Hello guys, I tried to set up a system that could run CNC and CAD/CAM and I
chose PCLinuxOS 2011 LXDE, that was a really bad idea. The floppy drive did
not work, and it didn't find the PCI USB 1.1 board that I had inserted, 3D
did not work even though the Matrox MGA driver that was suppose to support
this, was installed(the special one for G200,
matroxdriver_mga-x86_32-4.4.4-installer), even if the Xorg.conf was set up
corectly. I tried to solve these problems with the solutions (SOLVED)
provided in PCLinuxOS forum and ond the net(for LXDE) but it never got to
work as described. The user were not in the floppy group and even though I
added him, floppy never showed up in PCmanFM(other than in SuperUser). He
were not member of the Serial, Parallel or USB group even though I added
him(other than if logged in as root). But you can't keep being logged in as
root- or should I say that is not the point!
Though allot of the things work as root!
Ok, I know that most PC's nowadays don't have floppy - but who in their
right mind removes it from the distro? That is insane!
Besides that, I can live with that there are things that I need to look up
on the net and solve myself when I run into them(thoug I shouldn't have to
considering that PCLinuxOS is the more user friendly system when comming
from windows - but "Houston we have a probleme"), but the guy who has to
get the system can't(even more newbie than I am), he just want a system he
can run CAD/CAM and CNC on, program an Eprom chip, and program in BASIC or
The reason for LXDE version of PCLinuxOS was that it runs on old HW(really
great at recognizing things that Ubuntu can't), and this PC is old(Intel
Celeron 1.2Ghz, 324Mb ram, 17GB +10GB Hdd, DVD, Matrox Millenium G200
8Mb,VIA VT83C572 USB PCI board). No option to change it(money nor HW wise).
Now I need to start over, and just so we are clear I tried allot if not
most of the distro's for low end systems, that are available out there
ranging form slitaz to ubuntu mini, but I have trouble getting what I need
from the distro's of choice. So I'm asking if someone here(takin in mind
the above) can recommend a distro that gives the following(or where it can
easily be made to work):
Able to make links on the desktop(I know its a taboo) to both HW devices
HW is recognized and set up automatically(Floppy).
Not compiz, but some 3D capability on old HW(for CAD)
Filemanager that allows normal operation (rightclick mouse behaviour) on
CAD/CAM and CNC should be supported and user have access to serial and
Repositories should have allot to offer, similar to ubuntu's or
Lightweight, where the OS don't demand that much Ram but gives more to
programs than the OS itself (thats definately not Ubuntu nowadays - now its
more bloatware like windows, than what it set out to do(because, where
linux not suppose to be different from windows - I know this is taboo, but
I find Ubuntu nowadays similar to windows Vista).
Similiar to Gnome(or gnome on diet) customizable, like gnomenu. Lightweight
Not too different in feel and behaviour, from windows 98 - 2000(not
bloatware like XP to present).
Basically I need DSL, Slitaz, PCLinuxOS, Lubuntu on diet, xubuntu, Mint,
Peppermint One, OpenSuse, fedora, Puppy, Gnome, LXDE, Android(build on
linux), all smacked into one and got a baby named = .?