Operating System Choices....
Posted 23 July 2007 - 09:39 PM
I have done some research on Linux and was considering Fedora core 7 as a replacement to Win XP Media Center. What I am curious about is what might be a good linux os to install on these two used computers. No fancy grapics are needed, just basic gui would be nice...
Also to keep in mind...would installing server software be reasonable? I am interested in networking my external hard drive. Gaining access outside of home would be awesome....Thanks....
Posted 13 August 2007 - 11:33 AM
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Posted 19 September 2007 - 08:39 PM
Posted 26 September 2007 - 02:40 PM
Posted 09 April 2008 - 05:55 AM
That being said - Distrowatch is a great place to check stuff out (see above reply for the link) for more specialty distros for specific needs such as a media center type distro.
Slackware and DamnSmallLinux are superb for the older machine as both were made to run with minimum resources.
Hope that helps.
Posted 20 May 2008 - 09:31 AM
Might have to look at Distrowatch, ive heard of it before, but haven't really looked into it too much.
Posted 24 June 2008 - 12:42 PM
If Xubuntu is still too slow on the machine, you could try using fluxbox or the like as a window manager, which has even less overhead. I recommend just downloading some LiveCD's of various ones, and playing around to see which one you like the best. Keep in mind that when running from the LiveCD, you will be going MUCH slower than when it's actually installed on the system.
regarding being used as an actual media center, I have a Dell 12.1" XPS laptop that I dual-boot Vista and Ubuntu (gutsy, currently). It was actually much easier on the linux side to configure the VGA output as a second screen, to connect the laptop to my HDTV (it's got a PC input) than it was in Vista. I had things running nicely on XP previously, where all you had to do was make sure you had your video overlay set up right, but Vista took that option outta there. Ubuntu Gutsy worked out of the box playing almost every type of video file that I've collected over the years, too.
Edited by SgtRauksauff, 24 June 2008 - 12:47 PM.
Posted 26 June 2008 - 01:32 PM
Just yet another thought! Why not get a free CD, yes completely free, copy of OpenSalaris. You did not state the presences of CD drives, but I risked it. I do not remember the URL, but a search engine will find it. You can download it, but there is a link to get the CD.
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