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MSNOMORE 11-30-2006 03:50 AM

Which Linux is the best for older laptops & Wifi?
 
Im a linux:newbie: so sorry for all the questions :scratch:
I got my hands on a compaq armada 1550DMT laptop which I upgraded to its whopping 80mb ram. it has a 4 gig HD and 133mhz pentium processor.

I plan on just using it for the very basic stuff. word processing, internet,email. MAYBE occasionally downloading something once in a while but thats not on top of the list, but mostly just email and web surfing

its currently running win me(yuck)
i have a generic wifi card that says its compatible with red hat.
(11MBPS wireless lan pcmcia adapter)
will red hat run on such a low laptop system if i install it? if not what linux shoud I go with and what wifi card would be compatible? Does the linux os come with a firewall and virus protection or would i have to use Macafee or norton or something(and are these linux compatible as well)?

I appreciate any and all input
Thank You

runnerfrog 11-30-2006 04:15 PM

"Xubuntu Alternative" can be a good choice (particularly because you can keep it very well upgraded from the Ubuntu repositories), but can it be a little heavy for 80 mb. Feather Linux is another good choice. LittleDebian can be problematic with wifi and pcmcia support, you may need a lot of configuration with it (I'm thinking you will give it "very basic" use).

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will red hat run on such a low laptop system if i install it?
With X running, I don't think any version newer than 5.2 (very old) will run. I don't think it will even install. Google for requirements, don't be lazy.

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if not what linux shoud I go with and what wifi card would be compatible?
Do not change your hardware, the OS must recognize it, that's one of his functions.

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Does the linux os come with a firewall and virus protection or would i have to use Macafee or norton or something(and are these linux compatible as well)?
Mind yourself to prefer Free Software, (you will be installing it soon, isn't?) and read about it. For a firewall just read some about Iptables and IP6tables, you will really advance over regular users with that, then script some rules for blocking undesired incoming (and/or outgoing) connections. You can google some scripts for reference aswell, and you will find a helpful community here. For antivirus you have clamav available, and is upgraded regularly, but here you'll find that an antivirus isn't very much necessary over a GNU/Linux without accepting connections over LAN, WAN, VPN, etc. I never had an antivirus installed on a GNU/Linux laptop or any GNU/Linux network client, just servers.

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I appreciate any and all input
You will have. Greets.


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