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Ok, I'm a slackware/FreeBSD user. I'm looking for a distro for an older laptop (200mhz MMX, 16mb ram, 2 gig HDD). I want something no-frills - I'm not new to Linux/UNIX, and I don't need a lot of handholding.
I will be running X (Fluxbox), too, but I can install that myself - no biggy.
What are your recommendations? I'm on 56k right now, so it's a bit tough to download distros and try them out.
Nothing about a distro but since this is a laptop question you might have wanted to post it in the Laptop and Handheld forum because many people take the option of not have posts in the General forum show up the new posts section and your question might not get seen by as many people.
I say gentoo, you download only the stuff you need/want and you get nothing you dont add yourself since you dont need handholding I think its a great choice and it will be closer to your bsd roots, however, it will take forever to compile on your laptop, if you can get a laptop ide to normal ide converter you can compile the system on a faster machine then just slap the laptop drive back in
I assume you have already made your choice, but I thought I would through in a little personal experience.
Satellite 225cds 16M Ram 133 Mhz, no FDD, 1.4HDD, CDROM,
I tried all of the Distros listed above on this hardware and had no luck. Finally I found an old freebie disk from a linux book/mag with Suse6.2 demo on it...it booted great. Used x and icewm.. with the YAST manager I was able to easily choose what I did and did not want.
I realize it might be difficult to find but I thought I would through that in.
Currently running on desktop
Slack 9.1 2.6.5