Suggestion needed: squeezing the best out of a relatively old laptop
I am hoping to receive one of Apple's new laptops MacBook in some time, so the time has come for me to decide what to do with the one I am using now. I have been running Debian sid on this laptop for about two years now, and it hasn't been too smooth I have to say. I wasn't an expert user anyways, so I guess I cant really complain.
Now, since I'll already have a laptop which will handle all the multimedia mambo-jumbo and entertaintment, that gives me the option to wipe out the whole system on this one, and redesign the system. I am now using a Compaq Evo N160 laptop (just reminding again) with PIII M1.2Ghz processor, 256MB-RAM and 8MB (probably shared) VGA card. Now it's an old computer, who's not supposed to deal with any multimedia, "not no more!" (yes, I love Pulp Fiction).
The possible uses I can think of today for the computer is XAMPP (Apache server, MYSQL ..), Matlab, Maple, and of course webbrowser and mail program wouldnt hurt either. I'd like to have squezze the best performance out of it, while keeping it relatively simple and clean. But of course another criteria is the compatibility with the old hardware on this machine..
A friend of mine constantly tells me to switch to Crux while I ponder on the idea of installing Slackware or Gentoo (or something similar). What I'd like to ask is, how accurate those distos are, towards my aim? How would you compare those three, and possibly other similar distro.s..?
Thanks in advance, regards..
Last edited by Andramalech; 03-30-2006 at 05:33 AM.