caprus wrote:I'm betting that you're going to be much happier with your "memory limited" performance once you get off the live CD and on to a Hard Drive. Remember that the read access times on a CD drive are much, much slower than the HDD will be. You may or may not be limited by 512MB of RAM, but it's way too early to tell until you're working from a hard drive.
I'm another old hardware guy myself *, so I can identify with your efforts. I checked out Red Hat many years ago, and didn't stay with it. SUSE 9.3 got a look briefly, then I tried SUSE 10.3 and almost made the switch from MS then. Finally I loaded OpenSUSE 11.0 and found that there were finally enough apps, etc readily available to do what I need to. I set up our PCs to dual boot, but I can't remember the last time we actually booted into Windows. If I ever find the time Windows will come off, and we'll have a heck of a lot more disk space to work with. The only time we ever use Windows is a single copy of XP running on a Linux PC in VirtualBox, running one specialized app, on one single PC. Now I'm transitioning some of the PCs here to Mint, and find that some users prefer that distro.
* on so many levels: I worked on computer hardware my whole career - much of our hardware here is old - and, last but not least, now I'm old too.
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