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Old 01-17-2004, 09:40 PM   #1
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Hi there,
I am a newcomer to Linux and am hoping the forum can help me with the following question:

Which version of Linux should I install om my 36 MB laptop (previously Win 95). I have a sense that Linux 2.0 is the one to install but need advice on whether it is the best version and where to download it from.

Thanks, Tatjana
 
Old 01-17-2004, 09:44 PM   #2
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You mean kernel version or which distribution? The newer kernels should be just fine, you do however, want to be careful on which distribution you use. How much storage space do you have? I really recommend going with Slackware and using fluxbox or fvwm as your window manager. KDE and Gnome will perform horribly if you can't feed them some memory.
 
Old 01-17-2004, 11:09 PM   #3
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xfce is my favorite wm. I second the notion for Slackware. You could also uncheck the gnome and kde packages when you install, that should help with disk space, since you'd never want to use them on that machine. Heck, I never want to use them on my computer, and it has 64mb memory. Slackware's light-weight, so just as long as you choose the proper wm when you use it, if you decide to use a wm, you should be all right.
 
Old 01-18-2004, 01:19 AM   #4
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Originally posted by tatlic
Hi there,
I am a newcomer to Linux and am hoping the forum can help me with the following question:

Which version of Linux should I install om my 36 MB laptop (previously Win 95). I have a sense that Linux 2.0 is the one to install but need advice on whether it is the best version and where to download it from.

Thanks, Tatjana
Remember that Linux 2.x is just the bare kernel (the software that processes instructions from software to the hardware). You are not going to only download that.

You have to get what's known as a distribution. Distributions are put together by various companies and organizations that have their own set of software and operating system features. Most distributions use the same basic software with their own additional features and setup. The most popular distributions are Mandrake (currently in version 9.2), RedHat Fedora, SUSE (currently in version 9.0), and Debian (currently in version 3.0r2).

You should use whatever Linux version is included with your distribution. Right now, most of them will have version 2.4.something. Later, it will be 2.6.something. You cannot really choose what kernel version you run. (Well you can, but I wouldn't recommend trying to upgrade!!)
 
Old 01-18-2004, 06:02 AM   #5
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Slackware is the easiest solution. If you feel brave, you can try debian: a clean debian is faster than slack, and it has a really nice package manager (apt-get). It's perfect fo a network environment. You can install it in 150MB+64MBswap. Still at present it requires some knowledge to setup, expecially on a laptop.
 
  


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