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AliXe 0.11b -- Linux Bilingue Québecois
Thursday, January 03 2008 @ 11:34 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
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Linux Over the past year or two I’ve been drifting away from Fedora, Ubuntu, and Mandriva towards distros derived from Slackware for desktop use. The reason is simple: these distributions tend to have the best performance I’ve found, particularly on older or limited hardware. Slackware itself lacks some graphical tools and user friendly features that more popular distros have but is outstanding in terms of stability and reliability. A number of Slackware derived distros retain those benefits while offering the ease of use many of us have come to expect. AliXe is such a distro, albeit one designed to be small and compact, making it particularly suitable for older hardware. True to it’s Canadian heritage, AliXe also offers full support for both French and English despite it’s small size.

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Authored by: pogson on Friday, January 18 2008 @ 10:11 PM CST
For older equipment, it may take 2 hours to do a full installation of GNU/Linux. I recommend base install + x-window-system + gdm That permits the machine to be an X-terminal for a new GNU/Linux machine. Configure gdm on the new machine to permit XDMCP and configure gdm on the older machine to -query the new machine or even script X -query newmachine Then you have a login on the new machine and apps run with more speed, ram and storage. This gives modern performance even on the old equipment. This is useful even in a family going from one machine to two and costs only a few hundred dollars these days. Even with two older machines, if one is of a recent generation, you are better off adding a bit of RAM to the newer machine than trying to run a modern distro on the older one, often. The old machine needs only 64 MB and the new one perhaps 256 MB + 50 MB per simultaneous user. It is quite an efficient system. There are even ways of booting from the hard drive of the newer machine if the old machine is from 1999 or later and has a NIC on the motherboard or a PXE booting ROM in a card. There are distros for PXE boot servers like EdUbuntu, K12LTSP and SkoleLinux.

"Complexity kills." - Ray Ozzie, Microsoft 2005

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