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Old 08-23-2010, 03:39 AM   #1
Alimao
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Best Distro for Old Laptop


Hi all,

i would like to ask you for an suggestion. im a newbie in the linux world i have a old thoshiba laptop 2550cdt.

Celeron 365Mhz
128MB RAM
4GB HD
CD-ROM
No ethernet
USB port
Internet only via USB Stick D-LINK DWA 140 B2

im wondering if you can post me some suggestions about the distros. which one i should download for my laptop?

thanks
 
Old 08-23-2010, 03:57 AM   #2
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Alimao,

Well first off, welcome to the ranks of the technologically elite. Secondly, there is no "best" distro. Each one has its pros and cons.

Personally I have had good luck with Ubuntu and would highly recommend it. Been running it since 7.04 (about 3 years), and I have noticed that there is a LARGE Ubuntu community with lots of help out there. Its also very user friendly and it's easy to install/uninstall software with.

Since you are running old hardware, I would suggest Xubuntu. Basically it's is Ubuntu with a lightweight window manager (XFCE), and a few other differences.

You might also try Slackware. I started with it and once you get that hang of the text menus and install options ( I don't no what its is like now), its easy to get along with. The downside is that their software repositories house older (but more stable) software.

Hope this helps.

iamtechno
 
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Old 08-23-2010, 04:08 AM   #3
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While xubuntu requires less resources than the other ubuntu variants, xfce it is not really very "light". Distros that work well on older hardware without requiring any tweaking include things like puppy and slitaz.

Cheers,

Evo2.

PS. Almost any distro can be used on low end machines, but will require significant customization relative to the "default desktop" that is setup for the user.
 
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Old 08-23-2010, 04:12 AM   #4
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PPS. For a decent and reasonably recent article on the topic have a look at
http://www.tuxradar.com/content/what...t-linux-distro
 
Old 08-23-2010, 04:52 AM   #5
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Install a Debian or Ubuntu command line system and add fvwm-crystal or lxde. Crystal looks great but is completely unlike windows, KDE or Gnome; I don't know about Debian but Ubuntu provides one that is pretty much preconfigured so you don't need to write your own config files. Dispense with a display manager and create and xsession file (or use wdm display manager); KDM or GDM are too heavy and bring in too many dependencies that will only chew up resources that are better used elsewhere. I have recently installed ubuntu as a virtual machine and wdm + crystal + ROX consume only about 60MB.
http://polishlinux.org/apps/fvwm-cry...-transparency/
http://lxde.org/

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Old 08-23-2010, 05:12 AM   #6
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PPS. For a decent and reasonably recent article on the topic have a look at
http://www.tuxradar.com/content/what...t-linux-distro
HI evo2

thanks a lot great article i will have look into it.

i will give one a try!

im also despertly tring to put working my USB D-LINK DWA 140 B2 Wireless stick working. without success for it i will open a new post after installing the new SO.
 
Old 08-23-2010, 08:59 AM   #7
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try http://lubuntu.net (it runs very well in an COMPAQ Armada M700 laptop that I have, with 256MB of RAM)

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Old 08-23-2010, 12:11 PM   #8
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nice tip.. i will give them a try.. thx ...

im still having issue with my usb stick wifi...

please check my another post with usb d-link dwa 140 if you can assist? http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...dummys-827961/
 
Old 08-23-2010, 12:41 PM   #9
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I think Openbox is a very nice window manager.
 
Old 08-23-2010, 12:53 PM   #10
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Maybe I'm missing something because I'm a newbie...but the OP has a 4GB hard drive and 128MB RAM- seems to me any of the 'buntus are WAY too big for that!!!

He needs something small, like Puppy Linux.
 
Old 08-23-2010, 01:15 PM   #11
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Puppy 4.3.1 with one of the older kernels in the special puppies folder would probably work best.
 
Old 08-23-2010, 04:39 PM   #12
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With only 128MB RAM, I think you'll find Puppy to be much more satisfying than Lubuntu (and Lubuntu much more satisfying than Xubuntu). I found Puppy 1.17 worked very well on my old NEC laptop (K6-300, 64 MB RAM, 4GB HD) back in the day.
 
Old 08-24-2010, 02:41 AM   #13
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hi folks im confussed now...

i tried this live cd versions but i never see a installation CD or how to install this in the HD?
I do not think that liveCD will help solving my problem.

i tried yesterday to install chrunshbang and UnityLinux without success it's freez and gives a error with my hardware.

also tried to get fedora core 6 working because my USB stick gives an swap error.

i was able to run on the laptop Xubuntu and DreamLinux but there was very slow.

ill tried to start lubuntu or mint 8 CE ver. but just to boot up it's take tooo long. i didn't saw text installation mode.
 
Old 08-24-2010, 05:59 AM   #14
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Another question? what do you think about archbang? how is your opinion about this distro?
 
Old 08-24-2010, 09:53 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Alimao View Post
hi folks im confussed now...

i tried this live cd versions but i never see a installation CD or how to install this in the HD?
I do not think that liveCD will help solving my problem.

i tried yesterday to install chrunshbang and UnityLinux without success it's freez and gives a error with my hardware.

also tried to get fedora core 6 working because my USB stick gives an swap error.

i was able to run on the laptop Xubuntu and DreamLinux but there was very slow.

ill tried to start lubuntu or mint 8 CE ver. but just to boot up it's take tooo long. i didn't saw text installation mode.
when you load live CD, it puts an icon on desktop>>>install to hard disk...you have to click on that icon if you want to install permanently.

why don't you try puppy linux.....as the name suggest, it is very small.
You can go to www.distrowatch.com/ and see by yourself which is what?

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=puppy

you can also have a look at this distro:

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=tinyme

Last edited by mirchichamu; 08-24-2010 at 10:02 AM.
 
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