Originally Posted by michaeltristan
well, i have jumped ship on windows. its a moral decision to support open platform software and hardware. im sick of back doors and the games windows plays. time to get my feet wet with linux and join the community.. im grateful for all the existing software and support and to the kind and generous folks who have paved the way for a new guy like me.
i am starting out with my sisters twice over old laptop.. its old.. 32 megs of ram(not enough for much of anything) .. cheap 25 buck upgrade to max it at 96mb. am i wasting my time? is there a linux that can operate under such low tec conditions? this is all about the leaning experience for me.. i have mac to handle my computing needs. but still im burning with the opensource desire. where do i start? slackware? also, i have no desire to dual boot windows. any helpful hints a linux sage to pass my way could really get me on the correct path. thanks a bunch for simply being a part of this community.. i hope someone can help me start out, so later down the road, i can repay the favor to another young upstart.
You should investigate Damn Small Linux, as that may be the only thing that would run on such an underpowered machine. Although, in my opinion, you're missing out on quite a bit. Even a $250 netbook would run much faster, and have lots more storage/power, and your options for Linux are greatly enhanced. As for dual-booting...this will depend on what distro you pic, and Google can lead you to many tutorials on how to get it set up.
Honestly, I'd not waste time on such an old machine. And if you're just starting out, I'd start out with a simpler distro than Slackware. It's a great distro, but not really geared towards beginners.