Suggestions on avoiding installation pitfalls?
Hi - I'm not a complete newbie: i've been using Ubuntu/Fedora/Debian for some time now, and I work as a Mac OS X sysadmin, but I do have a seemingly odd question.
I've just bought an IBM thinkpad 240X - it's a lovely machine, and it'll serve my purposes beautifully. However, I want to use it for PureData programming, so 1) it won't need much disk space, 2) I want to preserve the battery as much as possible, and 3) I want to optimise the OS as much as possible.
Based on these requirements (which I know that this laptop will be able to achieve quite successfully), I happened upon this possible solution: use a USB memory stick to boot from, instead of the hard disk, thus extending the battery life approximately threefold (this is based on what I've seen elsewhere. I know the idea works, but I've never implemented it before), and using a highly optimised version of gentoo as the OS - I don't need anything whizzy for a GUI - fluxbox would be perfect for me.
The only software that I would really require would be a web browser, a notepad (nano or pico is fine, truth be told), PureData Extended (including GEM - I don't really know the extra requirements of that, come to think of it), and maybe a compiler or two, since I'm gonna try and use this as a coding platform.
My thoughts on the USB stick are mainly these: does the 240X have any problems booting from USB (it hasn't arrived yet, see), and will gentoo behave itself if I do this kind of installation?
Whereas I'm quite comfortable hacking away at it until it works, it'd be nice to have something that's totally operational wihthin a few days.
I've also considered Xubuntu, as well, because my prior experiences of that were positive, in the main, although it didn't like my Inspiron 6000 too much (specifically, WiFi and the SD reader).
I'm going to take the modem card out, too, because I'm just trying to strip out *all* extraneous hardware. My intent at the end of this is to have a laptop that I can use without worrying about the battery (hence the hard disk removal), and without worrying about speed (hence my thoughts of using Gentoo).
My question to you folks is: do you see any problems with this plan, and if so, can you make any recommendations? The specs are as follows:
PIII 500MHz CPU
12GB HDD (to be replaced by a 4GB USB stick - I'm not strictly sure if the laptop was pre-USB 2.0)
I know that IBM's hardware (pre-Lenovo, anyway) is legendarily well-supported, so apart from knowing *how* to configure it, I don't reckon on there being any massive problems. However, I can't find out whether this line of machine was pre-USB 2.0 or not, which is a bit of a worry for me...
Any input would be massively appreciated.