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I have Slack 9 on my ThinkPad 560 (P-100, 74MB Ram, 800MB HD). I was very limited by HD space, so I don't have a whole lot installed on it. KDE or Gnome were not an option, but it runs Fluxbox like a dream.
I still have trouble with the driver for the Trident video card under XFree86 4.3.0, but using a generic driver it suffices for me.
the inital installation was a challenge, as I only have an external PCMCIA CD-Rom drive and I had to maually copy the module needed to get it to work for the installation.
you have a p2 and 288MB?!?did it help to make your laptop faster? what cpu cloc is it? 150-200MHz?how did you upgrade memory?did you open your laptop or what? thanx
if you're experienced user, i'd reccommend slackware, but if your computer is a at p2 cpu speeds range, shouldn't you try one of the small distros? vector is nice
than slackware is the best option.
if you could tell me what did you do to install new memory for laptop or did you just take it to some hardware shop and said you wanted to add memory?
my friend has p2 150Mhz with 80mb RAM (Initially it was 16) and he plans to and another 64 - how to do it? i know it's not a distributions question, but since, you know about that...
Distribution: Emacs and linux is its device driver(Slackware,redhat)
if i were you i would go for gentoo or slack they both let you install the packages you want unlike redhat or mandy so you will have more control over your installation if you are low on space and my slack installation is always way smaller than mandy or redhat i did not try debian so dunno about it.