February 27th, 2008
Linux on old pc

Do you have an out dated : old pc lying around ? Where you could still use it and make it run lots of applications even though nowadys you would require a high-tech pc to install the latest software or games.

The solution is to resurrect your pc by installing linux. Yes linux has some great software alternatives to windows and you could alaways get free software for linux and still use it for movies and music, games also.

A table of software alternatives (corespondents from windows to linux):

Free Software for Linux (replacements of Windows equivalents)

Several Linux distributions will run fine on a resource-constrained PC. Slackware is a popular option. The flavor I recommend for this project is Knoppix. (See the system requirements sidebar.)

Knoppix has several features that make it ideal for an introduction to Linux. From its website:

Knoppix is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices, and other peripherals. Knoppix can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2GB of executable software installed on it.

Knoppix System Requirements

* Intel-compatible CPU (i486 or later)
* 20MB of RAM for text mode, 96MB for graphics mode with KDE
* 128MB of RAM to use the various office products
* Bootable CD-ROM drive, or a boot floppy with a standard CD-ROM (IDE/ATAPI or SCSI)
* SVGA-compatible graphics card

In other words, you can try the operating system risk-free. If you decide you like it, you can then install it to your hard drive. I’ll explain how later in the article.

Knoppix is a Debian-based distribution of Linux. Some of the relevant software on the Knoppix CD includes:

* X Multimedia System: A music player modeled on Winamp. It can also play video files via third-party plugins
* K3b: For CD and DVD burning
* xine: A video/DVD player
* KsCD: A CD player
* The KDE desktop manager
* Internet connection software
* Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), an open source Photoshop-style app
* Utilities for data recovery and system repairs, even for other operating systems
* OpenOffice: A multi-platform office suite that includes word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing programs

Download just one: the ISO file in your language. For instance, if your primary language is English, download:


For linux installation check back later posts on Multimedia Blog.

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