I'm so sorry how General I made that opening post, the intent was there but yes my Computer specs are probably the first place to start when considering a Distro.
The fact I chose MiniMe against the "Full Monty" is because of some Hardware limitations, plus I forgot to mention I Dual Boot with Win XP SP3.
Thanks for all replies, you have been very generous, and yes of course I can go test heaps of builds, but am encouraged with the comments about MiniMe.
Specifically this machine is an oldy
. I'm a fixit, build it type person.
Not alot of money filters through to my pocket after bills, and my 17 year old son's needs.
The Computer was tossed at me a couple of years ago, as it wasn't working.
Intel Celeron CPU 2.6 GHz.
+Shared Graphics 'Chip' (onboard) 64 MB.
Maxtor 40 GB HDD
10 GB Slave Drive + CD/DVD Combo Drive
500 GB External HDD
Motherboard is not really upgradeable any further. The graphics and RAM are the worst of it.
I'm trained, basically Cert 2 in Electronics, and Computer Engineering (A+) (Cisco).
Did two years study when going through a messy divorce
, as a distraction.
I never was good at Maths, or Physics as a young person so you can imagine my feelings at doing Advanced Maths /Engineering/Electronics, which wasn't that advanced I found when looking at getting the Diploma.
Truth is, as fast as you legitimately study , and I'll say "Study", at a legitimate Tertiary level, the quicker Technology advances, and you just go backwards.
So I work a lot online, as a volunteer. That's where the knowledge is in reality evolving, in the field of 'Home Users', which I suppose is my area, volunteering in Anti Virus Forum (Avast!) - and the Network of MVP Malware Removal Forums. Plus a founding member of a very slow 5 year old (but fun) SMF Forum. ( Sorry for Rant ! )
The Linux bug bit me three years ago, I have not successfully tried many Distros, in fact only Full PCLinuxOS, and the MiniMe version which I love as it suits my specs, I feel, and gives me more control when I have Windows on here as well. The Linux lingo will take time to absorb, everything can be searched out, my brain can only hold so much however.
I don't want "everything & the kitchen sink" as I'm forced to use Win due to work, Study, and other commitments.
Initially with MiniMe all I used (installed) was Firefox and Abiword, for secure safe surfing.
Yep, VirtualBox seems the go, do some testing, but with these Hardware limitations I reckon MiniMe is pretty much well suited.
Thankyou kind people for offering your thoughts, may we all prosper through the sharing of knowledge .