recommend to me a distro

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  1. I have a spare pii 266 with 64mb of RAM, 6.4gb drive. I'm looking to set it up as a linux sandbox. anyone recommend to me a distro that's not overly anti-user-friendly, but is still lightweight enough to run on this box?
     
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  3. I want something a little rougher than RedHat, I've done numerous RedHat installs, I want something new and different to cut my teeth on.
     
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    i haven't tried so i don't know how hard/easy it is but have you tried FreeBSD
     
  5. haven't tried FreeBSD, no, but that is something I've been interested in as eventually I'd like to replace my Linksys with a FreeBSD box.

    also I'll probably be upping this box to 128 or 192 depending on the current RAM configuration.

    I'm thinking maybe gentoo for now ... but freebsd is a good thought.
     
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    Suse, Debian, Slackware.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I like SuSE. It's not so user friendly that it becomes MSesque (like Mandrake has become IMO), but it guides you through things pretty well.
     
  8. SuSE was something else I'd had thoughts of.
     
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    SuSE is a pretty damn good desktop distro. I do like RedHat (Fedora) though.
     
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    With that hardware I'd recommend debian unless you want to spend a month compiling gentoo.
     
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    SuSE isn't lightweight, sorry. I'll advocate it over RedHat anyday, but hardware requirements need to be taken into account.
     
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    So many people like Gentoo, can anyone tell me why? My only real experience with *nix is with RH (normal and enterprise versions) and Solaris. Is Gentoo more of a hobbyist distro?
     
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    It could be if you didn't install the GUI stuff, but overall I would agree with you, it's not as lightweight as it could be. For lightweight maybe look at Debian.
     

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