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I have an OLD laptop that currently has win98 on it and runs that slowly but without issues. I want to put something a little more modern on it. I need it to be user friendly and have a good package system with a decent repo.
I use Fedora 10 on my newer computer but don't think the old laptop could handle it. I also like Mandriva but again I don't think it could handle it.
I have thought about TinyMe, but wanted to get some comments or suggestions.
I had an old laptop I put Deli Linux on: http://www.delilinux.org/ and I was really happy with it. Don't expect KDE or anything with it though, you'll get the IceWM window manager. But this thing makes my old Pentium II laptop with 32mb ram run smooth...
my old tower (Pentium 2 @ 550MHz) runs great with Slackware 12.0
It cat even play full-screen video at 25 fps.
However new linux users might find Slack a bit difficult to install, configure and add packages. But if you are a little patient you can handle it.
I hate the question. It's been asked and answered at least 1000 times. A simple search would have asnwered it as thoroughly as anything you can get here.
Nevertheless like the other fanbois here, I'm going to venture an opinion. You give us no clue of the limitations of your hardware, so any opinion is pretty worthless, just like mine.
I have a 7 year old white-box laptop (DFY30), 100GB HD, 128MB memory. It runs a minimal install of Debian Lenny, with a minimal install of Gnome, and a full OpenOffice suite, along with every music ripping and playing, and editing tool I've ever imagined needing, very satisfactorily. I never hesitate to add any application that strikes my fancy. When my kids use it, they always remark on how fast it is compared to WinXP.
Of course I do know how to configure Debian. Your mileage may vary.