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Old 12-28-2015, 01:02 PM   #1
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most compatible distro for old fujitsu stylistic ST4120


Hi folks.

Newbie here and quite clueless about such things so please bear with me, as i will need things explained in the simplest possible terms.

I have an old Fujitsu stylistic ST4120 tablet (JUST the tablet, no docking unit)which would seem to work quite well if i could get the Wi-Fi and the wacom touchscreen pen working.

when I aquired the system it had been formatted (no operating system, i think formatted is the correct term) so i got someone to install standard windows XP (it originally had tablet edition) and if i use a plug in USB keyboard and mouse, it works quite well, although slower than the system im currently using, which is much newer (and a desktop)

as the system is running 512Mb ram (max it can handle is 768Mb) and has a tiny HDD (around 30 or 40GB) runs a pentium 3 M processor (933Mhz) and has the Wacom pen thing (which id like to use instead of a mouse and keyboard) and the fact im a complete novice i was wondering what version people would use on this system themselves in my situation?

the system will not be used for anything too demanding. occasional web browsing via the Wi-Fi, possibly as a digital photo frame at times, possibly even a few games similar to the ones found on play store if theyre available, to keep the kids happy, and possibly even as an in car system for diagnostic work (if its powerful enough for that)

what do you recommend i do with the system? (apart from throw it away!)

thanks
 
Old 12-28-2015, 06:05 PM   #2
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(apart from throw it away!)
No need for that.

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so i got someone to install standard windows XP
crap. I mean I wish you had done the install instead of someone else.
This makes explaining things harder.

For starters, My 1st attempt since it uses Openbox, based on Ubuntu 14.04 which supports touchscreens real well but my only concern is ram and cpu

But that being said. I'd make a live usb of

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ts-4175557652/

The 32 bit i386 version

https://github.com/RichJack/Chromixi...1.5-i386-amd64

Making live usb

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0gLlSIqKwU

If you were more experienced. I'd recommend something like

http://wiki.archbang.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

But not a lot of documentation I can find for your gear,(Arch), while Ubuntu has a lot of info on your tablet.

Just be prepared to take your time. Don't get frustrated. I already know I recommended a chrome browser
based distro which with your specs. Is kinda heavy.

But Ubuntu has Dillo, Links2, Qupzilla, Midori, Netsurf..........
among many other browser choices.

If I was a neighbor. I'd throw Ubuntu minimal iso on it with a fluxbox window manager and onboard keyboard with netsurf browser with claws mail and mpv player with audacious and backup browser would be UZBL since it plays youtube in terminal. I'd also install Youtube-Smplayer along with rox file manager and a rox terminal or evilvte terminal. Mousepad for text editor.

See? A lot of TLC goes into making a smooth running system. But like motorcycles which is my bread and butter. Customizing a motorcycle and customizing linux takes time and knowledge.

Edit: Oh for photos. I'd start with feh.

Otherwise. Everyone could do it.

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Old 12-28-2015, 06:16 PM   #3
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Another to look at that I have ran on touchscreen is Salix Linux, The fluxbox edition

My thread

http://forum.salixos.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=6131
 
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hmm lots to think about there.

perhaps i should be thinking along the lines of which is easiest for me to install, and which is easiest for me to get my head around using? for what its worth, i do have an android based phone (running android 5.1 i believe) but i dont imagine that android would be compatible with the system, or easy for a total noob.
 
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Android builds for 32 bit cpus

http://www.android-x86.org/getsourcecode

http://www.android-x86.org/download

Android ran a bit heavy on my atom netbook. But it did run just fine.
I just prefer vanilla linux is all.

Edit: if you want it. You must research it. It is possible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBV6jRzr7b8

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Old 12-29-2015, 09:01 AM   #6
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Android builds for 32 bit cpus

http://www.android-x86.org/getsourcecode

http://www.android-x86.org/download

Android ran a bit heavy on my atom netbook. But it did run just fine.
I just prefer vanilla linux is all.

Edit: if you want it. You must research it. It is possible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBV6jRzr7b8
in all honesty, im not overly worried what it looks like. i usually work out how to operate the areas i need quite quickly. 90 of what my android phone is capable of is never used!
wherever ive looked so far its either the lack of ram/cpu spec or the fact i dont have/want a keyboard attached, thats been the issue. as well as the fact that the 'wacom' pen system is largely unknown to me (i just know it works in the BIOS but not once XP boots up)

if only everything in life was as simple as i am!

someone mentioned some really small linux names (i cant remember them as i was kida drunk at the time) that use very little HDD space or ram power which soun ideal, but not sure reading around id manage to install them, assuming all the relevant drivers were available for touch pen and wifi (neither of which work with windows XP)

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Old 12-29-2015, 09:10 AM   #7
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The kernel in Android will supply the driver for your touchscreen. No need to over think things or be afeared.

Just try and learn as you go.

Patient like.

Edit: pS. I am a ignorant scooter tramp that did not touch a computer till 2008.
 
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thanks. my background is motor mechanics (cars) ideally ones without all the electronics, so although ive been using windows for a long time, ive never had anything like this to deal with. usually just click a 'run' box and walk away!

the more i read, the more confused i get about what will work best with the machine. i can tailor what i use it for around what its capable of, as i have 2 other machines i can use for more demanding things at home.
 
  


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