I am new to Linux. About a month ago I decided to venture into the Linux world. I came across information on the web about how old computers can be given a new life with Linux etc etc. I had an old Pentium 3 Compaq Presario gathering dust in the basement. So I started trying out various distributions on this machine. Finally came around to trying Vector and I think I will stick around for a while here.
Everything in my old pc worked right out of the box with Vector. You tube videos, couple of music sites - Indian music, internet connection was available right away, sound card was recognized, the movie player worked with my DVD and music discs. Overall the everything reacts much faster than with other distributions.
I also liked the way the installer took me through the steps - though the experience was like working with old DOS interface. Other distros had problems in formatting my disk, but Vector did the job without any complaints.
I also liked the System Profiler and the report generator feature. I have added some details of my machine gathered through this feature below.
Now there is one issue that is common to all distros. There are a couple of music sites that use regularly. These sites use custom embedded players that depend on Realplayer or WIndows Media player being there. One such site is MusicIndiaOnline. I cannot use this site on Linux. Must me something wrong with them.
Also my boot time could be improved from the 120 secs or more that it takes now to get to a usable state. My machine details are as follows.
Processor Pentium III (Katmai)
Memory 381MB (134MB used)
Operating System 5.9 Standard GOLD built on Dec-16-07
Date/Time Fri 23 May 2008 02:17:46 PM EDT
Resolution 1024x768 pixels
OpenGL Renderer Mesa DRI Savage4 20061110 AGP 1x x86/MMX/SSE
X11 Vendor The X.Org Foundation
Audio Adapter ES1938 - ESS ES1938 (Solo-1)
Power Button (FF)
Power Button (CM)
Macintosh mouse button emulation
AT Translated Set 2 keyboard
No printers found
QUANTUM FIREBALL CR13.0A
COMPAQ DVD-ROM GD-5000
Hewlett-Packard CD-Writer Plus 9300
Kernel Linux 126.96.36.199 (i686)
Compiled #1 SMP PREEMPT Sun Nov 25 19:27:11 MST 2007
C Library GNU C Library version 2.5 (stable)
Distribution 5.9 Standard GOLD built on Dec-16-07