best linux for a Dell Inspiron 5000E, 4 GB , 128MB RAM ?
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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.
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.
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.
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.)