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I've got an old Fujitsu Lifebook B142 that I'd like to bring back to life with Linux.
It is fully working 1998 model and either boots from Floppy or HDD. I have a USB CD drive and it reads USB-drives in Windows but cannot boot from these. I plan to buy a PCMIA wifi card to make it more functional in the future and would mean that the main bulk of the install could be stored on another laptop which currently runs Windows Vista.
I would mostly like to surf the web, email, a bit of OpenOffice and just get into Linux. I'm technically minded but have no experience with Linux. I would prefer something relatively straightforward to get into. I don't require Windows so ideally I would do a fresh format of the drive which is currently 4 Gb partitioned 50:50.
I have done various web-searches and it appears this model can run the latest version of Ubuntu but open to any suggestions. There were a couple of pages on the web which specifically talked about getting Linux onto this notebook but these generally left Windows intact which I'm not really interested in and I got intimidated when they went into how they decided how big to make each partition.
What do people think will be the best/easiest method of achieving what I want?
it may run ubuntu, but I doubt it would run it well, although it may. You may look into Slackware with xfce desktop. It is far less bloated, but is a little more difficult than ubuntu. Mostly I would stay away from gnome or KDE with hardware that old.
If you're a total beginner with Linux, I would not recommend running Slackware. Even if Ubuntu doesn't run all that well, unless you know how to mess with Slackware, I'd recommend staying away from Slackware.