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requirements for Linux

By webbasemail ·
I'm not Linux savy at all. I've been using Windows at my house and UNIX terminals at work (US NAVY). I would like to convert my old computer into a Linux machine. It's an original Gateway 933Mhz with a video card and Linksys 10/100 NIC and currently running Win XP OEM. I will be building another computer and then I'll have a computer w/o a HD.

I'm interested in having a Linux machine at the house so I can play with the OS and maybe eventually make it a file/web/print server for the house network that's connected to a Linksys BEFSR41 router. Any suggestions? contact me via e-mail with Linux in the subject.

Tom Zacher

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by LMon In reply to requirements for Linux

You can run linux on almost anything the only suggestion that I would give is to at least have 256k for mem.

Go here and the selec distributions and check the different types of distro's they have that way you can pick the one that suits your needs

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by Nico Baggus In reply to requirements for Linux

You could do an install from a distro like
knoppix from a live cd. has a fairly complete
installation if you want to experiment but have
something very usefull to begin with.
(file server, firewall, webbased management)

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by stress junkie In reply to requirements for Linux

Many excellent distributions are available. My preference is for SuSE. You can download an ISO 9660 bootable image from their web site to a Windows computer, then use Nero to create a bootable CD-ROM. SuSe has a lot of excellent support tools for system administration.

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by NTOz In reply to requirements for Linux

Why dont you just download a bootable disk version of linux, then you can play with it but not have to format the drive or anything, runs all from CD. Then if you like it, take the next steps.

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by dave In reply to requirements for Linux

I've been using Linux as a server for many years now, and I love it because it will run on just about anything. For instance, four years ago, I was running RedHat 7.2 on a Pentium 266 with 256MB of RAM and a 10GB drive. It ran web services for 4 domains, and email services for 6, and did it quite well for a machine of its age.

Presently, I operate a network of nothing but Linux Servers. I have seven Linux servers running everything from RedHat 9.0 to SuSE 9.1, and handling every service that we have a need for, including acting as a Windows Domain Controller.

SuSE also has a LiveEval that runs entirely off of the CD, for free. You can also run an installation across the Internet via FTP, instead of downloading and burning cds.

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by drdmc In reply to requirements for Linux

I would suggest that you try Mepis Linux. It is a live cd that comes with a lot of useful and up to date programs.

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