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 Post subject: New Fish Here
PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:21 pm 
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Howdy folks, glad to be here, I am relatively new to Linux and definitely new to the FSF, GNU/Linux, and the free software movement in general. I have a lot of questions...

I've been using Linux for less than a year and have tried a hundred different distros. I am learning. To date, my favorite Linux distro is Puppy Linux LxPup-Precise-Retro 14.02. I am in love with the minimalist distros and Puppy does it all for me. I am a writer, and most of what I do is text and pictures on my old 32-bit laptop machines (a Dell Latitude D531 w/ AMD Athlon X2 and a Toshiba Tecra w/ Intel Centrino Duo). So, basically, all I need is Libre Office, Geany, and Leafpad. I don't know which word processing programs are on BLAG, but I notice in the description that it has some kind of "office" program or another. I am sure it will work just fine.

I have been reading a ton on the free software movement these days and want to give the GNU/Linux distros a run on my old junk. I don't know what is the best distro for my needs, since I have zero experience with them. From what I have been able to gather, BLAG looks like it will work fine for me, but will it run on my old machines? If so, I'd like to get a CD and a bootable USB stick loaded with the BLAG distro that will work for me. I would do it myself, but one of my machines has no CD burner and the other's CD burner is burned out. I will be more than happy to pay for them.

For anyone who may know the answer to this question, I have noticed there are several distros on the GNU/Linux Web site. Of the eight of them listed, which do you think will work best for me on my older machines and for word processing? Anyone?

Meantime, glad to be here! Looking forward to going FREE! Thank you!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:18 am 
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Hi Blackfish & welcome

Nice to get some new people interested in Free-Libre Software & BLAG ;-)
The best is to hang out on the iRC if you haven't yet done that.

I have a Dell Latitude D610 32bit with Blag Alpha 200000 LXDE
http://forums.blagblagblag.org/viewtopic.php?t=5679
very reactive & lightweight.
you can install the whole Libre-Office suit if you wish from the Yumex graphical packet manager & much more.

I recommend LXDE,XFCE & Mate as the most lightweight.
BLAG latest ALPHA 200000 isos;
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=08668


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:19 pm 
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Leafpad is by default along with Abiword.Geany can be installed via Yumex along with the Libre-Office suite +pdf viewers.There's a lot of choice of Software one can install.
Installing from USB you can use Unetbootin:
(Available in Windows & most GNU/Linux Package Managers )
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UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for a variety of
Linux distributions from Windows or Linux, without requiring you to burn a CD.
You can either let it download one of the many distributions supported
out-of-the-box for you, or supply your own Linux .iso file if you've already
downloaded one or your preferred distribution isn't on the list.

http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
Concerning which other Distro would run best on old machines.Most GNU/Linux Libre distributions do that very well the easiest to install are:gNewSense & Trisquel Debian based,Dynebolic & Musix are more specialized
in Music & Video.Parabola,Dragora are more complicated to install(Disk partitionning).
Check out the minimal requirements as exemple i have 1000MB of RAM on the Dell Latitude |D610 32bit.
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gNewSense 3.1 with GNOME desktop for i386
Minimum system requirements:
Processor: 1GHz
Memory: 512MB
Hard drive: 5GB

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:06 pm 
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Wow. Thanks for all the info. I will look into it and find one that works for me.


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