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Old 06-02-2006, 09:43 AM   #1
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best linux for a Dell Inspiron 5000E, 4 GB , 128MB RAM ?


Found and old 128 MB RAM , 4 GB Dell 500e Inspiron laptop.
Any updated suggestions as to the most capable and flexible Linux OS for it?

(And where I can find such an OS? Been looking for older releases of Suse , Debian, Mandrake, and Red Hat so far without much luck.)
 
Old 06-03-2006, 07:44 AM   #2
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Try Vectorlinux.
 
Old 06-03-2006, 10:34 AM   #3
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You might wish to mention the processor speed, as it will make some difference. As a first guess, try Ubuntu or Kubuntu. They seem to detect special hardware (such as you would encounter in a laptop) quite well.
 
Old 06-03-2006, 11:33 AM   #4
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Ubuntu or Kubuntu with 128 MB of RAM?!
 
Old 06-03-2006, 03:25 PM   #5
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Ubuntu or Kubuntu with 128 MB of RAM?!
I ran Ubuntu 5.10 (slowly) on an old 550MHz laptop with 64MB of RAM. With 128 MB, I suspect it should be OK. Kubuntu was slower and would barely creep along with 64MB. It might be OK with 128 MB RAM. The new 6.06 Kubuntu seems to run faster than the 5.10 version.
 
Old 06-03-2006, 03:52 PM   #6
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Feel free to torture yourself and your computers with KDE or Gnome running on 128 MB. Bowie may want to do something useful with his laptop, I wouldn't recommend running KDE or Gnome even on 256 MB of RAM.
 
Old 06-04-2006, 10:59 AM   #7
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You should use FluxBox or BlackBox instead.
 
Old 11-03-2006, 06:54 PM   #8
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can you?

this is for a lap top as a testing environment, just to learn mysql and php until i get comportable with them enough to put my knowledge to good use for employers.

can you do ubuntu with fluxbox? how ?

also, being rather new to linux, is there a command that tells you your total, exact RAM installed ? It's a laptop, so i can't break it open, exactly.


(when i asked before, I had windows on it. now I have demundi on it, a debian distro, to do music stuff, but now i have to get serious and learn database stuff with it, so I'm now dealing with replacing a debian distro that I barely found the time to get to know.)
thanks, b

Last edited by bowie101; 11-03-2006 at 06:56 PM.
 
Old 11-06-2006, 10:33 PM   #9
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database stuff tend to be pretty ram intensive, so you might want to pick up something with a bit more power.

I'd recomend Slackware (not that I'm biased or anything :P ) with xfce. Full install minus kde is about 3GB, and it runs *well*. Might want to upgrade Apache tho...
 
  


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