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Hi all..Im relatively new to Linux,Ive been dual booting with Mandriva and XP for a little bit to get my head around it..And now I have a little poser for you.
I'm about to be living and working where there is no mains electricity for a while, so will have to lose the desktop temporarily ( ) .I have a (somewhat prehistoric)laptop that I plan to take with me as a media player/internet only machine.When I say prehistoric,here are its specs...
128MB RAM 10 GB HDD 866 Ghz P3 processor
Now,Ive tried Puppy 4.02 on it but am having loads of issues.Namely-getting any video codecs to work (even vlc just plays the audio) firefox and seamonkey has a really irritating habit of quitting for no due reason (memory??) and it just seems really unstable to me.
Can anyone suggest an alternative distro that will suit my needs?I'm getting a little frustrated!!!Literally, all i require it for is a music player / movie player (XVid/avi/vob) and web browser...
I like to install a bare Debian system, and then build my own lightweight desktop. It's worked pretty well on machines with similar specs to that. The trick is to use lightweight applications. Avoid KDE, Gnome, and OpenOffice.org. Firefox is also a bit of a pig, but usable.
If you need even more speed, you can recompile the kernel and leave out all the junk you don't need.
Linus : I'm currently googling your suggestions,but the link on your sendspace type host doesnt work,it wont let me DL!!
John : Thanks for your input but I would prefer to run an older distro than buy an entirely new system!!I know its possible!!!
Its almost recycling,dragging the old boy out of his cupboard after so long!!!
And as a post script..Any idea why puppy would be so glitchy on my system?After ploughing through endless forums it appears that
it should run fine with my specs...hmmmm...any suggestions???
Cheers again from sunny England
(Yes it is sunny here for once!)
I would reccomend anything with xfce, icewm, jwm, or a similar lightweight wm. With DSL, I don't know, for internet you'd be fine, but I don't know about media players. I had it up and running on a Pentium 75MHz with 24 Mb of ram, so DSL will run quite nicely with your specs... unfortunately, multimeda tends to be resource-heavy, regardless of distro...
I agree with the debian reccomendations, it's got many packages, but is highly configurable to be lightweight, and probably good for hardware support...
If you want an adventure, try gentoo. It would run slightly faster, because it's compiled for your specific computer, but compiling takes time, and it's not exaclty what you'd call an easy distro. Well documented, though...