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I am a real newbie to Linux. I would like to install slackware 3.3 on my Toshiba laptop (Tecra 500 CDT, pentium II, 16 MB ram, 1 G HDD) I read somewhere that someone use slackware 3.3 on this model of laptop, and also in the Linux beginner lessons (linux.org) that there is a program FIPS which can create addition partitions on HDD without erasing the orignal partition. My questions are:
1. where can I find the distribution for slackware 3.3. I did download slackware 9.0, but not sure if it will fit into my old toshiba.
2. the beginner lessons says most major distribution comes with FIPS, but I do not see it in the slackware 9.0 files. Where can I find FIPS.
I'm just another newbie and based on my own experience I would say stay away from Slackware Linux. As far as partitioning tools that come with linux distros I would stay away from them I have had too much trouble with them not working correctly and destroying my partitions. I would recommend Partition Magic for doing partitions. It is the best thing I have ever seen. If you are pro you might like Slackware but being a newbie I was scared when it left me at a command prompt with no GUI.
I guess it depends how computer literate you are. I'm not particularly, so have had a struggle to learn. Also my system is old by current standards so some late distros take a long time to load, or my video card is not recognised.
I have tried Suse 7.1 which went well, Mandrake 9 which was okay for internet and printing and word processing but Gimp didn't display properly; Red Hat 8 worked okay but was very, very slow (as Was Mandrake).
Now trying lycoris which installed easily, doesn't have a heap of stuff I never use, and is easy and quick to use while still having command line available. I think Linux "purists" are not keen on lycoris, but I think as a starter for a person in transition from Windows, that it is great.
With a 16MB of RAM, you might want to try lighter distros like Peanut Linux, Vector Linux, etc... If you insist on using Mandrake 9, try trimming it down, and use a lighter Window Manager like Fluxbox and Blackbox (although i think this will still be a lil' slow).... I really doubt if KDE or Gnome will work well with 16MB of RAM....
Thanks for all the advice again. I found Peanuts and Vector. But I have to do some cleaning up of my HDD. It has 250 MB left. May be I'll have to get rid of MS Office (if I do, I will not be able to get it back, since it was installed from network at work, which is no longer accessible).
Hi, I am back for help. Since my toshiba laptop was old, and the cd drive cannot boot, I followed the instruction to dl the files into HDD and ran the file ram.bat. It was a disaster (my fault, since I placed one file in a network drive on my newer laptop). Ram.bat ran a little while,gave a message that it is altering something to run it in DOS, and then it gave an erron message the Kernal is trying to kill.. and the process just got stuck. I hard re-booted. all I got was a blue windows screen. I booted into DOS, and after much searching, replaced win.ini with an older backup, and windows works again, but it would not run dos commands (from start->run->command). Please help to point out to me which file has been altered so I can bring it back to it normal state. Then, I will try and do the peanut install again. But, I have to bring it back to where I was before I got started. Thanks in advance.
i would suggest u try Red Hat 7.3, its work fine on my Toshiba Pentium 1 wit 32 meg ram....it can get abit laggy when working in xmode so may i suggest you get atleast 128 meg ram if possible if not more...hope i helpt....
Yes vector linux is another that was recommended to me. I am in the process of getting that going so will let you know how it goes if you like. So far it has booted from CD and I added root and user name, but now it's asking to or for "initial group [users]:" - so I have to go to vector site and find out what that means! -- romcgill
When Vector asks for that information, it's trying to create a user profile. You can blank your way through it and it will just create a default new user, which is fine. It doesn't really make a difference unless you're on a LAN using PINE, or if for some reason you want to give the user different permissions.
FWIW, I was able to get Mandrake 9.2 running (and am still running) well on a Toshiba Tecra 500CS, with Pentium 120, 64 MB RAM, 1.2 GB HDD. I run XFree86 4.3, SSH, SAMBA, IceWM, XVNC Server (I am able to log in run desktop remotely via SSH tunnel). I created a large root and swap partition and a correspondingly smaller home partition. I first tried SuSE, Slackware, Peanut, Knoppix, and Damnsmall. Damnsmall was the only other distro that I was really able to get running reliably. Respond back if you have any more specific questions.
Ken, thanks for the info. I have given up. It took me a long time and effort to recover the win95. I have since increase my RAM to 64M, so my toshiba looks like yours now. I have also installed WIN NT4 (found an old copy) and it is running dual boot.
I want to learn Linux and install it here, since both win95 and winnt4 are obsolete. Please let me know where you dl Mandrake 9.2. How much disc space do I need and what are those other programs that you are using. Thanks.