The 350 MHz XFCE Linux Desktop Search

Posted by devnet on Jan 11, 2006 4:46 PM EDT
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I've had troubles as of late in my household. I had a motherboard go bad that was powering my Media Center PC. This PC is the center of the entire family entertainment with 30 GB of music, 50 GB of movies, and the ability to watch live TV. That immediately ceased when the BIOS chip failed on the mobo. I had to send in for a replacement. In the meantime, I've had to shift all of my computers around to compromise for this loss. This means that I lost my normal Linux (PCLinuxOS .92) computer (an old Celeron 900 Emachines). I now have the old PII 350 MHz. While I know it likes Slackware and Vector Linux the most...I have to try other distros out on it just to see what happens. After all, even Windows XP can install and run on this I'd like to see how some of the better Linux desktops will run on it. To give a quick rundown, here are the specs:

  • ATI Rage Pro Video Card
  • 512MB PC133 Crucial
  • PII MMX 350 MHz
  • Samsung 32X CDROM
  • Western Digital 20 GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive
  • Linksys 10/100 Network Card
  • Sound Blaster 16

Even if my hand is forced in this round with the inclusion of such an old desktop system, I don't mind. Let's see how some of the big distros work using this PII 350 MHz shall we? I'm going to attempt to get a good desktop based distro running with an XFCE desktop. If a distro ships with Gnome, I can handle that as well...KDE won't do though since it will run very slow on this PC.

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