As the title states, I’m in need of a little advice.
I’m currently running off my backup system, and it doesnt have much in the way of power. I need an especially-low-resource usage distro. As-is, I have Fedora 11 running on it. Operation seems smooth, but I’m not exactly sure how well it’ll handle me trying to run JK3:JA.
The machine itself has an old Pentium Dualcore in it, rated at 2.2GHz, 800MHz FSB, and a REALLY old GeForce 7400LE (not sure on the cards details). RAM is 2x 1GB DDR2 dualchannel, 533 MHz.
I’ve been away for a while, huh? Been busy (almost obsessive) trying to learn more in the way of C++. Not to mention moving, which took a good 4 months of my time. (I’m quite lazy)
my thoughts are that those are fairly respectable specs by linux standards. i doubt youll notice much difference between distributions. the desktop environment could make a diff, but thats usually not tied to the dist.
specialist especially-low-resource usage distro implies, you know, itx, running from a pendrive, 500mhz pc the size of a cornflake box, and i dont think thats where youre at.
i say stay mainstream. decide on the distribution the same way you usually would.
there are two things i consider when selecting a general use linux dist for a home pc. these are: hows the package management? and is it crippled?
as always, debian is a nice safe bet and suse is excellent with its 1 click install.
perhaps gnome rather than kde for a no frills dekstop. or maybe fluxbox?
Ah, so this machine isn’t lowend when running linux, I gather. One more question, though: I’m thinking of running it on my main machine once I repair it, but still want to run at least Oblivion. I suppose I could run a dual-boot, although I’d rather not unless it’s the only option.
In short, I know that Oblivion is rather buggy in Wine currently, but am not sure about running it in a virtual machine – would either of these work decently, or enough to make it playable?