I have read a couple of great threads on the above topic but I thought it would be better to get confirmation with the experts here.
I'm looking for a nice and very updated distro that will work on a Pentium MMX 266, 64MB RAM, 4GB harddisk laptop. This one is for an old sturdy Toshiba Satellite 330CDT machine. Currently it's on Win2K but no matter how much you tweak, it's still damn inefficient. I've given up on Windozzzzz.
It's currently connected to the internet via a 3COM 802.11b wireless card (it's an old card probably manufactured in the year 1999). No ethernet card on this laptop. Good thing is that the CD still works. Which kernel would be good for this sort of config?
The laptop is meant to be used by someone who doens't know what a distro or linux means to her. So I'm thinking of easy to use GUI apps like XFCE4, Abiword 2, XMMS or CPlay, Firefox (or Dillo - some sites are pretty badly rendered but fast!) and packages that are easy to install/emerge/pacman-ize.
Just trying to keep the interfaces similar to W2K or Win98. Don't want a rude shock like Command line or Fluxbox/Openbox architecture stuffs.
I've worked with Gentoo. Built one from Stage 1 on an Celeron 466Mhz and 128MB RAM machine. Took a long time to complete. I probably use Gentoo stage 3 as a last choice for this laptop.
I read about Arch linux but it's optimized for i686 or Pentium II or higher. Pentium MMX is probably a bit ancient for this distro. Is Pentium MMX = i586?? What do you guys think?
Vector linux 4.0 is something i'm considering - but the packages are not updated (i think). Heard that Vector SOHO 4.0 takes up too much resources and will not be released in the near future. RC2 is not even out there yet.
Can't wait to hear your opinions! Thanks!