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Im gonna get a laptop and i dont have enought money to get a very good one so would a OLD laptop that has about 700MHz processor be able to rum linux fast for WIRELESS internet and php/html making websites
I run a 750MHZ with 256MB RAM with 30GB Harddrive and runs SuSE 9.3 just fine KDE & GNOME are no problem.
It all depends on how much memory you have.
If you have 128MB till 64 XFCE will run great with your laptop. GNOME or KDE will be a litle too heavy I think. nevertheless xfce is beautiful and full of features and addons.
NExt version will have many new great features. http://www.xfce.org/ http://www.xfce-look.org
If you have less then 64 try blackbox or a other windows manager.
WIRELESS internet and php/html making websites
Will be no problem with linux.
Linux has great memory management, you will be shocked what you can do.
I play MP3's with Amarok surf the web with firefox, compiling GCC 3.4.3 while I'm typing this with SuSE 9.3 with KDE with the above specs.
Last edited by mr_demilord; 11-14-2005 at 10:59 AM.
Well, it depends on what you want to run. If you are talking about hardware support, as long as it is not too bizzare, then older hardware should be very well supported (the coders have had their hands on it longer you see)
700MHz isn't too bad. that's about a pIII, which is not that old at all. (It's not like a 486 or anything (which gui-less linux handles fine btw)
Yes, it's all about the RAM (memory) the more the better.
Wireless: this depends on the card in the computer, not the Operating System (too much) as said, wireless shouldn't be an issue with linux.
Just remember, no bizzare parts, enough RAM and you should be fine.
Also, you are more than welcome to ask any questions about the set up (or any other linux questions) Here at LQ.
For comparison, the desktop that I'm running is a 450 MHz with 192 Meg. Runs Slackware 10.1 just fine. I have to use a lighter WM, but no problems with that.
As for the laptop, you may be surprised at the prices on 700 MHz laptops. I'm in the market for a laptop, so I've been watching the laptops on E-Bay. It's surprising how much they are going for. For just a little more, you can get a new laptop. That convinced me to pay the extra for a new one.
I have a old 133 laptop with 16 megs of ram and have slackware running on it. I had to install it with floppies, no cd rom. I'm not using kde or gnome of course
I haven't installed ndiswrapper on it yet, I just mess around with it when I have some free time, but it shouldn't be a problem.
Im gonna look on eBay for a laptop with high memory if not ill upgrade it
Im gonna use slackware ive used ubuntu, fedora core and i perfer Slackware
Im gonna mack sure the wireless card works easyily before i get it