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I have an older Compaq Presario 1621 laptop that I would like to run
linux on. It is has an AMD K-6 233mhz processor with 32 meg of memory.
It has a 2 gig harddrive.
I'm still a novice linux user, though I've been expirimenting with it
off and on for years. I am running Slackware on my home machine but
find that it's just too big for this laptop. It will install, but it
doesn't give me much room to move.
I will be using this laptop for educational/expirimental purposes only
and am expecting a lot of trial and error. I'm not looking for anything
fancy, just command line stuff with the option to use X-windows. I
would like to be able to use the pcmcia card slots for use with NIC's or
maybe even wireless if possible.
Any recommendations on which flavor I should use? Any suggestions/comments/opinions would be greatly appreciated.
Never tried it, but apparently Netbsd (at least I think it's netbsd - other 2 are freebsd or openbsd, but I'm pretty sure it's not freebsd) runs really well on old hardware - it's portable and requires very minimal disk usage. It isn't linux, but it uses X-windows. And slackware uses the BSD style init scripts anyway
Debian would be my guest. I have debian on my "router" and it takes less than 500 MB of space, so you should be fine to get a complete debian system (this include X and some very lightweight WM like blackbox) on your laptop.
Also, I once tried Slackware (it was version 8.0 back in that time) on a P166 laptop so you should be fine. 2GB of hdd is plenty, only your RAM is a problem to me)