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Old 08-17-2003, 10:20 AM   #1
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Question Laptop friendly Distro?

I've just picked up an old laptop. 336Mhz 192MB RAM. I've tried RedHat, and everything was really slow. I'm running Madrake now, and that's a little bit better. I was wondering if anyone has seen good performance on lower end hardware with a different distro. This is my 3rd linux system, so I'm comfortable with recompiling the kernel and other tidbits.

Thanks in advance,

Old 08-17-2003, 10:23 AM   #2
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I heard there's a debian-laptop project. It may be helpful.
Old 08-17-2003, 10:32 AM   #3
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Maybe you should try not to use KDE or GNOME? As they are slow on low specs machines...
Old 08-17-2003, 10:56 AM   #4
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A lighter Window manager like IceWM under Mandrake might help a litlle - Vector 3.2 is faster than either of these distros.

You might find something more suitable at Distrowatch :

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Old 08-17-2003, 02:02 PM   #5
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I prefer windowmaker, which is a really light window manager. Also, if you're looking for a laptop friendly distro, I would recommend slackware. This is the only distro I've successfully got to work on my laptop. The reason is that I use a pcmcia ethernet card. Most other distros seem to work with it for a while, but then give a buffer overload. Slackware, however, works with it seamlessly.


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