Linux for old iMac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Mac Player, Aug 21, 2006.

  1. Mac Player macrumors regular

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    Hi everyone,

    I have an iMac rev D 333 with 160 MB RAM and i want to to give a new life to this computer. To do that im planing to install a linux distro just to surf the web and use openoffice. Recomendations?
     
  2. clevin macrumors G3

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  3. Queso macrumors G4

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    Seconded. That's a great distro for an old machine.
     
  4. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

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    What's wrong with just running OS 9 or OS X?? LInux is so user unfriendly and unstable on less powerful hardware.
     
  5. clevin macrumors G3

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    his machine is way too Slow for OS X, and there just aren't up-to-date softwares for OS 9.
     
  6. godbout macrumors regular

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    Where have you gotten this idea from? Linux is an extremely stable OS (depending on your distro, both on old hardware and new). Xubuntu is a great choice xfce is a nice WM that is both light weight and themeable. Also, the ubuntu crowd has a really quick update cycle (~6 months) and they typically find a nice balance between the edge and stability (that is sever class stability). I think that this is a far better choice than a bloated OS X install and you will have the ability to download top notch software for free. I would not even consider puting OS9 on it!
     
  7. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

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    I've never used Xubuntu, but i've used SUSE 10.1 on a 1.8 ghz Pentium 4 with 1 Gig of RAM and it crashed ALL the time and it was sluggish and very difficult to use. It actually made me miss windows.
     
  8. clevin macrumors G3

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    SUSE focuses more on the stability than speed, Xubuntu is faster, and its using XFCE which is lighter, faster than KDE/Gnome.
    I didn't encounter much problem with SUSE 10.0 when I used it for several months.
     
  9. steelfist macrumors 6502a

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    i'm suprised that nobody mentioned fedora core, there's a version for ppc too.
     
  10. clevin macrumors G3

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    coz FC is slow compare to Xubuntu, FC is using Gnome.
     

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