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Old 01-21-2012, 04:07 PM   #1
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Small Linux OS for Acer 330T Travelmate


I have an old ACER Travelmate Laptop 299mhz / 320MB RAM / 4.5 GB hard drive. Just for something to do and because I've never worked with Linux before, I wondered if there was a small version of Linux I could install on this system to use just to surf the web. Anyone have any thoughts?
 
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Browserlinux501 and Porteus 1.1 come to mind

with limited HDD space if you want a fully installed distro vs the above frugal installs then something like a Slackware or Salix minimal fluxbox install with the added advantage of compressing /usr as a squashfs or something similar to save disk space
 
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Iis there any way to find out in advance which of the 2 lightweight distributions will install on an old ACER? or do I just charge ahead. Thanks!
 
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You can try

http://puppylinux.org/
http://slitaz.org/
http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

and many more.

But here's a tip: If you are trying Linux for the first time, and you also have a nice, fast, modern computer--try it on the more powerful computer! Then you can have all the speed, stability, desktop effects, animations, bells & whistles, etc. If you have a semi-decent computer, say 1ghz+ with 1gb+ ram, then you can try a beginner-friendly distro like Mint and have a rockin' first impression of Linux. (With the limited hardware of your Travelmate, a multimedia-rich website like Facebook will bring it to its knees; this is not Linux's fault but just the bloat of modern web design vs. the reality of outdated hardware. ) You do not need to make any permanent changes to your computer to test-drive because you can run from a Live CD or USB without actually installing to your hard drive. If you are not satified with "live" mode, then you do not charge ahead and install.

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Old 01-22-2012, 03:05 PM   #5
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I have an old ACER Travelmate Laptop 299mhz / 320MB RAM / 4.5 GB hard drive. Just for something to do and because I've never worked with Linux before, I wondered if there was a small version of Linux I could install on this system to use just to surf the web. Anyone have any thoughts?
I think www.tinycorelinux.net will give the solution
a) modern kernel
b) modular: you load only what you want
my recommendation:
- format your disk: ext4 1GB boot, swap 500MB (just in case), rest ext4 (with GPARTED or other boot CD)
- start the TinycoreCD
- install xvesa.. (go to the tinycore forum for installing/setup recommendations)
 
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Iis there any way to find out in advance which of the 2 lightweight distributions will install on an old ACER? or do I just charge ahead. Thanks!
a) burn diverse CDs with the Distro(s)
b) check if it boot/install
c) read with Mr. Google who already achieved which install with your PC
.. you will need time before you get a good setup. pATIENCE .. Patience..
 
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If it has a CD or DVD reader try putting many distros on one cd/dvd with multicd.sh
http://multicd.tuxfamily.org/
 
  


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