Need help selecting distro for some laptops

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  1. Ipseity

    Ipseity New Member

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    Hi, I'm new to Linux, I have been using Ubuntu Studio Precise Pangolin in a virtual machine in my new laptop for some time, but I would like to install a better distro in my older computers, as I'm quite illiterate when it comes to computers
    although I have tried to learn more in the past by studying informatic all that was taught in my school was to use piracy and not free programs like Corel Draw and DreamWeaver, so I drop and did not learn anything practical...I want a distro that can run smooth not necessary in some not so old computes: a Dell Inspiron 1100 and Compaq Presario 2200
    Right now I don't have money to buy more ram for them so I really need some tiny but powerfull enough distro, I will use it for digital drawing, photomanipulation in Gimp and Inkscape and if it's possible to some video and audio edition. Also I would like some distro to clean or at least guide me to clean my computers of posible virus that they may have since they were shared with other people though I would preffer a separate distro for that maybe a CD bootable one. I would also like some security guide as is pretty posible that in a soon future I will be doing some comission artwork and will need to use a debit card and a paypal account. I have read about Puppy, Crunchbang, Bodhi, Knoppix, Slitaz and Tiny core, but I really don't know which is better for my needs especially as I have work almost all my life with Windows. I apologies if I didn't make this thread clear or maybe too long english is not my first language and is hard for me to put my ideas into words. I will leave my computers specifications down if is there something else you need to know to help me choose please tell me. In advance thank you for your help.

    Computers

    Dell Inspiron 1100
    OS: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp.080413-2111)
    BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A32
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.60GHz
    376MB RAM
    Page File: 296MB used, 1544MB available
    74.5GB C Drive Hard Drive

    Compaq Presario 2200 English
    OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600)
    BIOS: Phoenix NoteBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0
    Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor 1300MHz
    222MB RAM
    Page file: 55MB, 484MB available
    37.2GB C Drive Hard Drive

  2. anudhillon

    anudhillon New Member

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    hey

    i have issues installing omniorb on ubuntu ..
    while configuring i encounter following issues ...please ca anyone help me out ..

    checking how to run the C++ preprocessor... /lib/cpp
    configure: error: in `/home/anu/Desktop/omniORB-4.1.6':
    configure: error: C++ preprocessor "/lib/cpp" fails sanity check
    See `config.log' for more details.
  3. mhaushei

    mhaushei New Member

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    Hy Ipseity,
    I am so ashamed nobody answered your question for such a long time.
    I can just tell you my experience with Linux:
    Suse
    interesting for discovering, but too many oriented GUI.
    OpenSuse
    appears good but suspition of BigBrother piracy.
    Debian
    difficult at begin but the best
    Ubuntu
    user friendly but pirated via web browser and hardware reseller
    hotline
    Grml
    interesting on liveCD for software maintenance (need line command
    abilities)
    Gentoo
    interesting for learning how to compile from source a kernel but
    needs very recent hardware for compiling all packages from source
    Sabayon
    derived from Gentoo for GUI tested on live DVD, but problems of
    updates
    Bodhi
    derivated from Ubuntu, very good GUI presentation, tested on live CD, did not installed
    on hard drive
    Arch
    very good work, need deep computer science knowledge
    Fedora
    tried an install on disk, maybe it is my fault but disk destruction
    AntiX
    very good Greek effort to create a Linux distro, but failed to burn a CD

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