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Old 12-08-2006, 03:39 PM   #1
Basslord1124
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Linux distro for my old laptop.....


I just picked up an old laptop that I'd like to possibly use as a Linux desktop. It's a Dell Latitude CPi 266 (Pentium II). I want to think it's got 64MB RAM and a 4GB hard drive but I am not 100% sure as I had to order a new battery and power supply for it. I mainly want to use the laptop for web browsing , chatting online, and MAYBE word processing...but not much more than that.

I am trying to decide on some sort of lightweight distro to stick on it. I currently have been using Slackware for my one server and have been very happy with it, so there's that possibility I suppose, but on another level I wanna maybe try out something else. More than likely I will buy more RAM and a bigger HD for the laptop. But anyways, I am kinda torn in terms of what distro I could try. I was thinking Ubuntu since I hear a lot about it, but I have no idea how well it'll handle this hardware. I know I don't want Fedora (been there, done that) or Mandrake/Mandriva. Opensuse perhaps? Debian? I dunno. Any recommendations are welcome. In the mean time, I may look around and see what I can dig up. Thanks.
 
Old 12-08-2006, 03:56 PM   #2
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I've had extraordinary luck with Zenwalk on my laptops. You're well below the suggested Zen system reqs but try it, it just might work for you.
 
Old 12-08-2006, 08:10 PM   #3
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I've had extraordinary luck with Zenwalk on my laptops. You're well below the suggested Zen system reqs but try it, it just might work for you.
Wow, never heard of that distro. Checked out the site earlier....looks very promising indeed. Thanks.
 
Old 12-09-2006, 08:42 AM   #4
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Slackware with Fluxbox is even lighter than Zenwalk.
 
Old 12-09-2006, 08:57 AM   #5
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I think at this point I am either leaning towards Damn Small Linux or Puppy Linux. I am somewhat familiar with DSL, but someone introduced me to Puppy (never heard of it before that). Puppy looks pretty sweet too.
 
Old 12-09-2006, 09:10 AM   #6
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I prefer ...Slax
 
  


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