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Link to this post 04 Feb 11

Hello everybody! I have a few questions regarding linux in general. I'm not very good at using the software, considering I was brought up on windows. I'm wondering if there are any articles as to what I need to know. I have ubuntu running on my old pentium 3 computer but I want something that's faster. What would you suggest? And I'm not sure why but I cant get any of the programs I download for linux to work and I have no clue what the Ubuntu comparison is to a Windows .exe file..... Those are just a few of the things I'm dealing with and I'd greatly appreciate any help you could give me. If there are articles on what I need to know on any linux desktop distribution, I'd also take those. Thank you and I hope to hear from ya!

Link to this post 04 Feb 11

Ubuntu will be pretty slow on an old pentium 3 because it actually does have a decent hardware requirement so I would recommend Xubuntu. Its Ubuntu with a lightweight desktop enviroment so its good for beginners on older hardware. As for the equivalent of .exes that would be .deb which you can just double click on in Ubuntu to install. A lot of good software can be found through the use of the ubuntu software center. For articles for beginners the new user guides will always help out. So if there are any specific problems you have just let us know. In case you don't mind for a bit of a learning curve (not having everything done for you) there are several other lightweight distros that will work fine.

Link to this post 05 Feb 11

LXDE should perform fine on the machine you've, take a look at it

Link to this post 06 Feb 11

I heard about an ultra light distro based on minimal Ubuntu with the Enlightenment desktop! It's called "Bodhi Linux." I have not tried it out because this old 'puter doesn't want to boot from a LiveCD (I have to network boot, and that's hard when you only have one 'puter, lol). The Enlightenment desktop has some wicked cool features like an animated desktop! You can have falling snowflakes or moving water and stuff as your wallpaper. Yet it's prob'ly about as lightweight as LXDE (also an excellent recommendation for modest hardware, but too "Win 98-ish" for me). It's built on a minimal Ubuntu 10.04 base (long term support!) so it has all the way-kewl tools you're used to. If you try it out (or any of the others suggested), please post here and tell us how it went!

Link to this post 07 Feb 11

There are many new distros actively supporting older hardware. My main distros for older hardware, AntiX, Slitaz and Puppy. That's where I always start.

Link to this post 19 Feb 11

Thanks guys for all the help. I am gonna try Xubuntu and Bohdi because the Ubuntu setup is what I'm most familar with. Robin, do you know enough about Bohdi to know whether or not it has an option to set up a partition? Due to my crappy download threshold (225 Mb) that I have now (which is about to go out in the next month for unlimited downloading), it will take awhile. But I will post my success in this forum and hopefully any other forums I find that match mine.

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