[SOLVED] Selecting a linux distro for an old laptop (IBM ThinkPad R40)
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Selecting a linux distro for an old laptop (IBM ThinkPad R40)
i got given an old IBM think pad R40 laptop with a broken HDD and im looking for a linux distro for it,
its got 128 mb of ram and a mobile P4 - M 1.80ghz processor all im gonna use it for is basic word processing/taking notes in the field etc.
but i would like to have a reasnoble GUI ive tried Puppy, DSL and SLITAZ but their GUI's are rather crude. any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated
Some other distributions to look at are antix, lubuntu or tinyme. debian with a lightweight windows manager will also be a good choice. I'm sure others will respond with their favorite lightweight distribution.
With 128 mb ram your stretching....I can only think of a few that will run ok on that low of ram. Since you don't like Puppy you could try Absolute linux. Or perhaps the newly released Salix fluxbox version, they may work ok for you. But whichever you choose...remember the desktop environment is gonna be either LXDE, ICEWM,, openbox JWM etc....one of the lightweight varieties. You're not gonna get any of the big distros with Gnome,kde etc running on that.
But whichever you choose...remember the desktop environment is gonna be either LXDE, ICEWM,, openbox JWM etc....one of the lightweight varieties. You're not gonna get any of the big distros with Gnome,kde etc running on that.
When starting and logging in to gnome, debian hardly uses 85MB RAM (95 MB RAM with swap)!
Its more than possible for a 'big' distro to be running gnome on less than 128MB of RAM....
OK, then start an office application on that and you will see it massively swapping. Something running with 85MB after boot is not the same as something running in the use case, here with a word-processor.
I can only second what snowpine has written, lower your sights on the optical part and concentrate on the task you want to get done. Besides the optical part you also have to consider that it is better to use a lightweight application for your tasks, like Abiword instead of Open/Libre Office.