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Old 11-21-2008, 09:22 AM   #1
KezzerDrix
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Suggestions: Old laptop want a good OS


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.
 
Old 11-21-2008, 09:31 AM   #2
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Maybe DSL, Puppy or Vector.

http://damnsmalllinux.org/index_es.html
http://www.puppylinux.org/
http://vectorlinux.com/

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Old 11-21-2008, 09:36 AM   #3
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and of course you can search 'Old Computers' at Distrowatch..
 
Old 11-21-2008, 09:38 AM   #4
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Maybe Debian or Arch. You would probably have to use an older version though.
 
Old 11-21-2008, 09:59 AM   #5
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great suggestions I am checking them out. Also thanks for the heads up on distrowatches search I did not know it could do that.
 
Old 11-21-2008, 10:43 AM   #6
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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...
 
Old 11-21-2008, 11:06 AM   #7
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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.
 
Old 11-21-2008, 01:27 PM   #8
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I usually give Debian a shot, you can do a base install then add xfce4 or LXDE easily for a lighter desktop environment.

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Old 11-21-2008, 01:58 PM   #9
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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.
 
  


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