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> Installed Ubuntu On Desktop, Slow As Molasses In January, Pentium III, 600 MHZ, 512 MB RAM
post Oct 30 2007, 10:36 PM
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This desktop has these specs: Pentium III, 600 MHZ, 512 MB RAM, 20GB HDD, onboard video (sis chip)
Windows 98SE is pretty fast on this computer, so I installed ubuntu 5.10 onto it and the entire install took about 4 hours (huh?)
I've installed a fresh copy of windows on this machine in about an hour in the past.
Ubuntu installed a dualboot scheme, I don't remember the name now, it wasn't lilo. (OK, now I remember, it was Grub).
I had to search the ubuntu forums to get my serial mouse working, (the PS/2 port is bad).
When I finally got to the desktop with a working mouse, it was as slow as molasses.
It took 10 seconds just to open a help window and a file browser window took about as long.
(And I thought some Zaurus apps were slow).
Last year I was going to try Debian, but got lost in the confusing amount of CD-ROMs required to be downloaded and gave that up.
I'm thinking of installing damn small linux on that box, but I thought I would ask here:
What is a good starting linux distro for a beginner that will install on an older PC?
Do all linux distros support cross compiling for the Zaurus? (I would rather muck about on an old desktop, than mess up my Z).

I have since removed it, deleted the extra partitions it set up, and fixed the master boot record, using win XP recovery disc.
It was so slow that it was un usable.
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post Oct 31 2007, 04:15 PM
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Another vote for Xubuntu. I still absolutely insist on Debian-stable for servers but for desktops/workstations I'm sold on Ubuntu/Xubuntu. I have Xubuntu on a 2GHz P4M (clocked at 1.2GHz for heat reasons :/) with 512MB RAM. I recently tried Debian again on a spare partition, but I had forgotten how much stuff Xubuntu had configured automagically on this laptop (for example, the multimedia keys, the power saving, the wireless, X11).
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post Oct 31 2007, 07:20 PM
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Rant warning!
[xubuntu is a good otio/ agreed.

I have developed a gripe with ubuntu, though- I like stable systems, so I installed dapper (6.06) a while ago. I've been happy with it,but it looks like there is not going to be any sort of smooth apt based upgrade to the next stable version. The updates, especially the handling of binary modules/ has been really nice, but if there isn't going to be a stable to stable upgrade path dapper might well be my last ubuntu install-- having to redo a system for a dist-upgrade is a bit much imho.
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