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Hey guys, i have an old IBM thinkpad, it runs on 133 MhZ processor, and about 32 Mbs. of ram, it has a floppy drive, with PCMIA slots, so the availablity is endless. Is their any place, or other wise suggested alternative OS's i could use besides Windows 98SE.
Before anyone mentions i do know that windows98SE is debatibally the best windows release of their OS, i was just curious to see if anyone had any ideas? any help is well appreciated
Yea thanks guys i was looking at those, but for some reason i must have misread and thought DSL and Puppy were to demanding and i might have to break out something ridiculous, ill just have to give it a try
I have the same laptop, my first one ever. Still love it and power it on for fun from time to time. It is running a recent debian with X, DWM, Conky, a wallpaper and a bunch of fast apps. I have only 16mb ram. Booting take less than a minute and use 5.5mb ram (with X and everything, including a terminal to check how much ram was needed). It is possible to run recent Linux on it, it just take a little time to trim the fat out. If it have a neofb graphic card like mine, use the kernel framebuffer driver with Xfbdev as X server. It actually run at full speed, as fast as the hardware is able to go. As the framebuffer is accelerated, so is XFBdev. Can run emelFM 1.2, Xmms 1.2, Dillo2 and a few terminal apps at once without ever swapping (well, it does swap a little for me, but you have twice the RAM).
Actually quite fast considering its age and raw power.
Use busybox as the booting shell, xfbdev, trimmed down kernel (drop the advanced networking, just keep the TCP/IP stack and your PCMCIA driver), dwm, remove unless boot services, boot using quiet and no splash. Do not preload data, disable udev, it take too much CPU. With the disparate list, you should get far enough. It's a fun project, love to install Linux with floppy, so much fun.