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Old 09-15-2009, 08:28 PM   #1
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Which Linux to install


Hello, I've got an old laptop (Toshiba Satellite 1805, 1.1 Intel Celeron, 256mb Ram) that I would like to install Linux on to get a feel for it and play around with, before I purchase a new laptop. I'm doing this to see if I want to use Linux with the new laptop. So what would be a good version or flavor of Linux to try? Thanks.
 
Old 09-15-2009, 08:30 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ dude
Your gonna get alot of suggesstions on that one.

Mostly, it depends on your Linux experience level??

Are you a beginner or know some stuff?
 
Old 09-15-2009, 08:32 PM   #3
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Welcome to LQ dude
Your gonna get alot of suggesstions on that one.

Mostly, it depends on your Linux experience level??

Are you a beginner or know some stuff?
I've run the Ubuntu & Kubuntu live CD's once so I've seen Linux before. I used to be an "entry level" Unix Sys Admin many years ago at work but I haven't done that in almost 10 years.
 
Old 09-15-2009, 08:34 PM   #4
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You may be better off searching the Internet for the model of laptop you're interested in buying and how well that one works with Linux. It may have proprietary hardware known not to work OR work well.

You might also check out http://distrowatch.org
 
Old 09-15-2009, 08:47 PM   #5
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OK
so, you sound like you know more than most(me)

Persosnally, I prefer them all
Its like having a different gal every night
LOL
not really

I like Debian Unstable/Ubuntu alot
Slack is the best for learning about configuring your system, etc

I mostly run the "frugals"
this would include:
slax
grml
hag
tinycore
debian-live-remaster
partedmagic
puppy(s)
canabix-fluxbox
canabix-lxde
and I run all those and more from my Ultimate Edition 2.3 partition
their all persistent of course

for 256mb I would go for
ah-hem(modestly)
My grml-magix
found in ThorsHammer
http://multidistro.com/fluxboxp/fluxboxp.html
http://multidistro.com/hammer/fluxboxp.html
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...83#post3662683
in short
heres the iso and zip

http://multidistro.com/downloads/ham...mer-090109.iso

md5sum
13a06dd53cff5f593a601ba830009bc0

here's the zip, remember, it's the same as the iso
just in zip form
for those who don't have access to a cd burner
or just wanna install to usb/hd
http://multidistro.com/downloads/ham...mer-090109.zip

zip md5sum
c19cc79151a09a4976c1055c4551492c

just dont use the "toram" option, it uses(grml-magix) about 170mb in live mode

other good ones are vector linux 6.0 light
crunchbang-lite
grml-medium
tinycore
a debian minimal net install using fluxbox openbox, etc
a slackware xfce install would be good too

How big is the HD?
you could install many if its like 20gb +
 
Old 09-16-2009, 12:14 AM   #6
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:28 AM   #7
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You can run Debian minimal with a lightweight WM or LXDE
 
Old 09-16-2009, 01:13 AM   #8
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If you are going to purchase the new laptop regardless, I would recommend you test out Linux with the new laptop instead of the your old one. Linux has come along a long way and a newer laptop (assuming hardware/software compatibility) will give you a nicer Linux experience.

That being said, I would recommend Puppy Linux LiveCD for you old laptop. Go with the Xvesa option when you try to bring up the Desktop.

If you get a new laptop, I would recommend Ubuntu, Fedora, and openSUSE. Once you get more comfortable with Linux, you can go check out www.distrowatch.com for additional Linux distributions you can test out.
 
Old 09-16-2009, 01:41 AM   #9
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Trying out Live distributions is a best way to test your hardware compatibility. It also gives you a way to tinker around with the distro and get accustomed to it before you install and if you seriously dislike just reboot and start off fresh with new distro.
All said, your old laptop really lacks resources you would need to redeem the full power of Linux. You would not be able to do much on this laptop and it would be a different experience on your newer one.
Here you can try DSL, Puppy, or something lite may be Debian with LXDE or XFCE.
But you better tell us what your new laptop would be so that you can get better responses according to it.
 
Old 09-17-2009, 11:33 PM   #10
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Ok I went w/ Xubuntu and it looks good. But...the highest display setting I can get is 800x600 when I have 1024x768 in XP. So i have about a 1" black border around my Linux desktop instead of full screen. How do I change to a higher resolution?
 
  


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