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By TomSal ·
Hi. I've stumbled across some old computers at work. They are in perfect working order, their only offense being they are old and slow (AMD K6 550 MHZ/128 MB RAM). I want to experiment with Linux applications, I do not have the luxury of a lot of time to invest in getting Linux up and running and actually working.

What is the most "painless" distro to use for a NON-Linux guru?

(PS. My first experiment includes attaching Linux to my Windows network for file serving duties, just so you knowthat I plan on networking it. Also this is just a test phase, therefore I have little to no budget for this. So if not a free solution, I'm looking for the closest you can get to free. )

Thanks.

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by ampl In reply to Linux Server - Need Advic ...

If you are looking for:

Desktop : use Mandrake or SuSE, Lycoris may also be an option as it looks like XP

Server : Redhat is probably the best choice, and one of the most supported.

If you are new, stay away from Slackware, Beehive, Debian and the *BSDs (ie FreeBSD, OpenBSD).

If you can't download or afford to purchase most copies in a store, let me know and I can direct you to some cheap distributors (like $3~4/cd)

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by mrcyphir In reply to Linux Server - Need Advic ...

Hmm, heh, none of my computers run faster then a 475, so you lucky =p. But the easiest version of linux that I've seen is SuSE, right now, I'm trying to run Mandrake but it's not working, but that's because I'm not doing things the simple way. Like the others say Mandrake is probably one of the most user friendly, along with Red Hat.

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Linux Red Hat is the one that I would suggest, but the problem with giving a good answer is that I do not know the size of the hard drive of the system you plan on using. Linux Red Hat can use around 3 to 5 gigs of hard drive space deppending on what options you install. update your question with as much info about the system as you can and the answer can be better suited for you.

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