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Old 11-18-2013, 03:54 PM   #16
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The computer seems good to run Linux with a light windowing environment such as XFCE or a windowmanager
such as WindowMaker, icewm or fvwm. Since you know RedHat, you could use CentOS or Scientific Linux with
Gnome 2 or icewm. One thing to consider is whether the BIOS is from Toshiba or from Phoenix. In the first
case, it is possible to use the toshiba_acpi.ko module and the tools from Johnatan Buzzard to control fans,
backlight etc... In the second case, you will have to rely on conventional ACPI or the Omnibook module from
Sourceforge for that. There is a web site http://linux.toshiba-dme.co.jp/linux/ that could provide some
help with Linux installation.
 
Old 11-18-2013, 04:14 PM   #17
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I do really like JWM and you have enough space for many lightweight desktop environments then can choose at login a different one each time and uninstall ones you think you'll never use...

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Old 11-18-2013, 06:23 PM   #18
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Hi

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1GB DDR2-4200 ram
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 915GM 128DDR shared video memory
Have you been into your bios and checked to see if
you can fix the video memory to less than 128 Megs ?

ie your true available ram is 1G-128 megs = roughly 896 Megs of RAM but you loose a bit so call it 800 Megs
but can you make that better?

########## leaping ahead I would not even recommend XFCE

http://wiki.xfce.org/minimum_requirements

The issue as TobiSGD correctly points out is you are likely to have software that will be resource hungry.
google chrome and firefox and both going to slow you down here.

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If you have the bandwith I suggest you try out a few live cds on this product before installing, if possible
--or install a few before deciding which offers the best experience.

I suggest you search distro watch with arch of 386 and then choose various window managers

here I show the results of 386 + enlightenment
http://distrowatch.com/search.php?os...&status=Active

which gives sparky which also offers Desktop: Enlightenment, JWM, LXDE, MATE, Openbox, Razor-qt
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=sparky

assuming you know about live cds sparky password info
http://sparkylinux.org/live-users-and-passwords/

good luck

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Old 11-19-2013, 06:16 AM   #19
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Adding a large swap partition will not magically make the machine run better demanding software. With 1GB of RAM neither KDE, Gnome 3 nor Unity will run reasonably well, especially combined with resource hungry software like Firefox. For a machine like that I would recommend MATE or XFCE. Other than that you shouldn't have much problems.

Regarding partition sizes, use a swap partition the size of your physical RAM, so that you can use the hibernation feature. I am not a fan of having a separate /home partition, I would just use one large partition on that disk, but this is more or less a decision purely based on your personal habits.
I have to agree! once a machine starts swapping, performance will suffer. I used to find that Nautilus tended to cause a "malloc of death" scenario on my old netbook. That was, until I maxed out the ram.
Openbox, fluxbox or a similar lite window manager is certainly recommended. Use Thunar or PCmanfm rather than Nautilus. Consider lxde as it has most of what the average user needs.

(although I'm still biased towards Crunchbang myself :P )
 
Old 11-19-2013, 02:40 PM   #20
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Not that I suggest it for new users with less than a GB but KDE seems by far the most customizable and can be striped down (if you want to run many heavy apps at once) just like many others could be gauded up. I put it on slower machines (600+\-MB) but mostly for signal app applications plus some bells and whistles.

I would suggest buying the 2 GB of RAM for $25-40 new e.g: http://www.kahlon.com/itemdetailpg.asp?itemid=1148386
or: http://www.qtmemory.com/2gb-ddr2-pc2...FYs-MgodNm4ALw

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