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XRoader

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Hi,

I'm looking to install Mandrake 10.0 or Suse9.1 to increase my Linux experience but I don't want to install it on this computer because I don't want to mess around with partitions yet I will just install it on a bad computer which I intend to buy from E-Bay with like 300MHz, 2GB HD, 32MB RAM. Would these specifications be sufficient for Linux?

Thanks in Advance
XRoader
 

ObnoxiousFrog

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You might need a little more ram to run X, It should be fine if you run blackbox or fluxbox though. In my opinion blackbox uses less resources. It would also be better if you choose a less bloated distribution.... ::hinthintDebianhinthint::
 

Busty St. Clair

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the new versions of linux are getting fat. they take up precious cpu speed and oodles of ram so you might want to consider a slightly faster computer or just buy another harddrive to fool around with.
 
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XRoader

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ObnoxiousFrog said:
You might need a little more ram to run X, It should be fine if you run blackbox or fluxbox though. In my opinion blackbox uses less resources. It would also be better if you choose a less bloated distribution.... ::hinthintDebianhinthint::

Hmm never heard of black or fluxbox but I've not been reading about Linux so I don't expect I would have. I heard Debian is one of the more difficult distro's to install so...

Busty St. Clair said:
the new versions of linux are getting fat. they take up precious cpu speed and oodles of ram so you might want to consider a slightly faster computer or just buy another harddrive to fool around with.

Hmm, I like the idea of getting another hard drive, though I'd have to use it on my other computer which has room for another HD, I just need a new mobo to get it working, it runs Win98 ATM and I love that...
 

{PMS}fishy

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Why not install it on your main computer and force yourself to use it.

If you have windows around, Im willing to bet that you go back to it to do some things, but when all you are running is linux, you need to figure out how to do it in linux.

If you really want something new, Id look at 700mhz w/256mb of RAM and an Nvidia card along the lines of a gf2, and a 10gb HDD.
 

Busty St. Clair

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many people would do that but most peoples main rigs are used for gaming and there is a lack of games that support linux. the only game that comes to mind is cs and the unreal tournament games.
 

ObnoxiousFrog

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Busty St. Clair said:
many people would do that but most peoples main rigs are used for gaming and there is a lack of games that support linux. the only game that comes to mind is cs and the unreal tournament games.

Medal of honor, Quake 1-3, UT, neverwinter nights, cube. Check sourceforge, there are many great games made specifically for linux, a few were ported to windows. There is absolutely no reason to use windows as a gaming system anymore except that it is quick and easy(quick not meaning performance). Also I'm pretty sure that wine has gotten much better in the past few years, so if you can't find a working linux client for your game then you can just use wine.
 

{PMS}fishy

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Busty St. Clair said:
many people would do that but most peoples main rigs are used for gaming and there is a lack of games that support linux. the only game that comes to mind is cs and the unreal tournament games.

CS is not nativte, it needs to be played though Winex, and may other games can be played that way to. Gaming should not be the #1 priority for someone who wants to learn/use linux anways.
 
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XRoader

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Ya, well I don't play those type of games, anyone heard of Runescape? It's a Java based game that doesn't require anything (well anything much) in terms of GFX.

I had to buy a new Mobo because the one in my old PC broke :p so when I fix that I'll make backups of everything I need on it then uninstall Win98 and install Mandrake, do you think Runescape in compatable with Linux?

Thanks in Advance
TomX