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Hi, i got an old Toshiba. it is an AMD 400mhz, and has 64mb of ram. i tried slackware with it, but after my friend who knows linux very well had trouble with it, i was curious about a new distro. i would like something that will be fast, and be used to check email, type papers, and go online with. it would also be good to be able to use these drivers on. http://www.fuw.edu.pl/~pliszka/hints/wireless.html
so, which is the best little and fast linux with an easy GUI so that my gf can use it?
ok so i see some good sites, i have a toshiba 2100cdt, i will stay with slackware, which kernel should i use? also, if i am looking for something that in the end will be easy and basic to use, would going back to windows make sense?(it came with 98 installed)
I've always liked Debian myself. You can install a base system and then build it from the ground up. Only install what you want, like a lightweight gui instead of kde or gnome. You can take the quizes in my signature and they may help you pick a good distro to start with.
I will say on my old Celeron 400MHz desktop, recompiling the kernel after install really sped things up. It'll probably take you a few times until you get the right combination of things in the kernel to make everything on your laptop work right. Keep the original kernel around as a boot option in case your recompile didn't work so well. Oh and if you use debian, google for "compiling kernel debian way"...
Windows 98 is okay if you're willing to put in the work to keep it virus/spyware free, although you'll suffer a performance hit by running antivirus whenever you're online or checking email.
ok well after trying slackware, vector, ubuntu, i am still having trouble. i think the most promising distro was vector. only problem was that i couldnt get lilo setup. it reboots and gives me a bunch of L 99 99 99....is there just a very small fast and simple gui/distro that will give me the basic email, internet, word, and wireless drivers?