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So I have a P2 233 MHz IBM Thinkpad. It has 192 MB RAM and only a 3 GB HD. (Back in the 90's this thing was pimp.) So does anyone have a suggestion for a Linux Distro? I'd like for it to be a pretty small install so I have plenty of space left.
I'm running an abbreviated Libranet 2.8.1on a Compaq Armada 1500 PII with 64 MB RAM; 32MB RAM is the minimum but 64+ is recommended. Hard drive requirement for the minimal install is 600MB; full install 3.0GB but 4.0GB recommended. The default window manager is IceWM. http://libranet.com
66mhz sharp laptop
750mb hard drive
512k video ram
i am running Xfree86 from slackware 7.1 and using the VGA16 driver as i was unable to get anything else to work. I have used Xvesa in the past, however I was unable to get Xvesa to work with the VNC software I am using.
So i have wireless networking, XFree 3.3.3, compiler, and assorted required libraries in 415mb !
Currently i am using it as a VNC client to my main box, after it's monitor died. I have to say that responsiveness of X (in the VNC window) is terrible. And I only get 4bpp color depth.
i have a similar machine, thinkpad 380z, running mandrake 10 full kde, all the toys, wireless etc. Would recommend searching for a 20G hdd (i got one for $48) makes all the difference. Look for a cheap prism2 wireless card (around $20) and follow the wiki instructions for installation, works great (i drive a semi and connect thru a truckstop wireless hub that is usually hundreds of feet away!)
Most any distro will work just fine with your machine. What you choose to run within your selected distro is what determines how well it will run. My distro of choice is currently Mandrake 9.2. I run a fairly light window manager, IceWM, which still lets me run some heavy applications -- with patience. My machine is much less potent than yours, as it is a ThinkPad 365XD (P120/72MB/3.2GB). Again, these older baoxes require some patience, but they work well when set up well.
I have a P150MMX/32MB/2GB laptop running Mandrake9.1 (10 wouldn't install) very nicely with Matchbox and GPE software ([matchbox|gpe].handhelds.org).
No other window manager is installed (no KDE, no Gnome, no IceWM...), thus saving disk space, even though the libs are installed.
My notebook is a touch more powerful than the ones you guys have - it's a 500Mhz pIII that I just recently upgraded from 128mb to 256mb of ram. I also have run linux on a thinkpad 266Mhz with 96mb ram. Even though my current notebook is only a pIII and my desktop is a 2400 I work on it for 8 hours a day, then come home and chat on it for another 5 hours. Slackware is a good choice since it tends to be pretty speedy but really any distro will do if you take the time to tweak it and such. Slackware 10 and a full graphical desktop runs really well even with only 128mb ram. The main thing is really take time over the install, cutting out everything you don't want, make sure you go through your startup services and remove any that you don't need. I've noticed a reasonable difference in performance between xorg and xfree - xorg makes just that little bit of difference to this poor old beast.
I'm about to install Linux on an old Dell Inspiron, PII 233 MHz. The bizarre thing about this machine is that, despite its Pentium processor, it does not have a CD-ROM drive. So I am forced to do an install completely from floppies/network. I would appreciate advice on which distro (and perhaps what version) to use. Here are the key concerns:
* I need a distro that does not require a CD to install
* The installer should be able to detect my network card easily
* I am worried that if I use an old version, packages will cease to be available (over the net) for maintaining my system
Subject to these constraints, I'd like something relatively user-friendly. In particularly, I'd prefer not to edit configuration files for X, etc. by hand.
>I'm about to install Linux on an old Dell Inspiron
I have an even older Dell without a CDROM and 3Com PCMCIA ethernet.
I did SuSE can install from NFS export of CDROM on desktop.
(That was SuSE7.3).
SuSE 9.1 needs a small stack of "modules" floppies as well
as the boot floppy.
SuSE is a user-friendly install but GUI installer needs a fair amount
of RAM to run well.
I installed Slackware 10 on my notebook using an NFS install. It requires 5 floppy disks that you can make using images from the first install cd. A kernel, 2 install disks and a pcmcia and network disk if you plan on using a pcmcia ethernet card for an NFS install. Most distros will allow you to install over a network using either NFS or FTP so .. go with what you're comfortable with.