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I've got a Dell Latitude CP (Pentium 233, 128MB, 4GB disk) that I would like to run Linux on...you know, a little websurfing here, some email there, playing with wireless networking...
I've used linux before (installed Slackware a few years ago, have played with RH 9.0 a bit) but I'm not an expert. I know Solaris pretty well, so I am reasonably well versed in UNIX, but not many different distros.
Which distro would be best? I was going to try Fedora, but the system requirements for graphical use scared me off. I'm going to want to run X, but I don't want to get bogged down with overhead since the machine is not too speedy and it's not exactly high in RAM.
I don't know anything about hardware support for laptops, so that may be an issue. By bare specs, Slack should be good. You've tried that before, you say, so that should be a bonus, unless you didn't like it. Might try Vector, which is an even lighter Slack-based distro that should do great on that hardware.
Yep. I ran 3.1 or something on a P100 from 1995 with an 812 MB hard drive and 32 MB RAM for awhile. Even Vector pushed *that* hardware and it didn't much like my S3 video or lucent winmodem but, otherwise, it was pretty nice. (And the hardware issues may have been my fault, too.) I think 4.0 has just come out and has gotten good reviews. It's not like some gimmicked-up micro distro that feels crippled, but there's also no bloat to speak of. I suppose ZipSlack is also an option if you've got a DOS partition and don't mind a umsdos filesystem - it seemed to do even better on that box than Vector. And a regular Slack is possible.