, if you're not very experienced with linux, I would suggest Mandriva, Ubuntu or openSUSE. They are all very easy to use, but I'm not sure they will all work with the low specs you have.

You'll probably need to look for a distribution, that has fluxbox as an option for the Window Manager. Gnome and KDE take too many resources.

Keep in mind, no matter what distro you choose, you will at some point need to use the console for troubleshooting and other stuff. You cannot avoid the console completely.

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Which is the best Linux distribution for use in home pc. Looking for better stability and more software packages. easy to use and install software packages.

Answer:Best Linux Distro for Home PC

linux mint is best distro for home pc

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What's the best free Linux distribution that would easily handle hosting a website (that also serves audio/video content) and isn't particularly difficult to set up?

So far I know about Red Hat 9.

thanks in advance

Answer:Best Webserver Linux Distro?

Well, RH 9.0 might be a good idea, although I don't see why you wouldn't go for Fedora... Fedora you can use yum or apt to update more easily. (RH9 can also do apt)

Fedora will keep you further ahead on the software upgrade scale, and I believe it comes with Apache 2.0.47

Updates are generally fast coming from RedHat, and are easy to install. Most third-party applications are designed for RedHat, so as much as some other distros like Gentoo or Slack might be faster / better organized, most installers are designed for RedHat.

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Hello techspot members.

I've been using Ubuntu for about 5-6 years now, but I fancy more of a challenge - I feel I've gone about as far with Ubuntu as I can, and the novice type approach to everything is getting tiresome now unfortunately.

So with this in mind, what would members recommend to replace Ubuntu with? I don't mind spending hours configuring a new linux distro, and learning new things (thats the whole point of this exercise!).

With my IT degree starting in September I would like to broaden my knowledge. I'm not too sure I'm ready for the massive work required to configure something like Slackware, but I'm looking for something in-between this and Ubuntu.

I also prefer the gnome desktop, KDE is just too in your face and I just don't like it. lol. The computer being used for it is in my spec's, and it would need to be 64bit as well.

So what would you all recommend, and why?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Could you please recommend a new Linux distro

Try a stage 2 tarball of Gentoo - and if you feel that's not challenging enough you can move on down. You may even want to start from a live DVD just so you can see how everything behaves precompiled.

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I've been using suse linux for a couple of days now and i've decided that I deteste it. It feels like windows, except uglier, less featured and it crashes if you look at it funny (it's broken it's self after every update). I've been considering getting slackware. 'Cause if i'm going to be kicked to the commandline it might as well be on a distro where i know it's my fault and i can fix it. So i was wondering, do you think "getting slack" would help me with my linux troubles, or would the frustration just kill me off of linux?

Answer:LInux Distro, Help Needed

what distro are you using now?

Personally, I prefer slackware. It's my fav distro. I do feel personally responsible for everything I do. You're probably going to find that you ahve to compile more stuff from source, but the default install is very capable and stable.

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I'm looking to make a box with a dual wan.... I want to share two internet connections between roughly 60 computers. I don't care what machine uses what line etc.... the ONLY reason I am doing this is because my ISP doesn't have a line large enough for our needs, so gonna get two.

I have searched around and it looks like Untangle will only do it with their paid versions. I don't wanna have to spend any money.



Answer:Dual-Wan linux distro??


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I was bored the other day (and in a mood to do stuff with computer hardware), so I took my spare parts and put them together into a machine.

Actually I have the spare parts to put together at least three machines, but in this case I decided to put together just one, with most of the better stuff available .

Now that I'm done, I've decided that instead of just putting a copy of XP on it, I'll put a linux distribution on it and do something interesting. Thus far I only ever really use linux for servers. In this case I'd like a machine that I actually play with.

With that in mind... what's the favourite distro of everyone here, and why? Games, multimedia, whatever... just post whatcha got and why, and I'll see what I end up deciding to use .

The machine I'm sure will be up to doing whatever. It's no powerhouse, but it should be sufficient.

CPU: Athlon @ 1.4ghz
Mobo: Something based on the SIS730 chipset .
RAM: 256mb SDR
Storage: 80gb 7200rpm WD
CD-ROM: 4x hitachi (not exactly at the forefront of technology, but at least it's not variable speed)
Sound: Integrated, but I've got a spare SB-Live if needed.
Network: 3com 3c905x NIC
Video: GeForce 4 5600FX, integrated video also available

Post any ideas . Thanks!

PS: If you happen to think ANOTHER operating system would be better, by all means feel free to suggest one .


Answer:most enjoyable linux distro

I liked slackware for most things. I use it for my servers, and any machine where I need a quick (yet configurable) start.

Gentoo is far better for something to mess with long term and for perfection. I've got gentoo on a standard desktop use box. It is a web station for my family and me to use. Very nice!

Also, if you're installing it on a slower machine, make use of some of your serving power, and use distcc.

I've got about 6GHz available for distcc use... really speeds up a lot of jobs.

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Title says it all I guess... if we add another internet line at work, which distro will allow for two reds? I read somewhere that Smoothwall or IPCop won't(and these are the two I am currently familiar with)

Thanks guys.

Answer:Best Linux Distro for 2 Red Nics??

I use pfSense for this. Quite a few deployments with dual WANs, it works very well. Use the 1.2.3 release candidates, they are very stable with better hardware support and the multi WAN engine is significantly improved.

Random bitch: I really don't like this whole red/yellow/green thing.

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hey guys what do you think the best linux distro is?
and also what is the best way to learn it?

Answer:best linux distro for learning?

Your first question isn't an easy / simple one... there are a myriad of linux distributions because they all specialize in some different thing than all the others. It all depends on what you want to use it for. Is it for a personal desktop? I think (k)ubuntu is the current favorite for that, since it installs with a minimum of effort, has sensible default GUI settings, and a good community. If you're looking to simply test the waters without a lot of frustration, this would be a good place to start.

As far as the best way to learn, I think it's to pick a distribution that's not made to be easy or friendly, and try to customize it as you like. This is the way I started off, at least. Slackware linux still holds a special place in my heart... It's actually pretty easy to install, but after that, you're on your own. Almost no GUI tools to configure your system; no automatic packaging either, the "packages" are essentially zip files with the programs. It will be more frustrating and time-consuming, but I feel I came away from the experience having learned a lot.

Some people recommend Gentoo linux. One of the ways to install Gentoo is to compile the entire system from source code. This can definitely be a good learning experience, but I personally don't recommend it at first. When I tried it (which I did before Slackware), I ended up just following the steps in the guide without knowing what I was doing. If you're really dedica... Read more

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Title says it all.

Answer:Best Linux distro for a nube?

SUSE 10 32-bit or Fedora Core 5 32-bit or Ubuntu 32-bit

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I'm trying to find a lite weight Linux distro for one of the computers in our office. Its has an AMD Athlon 2.1ghz with 480MB of RAM, and with XP Pro on it, its so sluggish.
We don't use it for much - all it has to do is access the web, load pdf & maybe tiff files, and be able to access our networked server, with an easy to use GUI desktop. Not asking much right .

I have used Ubuntu some, but still a Linux noob, so I was hoping someone had some good ideas for a distro.


Answer:Looking for lightweight Linux distro

Ubuntu would be ideal. It'll be absolutely fine on that hardware, and faster than XP Pro is currently too. The official minimum specs are here, though you may find your RAM will struggle to run a live CD for installation. I would recommend you install using the Ubuntu alternative CD instead.

The best thing to do is try to install from a live CD, and if that fails, install from the alternative CD instead. You'll experience some slow down due to the lower RAM, but it should handle simple stuff like office documents, email, web browsing etc without any issues at all.

I've also got a step by step Ubuntu installation guide in my signature below as well, so should answer anything your unsure about.

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Hi guys (and gals, although I imagine there's few out there),

Just picked myself up a free Sun Ultra 10. It's got an Ultra IIi 333 Mhz (or something like that), with 256 MB of RAM and a 20 GB HD. It's all IDE, as far as I can tell.

Anyway, I am not a big fan of Solaris for some reason (perhaps I haven't given it enough of a chance), so I want to put Linux on it. The question is, what distro? I've tried putting Debian on it, but can't get any sort of the GUI to cooperate. Once I get my monitor issue resolved, I can post errors in an attempt to figure it out.

However, in the mean time, I was wondering what distros you guys might use? I'm anti-Redhat at the moment, since they abandoned the idea of "free", IMHO. But otherwise, I'm open to suggestions.

Also, I've tried Mandrake, and it doesn't seem to like the fact that I'm running a 20 GB HD. I can only seem to get it to see about 5 GB of it, or rather, at least that's all it wants to let me partition. Problem with using ext2, perhaps?

Well, I think I'm done rambling at the moment.. I might be somewhat incoherent, so I'll try to clean this up in teh morning when I get to work and am sober.


Answer:Sun Ultra 10 - Which Linux distro?

i will probably get some flack for this, but i recommend Gentoo. i know they have plenty of install guides for all archictures. i recommend that you read the Sparc install guide before you decide.

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I'm currently a appretice at a local tech shop and we're trying to find an alternate to Win98 to put on a few old computers. These old computers are like 300 mhz, 64 mb RAM, 4 gig hdd. It would also be cool to have it look like Windows, and we'll probably put the WINE thing on these machines too. Right now we are testing SuSe 10 but it seems to need at least 256 mb ram to even be useable so we really need to find something that isn't as resource hungry.


Answer:small linux distro that will run on 64 mb RAM

Debian will run on it. Not the simplest of linux flavours though. (Debian x86 installation instructions/faq)

On the other side of debian, you can install knoppix to the hard drive, but They say it's not advised for reasons of requireing experience to handle the issues it'll throw your way (it's designed primarily for live cd mode, hdinstall is a secondary issue)

Any linux flavour can be made to look(ish) like XP - there aren't any that look like XP though, and WINE is not a replacement for Windows - it gets better all the time but it's not a replacement. a rough explanation of what it is can be found from the horses mouth here.

If you're going to replace win98 with linux, you'll have to start working in a different way (ie, the linux way) is about the long and the short of it.

Having said all that, any other info can come from a person who knows far more than my limited experience of linux allows.

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I am thinking of jumping on board to linux. I hear alot of distros benig thrown around. I'm just wondering what the general consensus for the best linux distro is??

Does this sound right?

Debian > Gentoo > Debian derivatives (Ubuntu, etc) > Redhat/Fedora > all other Linux > SuSE

Answer:Whats the best Linux distro?

There's a Linux subforum here:

Might consider checking: since it's one of the largest repositories of information about Linux distros as well as providing ratings to compare them.

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Most of the machines that I use are work are HP c360's running HP-UX. I'm starting to perform more functions at my job with these machines and I'd really like to get to know UNIX better.

Are there any distros of linux that resemble HP-UX? I don't really want/need an HP box at home, but I'd like to play with something that's close to the OS at work.

Answer:Linux distro closest to HP-UX

What about FreeBSD. Or if you really need Linux try Slackware.

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I'm looking to see if running linux will help me with running the BBC climate change BOINC program any faster. It's a machine with only limited resources (celeron 1.7 with 512 meg of 266 ram. - very low whetstone/drhystone benchmarks compared with my athlon xp 2400 (which runs at the same speed, just proving the already known - speed isn't everything).

Sooo, can anybody tell me what the smallest/lightest linux distro is (with a basic GUI obviously), using a kernel of late 2.4 or above?

Answer:Smallest linux distro

Any Linux distro will run OK on that machine, so no need to go scrambling for extra lightweight stuff.

When installing, leave out Gnome and KDE and choose some lightweight window manager instead.

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Since i'm going to use the distro in a coorporate environment, i figure i will post in this forum to hear feedback from other network junkies.

I have an older Dell poweredge 600c server laying around and i want to throw a linux distro onto it -- The first thought is Ubuntu -- but anyone have other suggestions ? which are free.

I'd like a GUI - gnome/kde doesn't matter and i'm relatively inexperienced with linux - but i have done minor installations before with Ubuntu and have familiarity with apt-get.

I'd like to use the box mainly for all the network tools available ( although i know some have been ported to work on windows) such as but not limited to: cacti,ntop;dhcp-probe;wireshark.samba;cups etc.

Answer:Linux Distro Recommendations..

Since you mentioned you have had experience with Ubuntu before, I would suggest going with it. If you want to try something different though, you could look into CentOS, which is a distro that takes the RHEL source RPMs and rebuilds them into a free distro.

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Answer:Linux Distro Chooser


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I was curious to know from real people what your favorite linux distro is? With respect to look, performance, stability, &/or any other thing. & If you could tell me about the most beautiful linux distro you've seen so far?

Currently from windows 8.1 I'd to install Windows 7 for some testing purposes, after this I intend to go to linux for sometime before moving towards windows 10, previously had used linux Mint & Elementary OS, I want to try something different this time, any linux with good default look.

Answer:Your favorite Linux Distro?

I have not used linux for awhile,but I am still confortable on using any distro for some more than basic tasks. Don't get under the hood on some, `cause that damn thing will break. But I like using Fedora and Linux Mint (that Cinnamon desktop is great). And under some recent events I am starting to like Tails.
I have much work to do in this machine right now to do a dual boot machine, but in this spring will do so.

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I've played with different distros of linux and I was like most Linux newbies..I didn't know the first thing about installing new programs into Linux. It would tick me off to where i would wipe the harddrive and go back to WinXP. To make a long story even longer...for all you other newbies wanting to try linux without having to learn all those confusing commands, download BLAG linux. Its based on RedHat 9.0 but includes all the media stuff RedHat didnt include and it only used one install disk. Hope this helps

Answer:A Linux Distro for newbies like me

Originally posted by Darkshadoe
To make a long story even longer...for all you other newbies wanting to try linux without having to learn all those confusing commandsClick to expand...

That would be putting aside one of Linux's greatest ( & most powerfull ) features.

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My ThinkPad A21m (2628-F2U, PIII 750 MHz (256KB), 512 MB RAM) works very efficiently with Windows 2000 SP4 and seems to work better on the internet with dial-up, than my higher-powered, 2GB RAM Windows XP computers). Unfortunately, it is now difficult to get anti-virus and firewall software that are compatible with Windows 2000. (I suspect - but haven't had the chance to fully investigate it yet - that my A21m would not meet the hardware specifications for the current versions of anti-virus and firewall software anyway. I was wondering whether switching to Linux, Ubuntu, or some other operating system would help or would only add to my woes. If I switched to Linux, for example, would the Thinkpad drivers and software work with the new operating system? Would most other programs, such as Outlook Express, Microsoft Office, and so on, work with the new operating system? If anyone has had experience with the problem of Windows 2000 no longer being supported by anti-virus and firewall providers, I would appreciate your suggestions and comments. Thank you.


Go to Solution.

Answer:Operating System for A21m (2628-F2U) - Linux? Ubuntu?

I had the same problem with my A21m (2628 - GXU PIII 800 MHz) a few years ago, so I upgraded it to Windows XP Professional (SP3). My machine is also fully loaded with 512 MB of RAM,  I then installed Norton as the anti-virus/firewall software. I have to admit that the machine is rather sluggish though. I tend not to use it in favour of my 3GB R500. 

2 ThinkPad R500's 2714-CTO T9600 2.80 Ghz 4GB RAM Win 7/10. ThinkPad R500 2714-CTO P8600 2.40 Ghz 3GB RAM Win 7. ThinkPad R61 8932-CTO T8300 2.40 Ghz 3GB RAM Win Vista. ThinkPad T500 2241-DB9 T9600 2.80 Ghz 4GB RAM Win 7. ThinkCenter A63 5237-CTO 3GB Ram Win 7

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I have an old PC I built about 11 years ago as gaming system, the specs are:

PII 400
256 mb SDRAM
12 gig HDD
DVD drive
CD burner
Voodoo 2s in SLI
and a Voodoo 3 AGP (can switch to a TNT2 if needed)

So yeah, the system is ancient, but still runs and is used for day to day browsing and office work. I can remove the Voodoos since they aren't really used. Basically I have serious security concerns about running Windows 98, and just about nothing is available for it anymore. I want to put a more modern OS on it, but am completely green with Linux. Are there any relatively lightweight and straightforward Linux distros I can get for this machine?

Answer:Lightweight Linux distro for an ancient PC?

Arch Linux

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Okay, I have a linux bootable CD called "Cool Linux CD", and it's based on RedHat 6. I can get it to boot up fine and dandy, but when I start, I get the console and no GUI. I tried typing "xstart" but it didn't do anything. Any sugestions?

Answer:Problem with bootable linux distro

I have never heard of this distro. Where exactly did you get it?

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which linux distro works the best as a server on a win2k domain??

I know red hat does and the new suse supposedly works awesome, but is there a free one that will also work??


Answer:free linux distro as a server?

What are you trying to do? Setup a Samba server, apache/web server, email server...etc? If you want to setup a Samba server almost any flavor will do, I personally prefer FreeBSD over any Linux variant, however, that's personal preference and what I learned on. However, if that's not what you are trying to do, try and explain what you do want to do.

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Hey all,

Im thinking of setting up a software firewall on my network. After doing a bit of reading it seems that Smoothwall is a popular choice. I'm wondering if Smoothwall can be configured to act as a bridge instead of a gateway? i want the router to receive the IP given by my ISP.

Is this possible?

Answer:Linux firewall distro question

I've not run across this as a senario yet... I've been a pretty heavy user of smoothwall for few years now. I'd do a search in their community forums. They've got a pretty active homebrew crew too. If theres nothing obvious, then make a post. People over there are much more cordial than on most forums.

You might be able to do that out of the box with m0n0wall though. It's been a while since I've had the pleasure of looking at it though.

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hey noob question looking for the best linux distro that can handle 1: the largest number of hdds, 2: the largest capacity hdds. building a pvr to run mythtv on.

Answer:linux distro that can handle the most memory

Welcome to TechSpot

They're not really distribution limited / related, but kernel limited instead, and I don't think you'll hit the limits with hardware available for mortal users.

Linux kernel can handle "out of the box" up to 64 GB of RAM, see High Memory In The Linux Kernel for details.

I'm not sure how many storage controllers is the maximum, but at least you can have hard disk drives from hda to hdz, as far as I know.

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Answer:I need help choosing the right Linux distro for my laptop.

it's not so much the distro, it's what you put on it (i.e. kde or gnome)

realize tht just about any "current" distro will assume you have current hardware, and can handle kde 3.1 or gnome 2.4, unless you specify otherwise during the install.

as far as wm/de i'd go for xfce or even icewm instead of kde/gnome. both are light, but still have enough candy to make it's use worthwhile. many here will suggest fluxbox, and that would be great too. you'll need add firefox and gaim for browsing and im.

... enjoy!

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I've gotten sick and tired of Windows gumming up my laptop. My last install lasted ~1 week before it got a virus and the prior one lasted around 2 months of very frugal use.

I was very happy with my Ubuntu build on my desktop, so I tried to install it on my laptop.

Big Mistake.

Despite the laptop being a 2.0ghz dual-core X64 processor (with 3gb RAM) everything lagged, and not only that, but it keeps running out of memory and giving me "blank" windows (known issue)

So, I looked for a lighter-weight distro, but so far most of what I'm seeing is NOT x64 compatible. (my first choice was Puppy, but I cant find anything about it being 64-bit)

Anyone got suggestions? All I need to to access the internet (WiFi), type, and if possible watch videos and listen to music. Very basic system.

Answer:Light Linux distro for X64 Laptop?

If that is all you need the system to do then why does it have to be 64bit? Any 32bit distro will do what you want perfectly fine and you won't lose anything.

Also, you're doing something wrong if you can't keep windows working for more then a few months, fyi.

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I was wondering if there was a linux distro that could be used to scan and delete/repair infected windows installations on ntfs partitions. I have tried google with no luck, may just be confused about what i'm looking for.

Answer:Linux antivirus distro for ntfs

You could use BartPE and a web based scanner. I think problem with a linux scanner would be reliable NTFS compatability.

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pii, 400mhz, 8G hd, 96meg memory (old compaq presario). machine runs fine.

read through many a thread, seems like some are happier with less horsepower than others. hard for someone with meager knowledge to grasp which one though.

suggestions as to which one would be better for my machine from those in the know would be appreciated. sounds like an interesting weekend project to play with, since spring refuses to come to the northeast this year.


Answer:suggestions on linux distro firewall for this box

Debian....also here is a link to setting up a firewall box on Debian,

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I have XPro and 1 hard drive with 3 individual partitions -
1. 48.8 GB
2. Un-formatted
3. 15.0 GB Compressed (For File Storage)

I want to use the un-formatted partition for the Linux install and basically have my system be a dual-boot. I'm thinking of using either SUSE or Ubuntu.

Anyway, I won't bother asking for any gory details about how to do all this, but if you could, would you mind providing me with a decent tutorial or website that focuses on this sort of thing? One that you know is good and not just some random Google search result? Hell, if you even know of a good book that would be easy for a new guy like me to follow, that would be appreciated, too.

Answer:Installing a Linux distro on a partition?

Wolf_22 said:

I have XPro and 1 hard drive with 3 individual partitions -
1. 48.8 GB
2. Un-formatted
3. 15.0 GB Compressed (For File Storage)

I want to use the un-formatted partition for the Linux install and basically have my system be a dual-boot. I'm thinking of using either SUSE or Ubuntu.

Anyway, I won't bother asking for any gory details about how to do all this, but if you could, would you mind providing me with a decent tutorial or website that focuses on this sort of thing? One that you know is good and not just some random Google search result? Hell, if you even know of a good book that would be easy for a new guy like me to follow, that would be appreciated, too.Click to expand...

Graphic Install Directions Ubuntu 9.04 Includes YouTube Video

Installation of SUSE Linux

Installing Mandriva Linux:major

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Well i got a SFF that would be perfect for NAS and was thinking maybe great if I can dabble with some Linux firewall distro. I believe its a Shuttle with maybe a 2500 Barton or something. Anyway firewall distro also have a built in nas setup?

Answer:Any linux distro with firewall and nas built in?


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Hey all,

I was thinking of configuring a Virtualbox VM with a mini Linux distro containing a capable browser like Chrome or Firefox. Latest version. I was hoping for a pre-built VM. Found TinyME from, but it's terribly out of date and I can't figure out how to update it. I'm fluent in Ubuntu Desktop and Server, but that's about it.

Any recommendations? I tried Chrome OS, but it was aweful. Tinycore and DSL are too... ugly? old-school GUI. Maybe I can drop another X package on it, but wanted to find out if anyone else has an idea?

I like TimyME cause irt's < 200MB.


Answer:Best mini linux distro browser only

i've used SLAX before. It's a small linux OS designed to be installed on a flash drive or as a livecd. They have plugins to easily install certain software and drivers.

I believe it comes with icecat (or iceweasel?) which is basically firefox.

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I thought I recently came across something like pfSense or untangle, both i don't know if they are free or really firewalls, but I would like to make a Firewall/router on one of my new (used) Dell PowerEdge 1950 servers. It seems that these would be ideal for robust traffic handleing with 4 1Gbps connections.

Can someone point me to a project that would work well for this?

Answer:Linux Router distro - anyone know of a good one?

pfSense. Free, very good in my experience. Scales well with suitable hardware.

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I'm in a bit of a predicament.

I've got an old laptop from which I must retrieve a folder full of files.

For some convoluted reason, Windows (both XP and 98) refuse to install. The laptop will be going in the dustbin shortly so I am not too fussed, but the files are important.

Using a good old DOS boot disk I can view and copy the files manually onto floppies. This would take an impractical amount of time however.

I have tried installing a DOS USB driver with the intention of using a USB thumb drive, but it just won't play ball.

Ripping the hard drive out is an option, but I have no 2.5" adapter or the time to find one.

The only logical solution I can see is using a small CD-bootable Linux distro which can see FAT32 drives and supports USB storage devices.

Having zero Linux experience myself, I am at a loss.

Are there any such distros around? Ideally I'd like to find a ready-to-burn package which is reasonably small.

Many thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Compact CD-bootable Linux distro? Which one?

Have Ghost? You could ghost an image file of the laptop to another machine, and use Ghost EXplorer to extract the files you need.

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I can load any Linux Distro I haveBut Windows 7 won't load no matter what I do I wiped HDD from scratch after several problems with computer.Now Windows doesn't want to load

Answer:Win 7 other than Linux Distro won't load no matter what I do

What are you reinstalling from? If you have a retail, OEM, or recovery DVD, then when you boot to the disk, you should use the Custom install option, then Partition/format options. Delete any remaining partition and create a new partition and format it to NTSF (Quick Format should do, Full format can take hours longer but will overwrite all on the drive), then proceed with the install.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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I was originally using Ubuntu 7.04 on this computer. But Due to A MAJOR problem that nobody has provided me with a fix for and Im tired of waiting. I want to know which Distro would be right for me.

Im going to be using it as a primary OS and IM going to keep Windows around for gaming. Im currently on a Dual boot system with Ubuntu 7.04 and XP Pro

The reason I want to replace Ubuntu is because my Lite On SATA CDburner / DVD burner combo drives DOES not exist peroid to it, and since IM a linux newbie and the Linux pros are basically being useless to me by not even seeming interested in helping me (some community heh) and the ones that are trying to help dont speak newb, or are just as confused as I am.

and IM sure you agree with thats the ONLY Disk drive on your computer and you cant use it with the OS of choice, its time to find another OS!

So Im going to be using Linux to surf the web, download, play music, burn cds in mp3 format to listen to in my car, chat with friends, and do basic general use stuff, and just keep my dual boot of XP for playing video games.

I want something as close to Ubuntu as possible since BEYOND that CD/DVD issue that ruined that OS for me, I REALLY liked Ubuntu though I cant see how people say its the best when its so ridden with bugs and apperantly has so many issues with SATA drives!

Answer:Which Linux Distro Should I Get in place of Ubuntu?

I've always liked Suse.

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Hello Guys,

At this very moment i am cleaning out a laptop so i can install Linux Mint on it.
The reason for this is simple, this is my spare laptop and i would like to give Mint a try.
I do have extensive knowledge about Cent Os, but after talking to a friend, he sort of convinced me to try Linux Mint as a direct counter to windows.

So i said to myself, hell yeah lets give it a spin, and i intend to make full use of this laptop for the next few weeks, so that my Linux Mint exp is solid enough to give it a win or fail verdict.

So here is the laptop config:

32 Bit, 1TB Hdd, 4GB ram, C-Duo P7350 Cpu 2.0Ghz, Intel GMA Graphics card (Shared) and Real T Sound.

That said i mentioned i would use Mint extensive, however i would like to focus on speed, security, and overall usability.

So which programs would you guys recommend to add to mint in order to make it a almost can do it all laptop without losing its potential.


Answer:Linux Mint (Latest Distro)

i kinda prefer linux mint kde which edition will you be using?

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Okay I'm gonna make a server

I already know about the following distros that seems interesting to me

1) Redhat enterprise ( hate how it is not free)
2) CentOS
3) Engarde Secure
Please suggest a good linux distro. for server or one from the list (not Ubuntu)

Thank you

Answer:Good Linux Server distro

CentOS works well, it makes some good Postfix servers, MySQL and PostgreSQL databases right out of the box. It's pretty darn versatile.

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what you have to know about Linux/UNIX:

1- A Linux distro (simplified used name) unlike Windows is not made from a single fixed block but the superposition of modular distinct components:

- Linux Kernel : the very first layer of the any Linux OS
- GNU: from a common Kernel, tools and libraries are added resulting in GNU-kernel or other kernel variants like FreeBSD
- Distribution: communities developed several Linux architecture and infrastructure, resulting in different flavor of Linux like Debian, Arch Linux, etc...
- Windowing system: added on the architecture, this components is the GUI and manage how the interface is displayed, example are X11, Wayland, etc...
- Windows Manager: controls the appearance and placement of the various elements (windows, icons, menus, etc...), examples are Fluxbox, openbox, Windows Maker, etc...
- Desktop Environment called DE: on top of the windows manager, this is the UI , will be how you interact with the OS; example are Gnome, Unity, KDE, XFCE, LMDE, Mate, etc...they are made separately from the architecture.
- Software Packages: all the software included in the distro to make it usable out of the box (Firefox, VLC, etc...) ; these packages are checked then stored in some servers (known as repositories) and are updated at same time as the distro unlike MS Windows (you have to update them separately). the repositories are like Playstore for Android; this is why you can safely download from them and be sure they are safe and clean of malwa... Read more

Answer:Basic explanation of what is a Linux Distro

I needed this info, thanks.

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Been a *while* since I've played around with Linux, and got it in my head it might be fun too a bit, again, since I've acquired an older PII box that would serve perfectly fine as a web server!

I'm currently running an Apache web server on WinXP, so know Apache pretty well....but am not as familiar with my distro options in Linux anymore. Or, heck, if what I'm looking for is even POSSIBLE.

- Free (duh)
- Low overhead (box only has 256mb of ram, PII-333)
- Must be able to be remotely administered from a WindowsXP PC (the box is 'headless')

For the 'remote administration' element - I'm used to using WinXP's Remote Desktop (home use) or Symantec's PCAnywhere (for work), and really expect that level of functionality. Only without having to buy it!

Answer:Looking for a decent Linux distro for a webserver

A free ^^^ since you mirrored a question I've been thinking about.

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Hi there
Anybody running a Windows 8.1 Virtual machine from a LINUX host with 3-D support working. If so what distro are you using. (VMware player / workstation).

I've tried SUSE and DEBIAN - the VM runs perfectly except I can't get 3-D support or hardware graphics acceleration.

Under Windows as host (W7) no problem !!.


Answer:Windows 8.1 under Linux - which distro for 3-D support

Hi Jimbo,

You should try installing the certified drivers for the graphics card from Nvidia or AMD instead of standard installed ones, for some distro's use limited opensource versions like the nouveau driver.

Also see specific VMware info about what you need:
That's for a host,
It says WS5.5, but should still apply on newer releases, use the mentioned tools to get info about the graphic drivers.

For a guest, W8, check to see if 3D is on in the VMX file itself:
some example for Ubuntu drivers or install procedures:
How to install Nvidia drivers in Ubuntu 13.04


Although I'm not familiar with AMD/ATI cards, similar packages should exist:

Official binary releases, which are recommemded, also exist on the official sites, Nvidia, AMD.

For Intel I'm not sure what for driver will be used, I've seen something reported as Tungsten which provided pretty good basic acceleration a while back.

So in the end you'll need to install the latest official graphic driver you can get for your distro, then see That OpenGL is running well (run glxinfo and glxgears + some other benchmarking tools* are nice to see).

*System profiler and benchmark:
Good luck.

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I just can't find the thread where it was mentioned.I'd like to know which one it was, and if it would suit my ancient Thinkpad 600E more than say puppy.

Answer:I'm sure FE recommended a Linux distro for netbook

Not sure what FE recommended, but Ubuntu Netbook may be worth a look. click here

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I just want you guys' input on what BSD/Linux router distro you prefer the most.
I know/use a few already, but I don't want to name them and bias any posters.


Answer:Your suggestions for BSD/Linux router distro

monowall, simple and it works.

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Ive got a Dell Poweredge 1750 that Ive been playing with for the past several weeks, loading it with Untangle, and pfSense. I did try Smoothwall and Astaro but Smoothwall cant detect the SCSI drives, and Astaro goes into a kernal panic. And I could not get pfsense to corporate with MW2. (always strict NAT no matter what I did)

So Ive been using Untangle for the last couple of weeks very nicely. The 1750 has dual gigabit Broadcom nics and a single Xeon 3ghz w/ HT CPU. Only except here lately I noticed even with everything turned off in the GUI rack, my internet speeds would start dwindling, and especially in MW2 I had alot more lag issues when playing online. And today while playing around with QoS, I managed to get it back up to 14mbs down and 3mbs up. (I can hit 19-22mbs up and 4mbs using my DD-wrt router). But then for whatever reason the configuration wizard came up while playing around, so I exited that because I didnt want to change anything, only to have my internet die and no longer able to access Untangle.

So the 1750 came unplugged,hooked the modem back into the WAN of my DD-wrt router,(WRT54g2) logged into DD-wrt , turned DHCP back on,and was back in business within seconds after the router rebooted. Still even had all my ports forwarded correctly.

But now, the 1750 is sitting in the basement, useless again.
I really enjoyed Untangle for its services while surfing the web (no popups, no ad galor).
However, it always gave me a bit of lag in MW2, or it g... Read more

Answer:Which Linux firewall Distro is best for gaming?

Angry said:

Im picking up the most powerful router w/ gigabit ports that I can load with DD-wrt.Click to expand...

Just get a Netgeat WNDR3700 and call it a day. The savings in power, heat, and noise make up for the cost.

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I am looking for a distribution of linux that is featured (like xp or vista) graphically and is easier to install. I have seen a few from a website suggested, but it doesn't really tell me much. Thanks in advance for answers !

Answer:Fully Featured Linux Distro???

Found something! "Dream Linux"

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I am looking for a distribution of linux that is featured (like xp or vista) graphically and is easier to install. I have seen a few from a website suggested, but it doesn't really tell me much. Thanks in advance for answers !

Answer:Fully Featured Linux Distro???

Found something! "Dream Linux"

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The title says it all.

I have tried several Linux distros before (with Gnome, Unity, Cinnamon and KDE shell) but even though in many ways I find them more secure, customizable, and geeky than Windows, I kept coming back to Windows because many apps that I use run best in Windows despite Linux having Wine and PlayonLinux (apps that allow Linux to run Windows apps).

Windows has apps that set the "standard" in today's everyday computing and use, like Microsoft Office, among many others. So even though Linux has thousands of free apps, there is a really need for me to return to Windows or at least dual boot with Linux.

Please share your opinions. I want this thread to be informative, objective, and even subjective.


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Okay so I haven't tried dualbooting for a long time since I got so frustrated I just completely quit. So I've tried Kali Linux two times and Debian on it, trying to dualboot by installing it from my USB. Once it installs and I press escape to go into boot settings and to select which I want to boot, I choose the linux distro and it boots up, HOWEVER, I can never get the internet working on it. Every time I switched it on, it immediately switches back on. And when I try a wired D-Link internet thing (not sure what it is, router or something, it's very tiny) the internet goes on but can't find any connection, and when I spam it on and off it eventually finds internet but only for a short time and goes away. Is it just because my laptop's wifi card isn't compatable with the latest linux kernel?  It's just so confusing because I've tried everything and tried configuring the settings on the terminal and turn the things on (don't remember what it was called but I know whatever it was on Kali Linux on a VM it wasn't on so I went in and tried to turn it on but it was already on) and it just never worked. Even tried turning that "thing" off and it still wouldn't work. I really want to do some linux stuff on the actual machine and not in a virtual machine.

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i took a pc off someones hands so i can play around with linux, unfortunately the pc is on the older side so the hardware isnt too beefy.

CPU: Intel® Celeron®&#8482; 466MHz (w/128KB L2 Cache) PPGA CPU
Memory: 64MB SyncDRAM (up to 256MB)
Hard Drive: 10GB HDD (Ultra DMA EIDE)
Optical Drive: 40x Max. CD-ROM Drive
Video: ATI Rage Pro Turbo 2X AGP with 4MB SGRAM

roughly what it has in it

its an emachines etower 466ix

just wondering what a decent linux distro would be ok for those specs, ubuntu got to a orangish screen and just sat there. Win 98 runs decent on it, im gonna try Suse as soon as its done downloading

also...i just wanna run maybe run aim on it or browse the web...i already have a decent rig. just wanna play with linux

Answer:recommend good linux distro for older PC

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Hello, Luffy here.

As you've probably noticed, i'm new and i need help.
I really want to dual boot Win8.1 with Kali Linux. ~ 64 bit.

I'm having a lot of doubts about it. A lot of people write that their Win8.1 system got, excuse my language, ****ed up. They say it's because of OEM/UEFI & so forth.

I'm unfortunately not so experienced with dual booting so i wouldn't really know what to do. Could anyone please help me clarify all of this? What's the problem with Win8.1 & Linux, what do i need to do in order to install it succesfully without errors?

Thanks in advance to everyone.

Answer:I cannot dual boot Windows 8.1 with any Linux distro


Kali document regarding dual booting:

Dual Boot Kali with Windows | Kali Linux Official Documentation

This might help: (screenshots are not in english)

Dual Boot Ubuntu and Windows 8 UEFI | eLab Hackerspace [EN]

some general help guides on dual booting Windows:

Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

Windows 8 VHD - Create at Boot to Dual Boot with


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Greetings all. I do hope everyone had a great holiday and is looking forward to 2011.

Has been a little while since I have posted. Hawklord, BOoMM and Hedon James have been a great help to me as I am only a 2 month old Linux user. :-D I have printed out many things and added them to my 2 inch binder (which is already close to full)

I am currently multibooting on a Dell Inspiron Lappy Win XP Pro, Ultimate Edition 2.8 and Mandriva 2010.2. Once I figured out how to "Temporarily" fix the Grub2 issue in getting Mandriva to load when selected from my grub menu after kernel panic I was good to go. That is another issue I am trying to figure out but that will require more reading on my part.

The problem I am having is this. I formatted and partitioned a 250 GB external HDD. Using GParted on my Parted Magic Live CD (Awesome...If you do not have this I HIGHLY recommend getting you a copy)
here is the result of the partitions:

My plan was/is to install multiple distros on this external. My first install was Pinguy OS 10.10. The install went fine. I installed to sdb5 and had it install the bootloader to that same partition as well so not to screw up my Grub on the MBR.
I rebooted and went into my Ultimate Edition OS (which is hosting Grub) and went into terminal and typed the following:

sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
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Answer:Issue running linux distro from External HDD

c = cylinder
h = heads
s = sectors

thats all i can help you with,

i still use grub legacy and do it all through my mandriva,

my externals are 'seen' as fixed internals not usb devices, they are connected via sata cable

just a guess but maybe you need to edit fstab somewhere so the partition id stays fixed - but then again maybe not as that would mean booting into an o/s first:confused

hhhhmmmm, its a puzzler,

does your lappy allow permanent booting from the usb ?
you may need to use one of your F keys to tell it to boot from usb from the option screen

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I have an E3 which I've been running Linux Mint 17.2 - but that has a touchpad bug that randomly makes the cursor whizz all over the screen.Does anyone know of a distro that does not have this bug?

Answer:E3 112p Linux distro that doesn't have the touchpa...

Here:  Touchpad issuesIf the touchpad has ?gone away? again : Try the Fn-F7 is ?touchpad on/off? keySometimes the touchpad goes ?berzerk?, this can sometimes be cured (best method so far) by doingFn-F7 twice.* If anyone has any clues about how to fix this properly, then please leave a comment belowPotentially check out : * ( * ( the discussion below, it seems that the ?berzerk? thing may well not be Linux-related at all. There are quite a few complaints from Windows users too in the Acer forums, with many returning their laptops to Acer for a hardware fix. I didn?t notice this initially, since my web searches were always ?Linux Acer touchpad ??, which effectively filtered out the overarching hardware aspect.

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If there's a guide for this on TS, feel free to point it out, I didn't see one.

I'd like to download and learn to use Linux on my PC, not only to broaden my horizons, but also to help pimp out my resume. (The kinds of jobs I'm applying for are summer student things - nothing heavy. Point is, there's nothing I need to know, specifically.)

In another thread, I mentioned that I was thinking about getting Ubuntu, because I heard it was the "easy" one. Somebody in that thread, (it wasn't my own) said I should go with Gentoo instead, I guess because I'd be giving myself a better education in Open Source. So I was wondering what other people's recommendations are, and if you could outline the pros and cons of my options, that'd be great.

And the system I'm planning on using is my old PC. I don't know the specific system specs, but I had it custom made for me in 2004. Standard 520 megs of memory, P3 processor...anything else you need to know, just ask.

Thanks guys.

Answer:Generic Question: Recommend a Linux Distro

I suppose I should recommend Fedora, as I've used it and its predecessors since '97 or something (Red Hat Linux 5.0 was the first I tried).

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After months of testing the first stable release of Ubuntu-based Linux distro Deepin (previously known as ?Linux Deepin?) is now available for download.

Deepin 2014, based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, doesn?t use GNOME Shell, Unity or Cinnamon as its desktop environment but a custom shell written in HTML5 and Go. The result is a desktop that is responsive, relatively resource friendly (excusing the Compiz dependency) and highly distinctive.Click to expand...

The Deepin Desktop Environment 2.0 adds some notable new features including hot corner settings and the ability to uninstall software directly from the application launcher.

The Deepin Control Centre is another headline feature. It puts system settings into a new desktop panel accessible from the right-hand side of the screen and features improved modules for configuring display, network and theme management.Click to expand...

The OS is famed for more than forging its own direction. The 30+ strong team of developers also maintain a varied set of desktop applications. In Deepin 2014 these have all been updated to their latest and greatest versions.

Of particular note is the fantastic Software Centre, which puts Ubuntu?s own offering to shame, while the music and video player apps excel at being user friendly and the Games Centre makes finding free, fun programmes easier than Mario Kart SNES on 50cc.

Download and Install Deepin 2014
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Answer:Linux Distro ‘Deepin 2014′ Now Available for Download

looking awesome.

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Answer:Downloading a Linux Distro - Links and Guidance


Not a bad guide, but do you know whats missing on it as its aimed at new users to linux? screenshots, lack of screenshots imho makes a novice turn off as too much text.

I think that the one thing a new user to Linux should always try out is a Live Linux CD (plenty available) as it wont mess up your Windows install, and yo get to test Linux out to see if its for you, another way is to run Virtual PC be that Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 or SUN VirtualBox and fully install in a virtual enviroment the Linux OS, this way its not running the limitations of running off LiveCD and is just like installing it as your main OS.

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I have a Toshiba Laptop with Windows 7, specs are listed in my system specs, and would like to try tinkering and spending time learning new stuff. I want to be able to dual-boot and it would be nice if the OS is stable enough that it won't destroy my windows 7 to the point of having to reinstall everything.

P.s. - I have no experience with linux, but am ready to learn and spend some time on it.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Please recommend a good Linux distro for my laptop

Most people consider "Ubuntu" the most polished Linux distro;

That said, you won't destroy your Windows installation installing it either. This assumes that your HDD is much closer to empty, than it is to full, so there won't be any problem creating a small Linux partition. Ubuntu reads NTFS, all you files would be accessible with it.

Now, there are problems if you decide you no longer want Linux on the machine. "GRUB", the Linux boot loader, sets Linux as the default OS and Windows must be chosen at startup. Attempting to remove Linux trashes GRUB, and there must be repairs made to the Windows install, or it no bootie.

I haven't dealt with LInux in a while, the novelty kinda wore off for me.

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Arch Linux


- Arch linux has an aur for the latest packages but it is bleeding edge so there are bugs
- Arch can be customized to anything you want because you start at bare metal
- Arch has the latest kernel for linux or you can compile any from the aur

- No ui out of the box
- not used for beginners
- not supported. people have to rely on the wiki and irc.
Arch Linux

- UI to install
-automatic installer
-wide based user base
- Ubuntu is based on debian so most ubuntu programs would work backwards compatibility

- No drivers or anything pre installed
- no prosperity software and needs to be compiled as the aur has all the latest softwares with 'yaourt installer'
- flash acts up sometimes
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I'm curious to take the Linux plunge to see how nix works and performs as a fileserver in a multi-user environment. I done a small bit of Googling, and so far RedHat and SuSe server editions appear to be relatively user-friendly. What distro do you guys recommend that strikes a good balance between ease of use and performance? Or do all nix distros perform similarly? How do the server distros differ from the standard releases - do they utilize different kernels or is it more just configuration?

Also, I've been trying to get up to speed about Samba. Do these distros include Samba, or is that an additional step?

Any good links related to this would be appreciated if you have them bookmarked; as you can imagine Google returns a myriad of results regarding Linux, and that's a lot to sift through.

Answer:Recommend a Server Distro to a Linux Noob

RedHat Enterprise is not Free first of all.

As for a distro basically any distro can be a server OS if you know what your doing. Most of them also have a packaged samba install.

Personally for a server I would stay away from the Mandrake,RedHat crowd due to the fact that your going to get more than you need.

You shouldnt need a GUI on your server box nor half the other crap.

One distro suposidly built for a server os and hardened to handle its job is Trustix Security Linux. Never used it myself though.

Really theres not much between distros. If you know one you know 99% of another.

Try &

All have good info

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So, my parents computer is getting absolutely terrible and runs much slower than it has a right to. I've reformatted it on at least one occasion and that didn't seem to help. Since they only use it for internet and very occasional word processing they keep using that to justify not buying a new one (even if I build them a really cheap one for about 400). I think they are about ready to bite the bullet and let me build them a new one but I figure I would try to install Linux before I give up and build something. Literally 90% of the computer usage is just internet and sometimes they edit word documents so that is really all the linux distro would have to do. The pc is an old 2 GHz P4 with 512 mb of RAM with an 18gb hard drive so I was just wondering if anyone could recommend something. I'll just be setting everything up and then leaving it so it shouldn't require any maintenance. They have almost no technical knowledge but I wouldn't be worried about them not knowing how to use Linux because they don't know how to use Windows.


Answer:Recommend a Lightweight Linux distro for Parents

Give a try

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Hi, I want to get linux on my t470p . I tried doing a fresh install of 18.1 mint to my secondary internal drive (no dual boot) with secure mode off, I ran the driver update and after that things got crazy with errors etc. I have seen this article from unbuntu saying it is supported but only with a special OEM distro But the link only shows compatibility with a i5 model. Does anyone have any information about this.Specsi7-7700hq1440p256 PM961128 LiteOn CV3-SD

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need to bring up an obsolete box. It was running XP, and all it needs to do is run a .WMV video automatically on startup (looping/ full screen)

It is an old decrepit P3, with 256MB RAM. The original XP install died with the old HDD. I have a replacement HDD, and the WMV file. <Note the system will only boot to CD or HDD (and probably FDD, but I swore off those years ago). Refuses to boot to USB or DVD>

I do not want to do a new XP install, just because it took way to long to start up. I DL'd an iso for mythbuntu and puppy, but I can't seem to get the autostart of the video loop on power on. (the things I found in the googleverse have not helped)

In "Magic Perfect Happy Land", I could download an iso with a small footprint OS, that was just enough to run this video loop. Note that I am not normally a Linux user- I am primarily a Windows kind of guy.

Answer:Light Linux distro for Video on Obsolete Hardware?

Look into an openbox based distro. Crunchbang is a popular choice in that respect. Manjaro openbox also looks pretty good. Get a 32-bit version regardless of the distro you choose. 32-bit distros use less memory.

After that, all you have to do is add a command to the openbox file to run whatever movie player that is available. This is easier than it sounds. The following line would launch a video full-screen in mplayer in repeat mode for example:

mplayer -fs -loop 0 /home/username/video/videofilehere.mp4

The file you need to edit is located in your home directory after you install, which you can open with any text editor. The file may also be available from the start menu as well, but that depends on the distro. Regardless, the file is located here:


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Hey there Fellow TechSpotters

After reading this site: and this one: and also: ...coupled with the frustrating behaviour of my "win machines" I've decided that there has to be a better way.

I've watched "Revolution OS" and Linux seems to be closer to the ethos that I feel computing should embody than the software I'm running at the moment. I'm feeling confident enough that I won't need a dual boot and instead I'll just run Linux on a dedicated machine.

The machine in question is an Omnibook 6000 with the following specs...

P III 600Mhz
128 MB Ram
ATI Mobility M1
ESS Maestro
Removable CD-ROM and 1.44 3.5" FDD units

Plus a wi-fi card (Netgear WG511 Mk2) - would I be able to get this working under Linux so that I could surf whilst away from home? The Omnibook will
used for playing the odd game, watching films, surfing and word processing.

Before posting, I did a google search on the forum for similar threads but there wasn't much and sites that cover Linux & laptops are a little vague. Which distro would you reccomend for a machine of this specification and my needs? I look forward to all your suggestions and advice on this as I'm just itching to get going and I'm quite excited about "A world without windows"

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Answer:Ready to ditch Win for Linux, but which distro should I choose for my laptop?

What type of games are you playing?
There is an unfortunate lack of support for a lot of games under Linux. There are people working on it, but it takes time..

Your wi-fi card looks to be supported, though you may need to do some work if you've got the one made in china.

Since you're new to linux, maybe Ubuntu (or Kubuntu, which uses KDE as window manager (Linus Torvalds choice window manager)) would be best suited for you...

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friends I'm doing some work on a iMAC 20" emc-2133 model core-duo sys.
right now I have a blank hard drive - just dropped that in, and I have a snow leopard dvd but don't want to go there as ultimately I want to install Lion afresh. for now, is there a Linux distro that I can run on this animal from the optical drive?
only thing I've run on it so far is MEMTEST :-D
haha - it works great


Answer:Linux Distro that will boot iMac core duo emc-2133

Linux questions here

Apple questions here

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I am looking for linux distro for web browsing booting from compact flash.

Just a simple browsing machine that has mozzila/firebird for a simpley browsing terminal.

Anyone have a preference or have done this before?

Answer:linux distro for web browsing booting from compact flash

i found this

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Not sure why posts asking about installing an OS other than Windows 10 on this device seem to vanish but here goes my attempt for a Linux Specific question. I am unwilling to run Windows 10 because an OS that without any advance notice will uninstall your privately owned and paid for software from other companies during updates potentially costing licensing fees to acquire a replacement license or even damaging system viability if one of those packages is a required driver is unacceptable to me. Due to the aforementioned issues with Windows 10 I am looking to Linux as an alternative for this device. Are there any known Linux Distributions that will fully support the hardware?Does anyone have experience installing Linux and configuring it on this device?What Linux Distribution is most recommended for this device?What additional drivers or software are recommended on Linux to be able to use the hardware to the fullest? Thanks.  

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