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I've Slackware 9.0 (8.1 was even faster) in a Compaq, 166mhz, 32 RAM, 2 Megas videocard running at reasonable speed. Rehat, as stated above, is really slow. I'm also in a 2GHZ here, running Redhat and KDE. Can't wait to format it and run Slack only on this box too
I had an old AMD laptop with similar specs to yours. I tried Redhat 8, no deal- Mandrake 8.2, again no deal. I got Redhat 7.3 to load but it was unbearably slow. The only thing I found that was acceptable was Debian Woody. I'd advise getting the disk set, and to read the docs before you do anything.
Good point Peteatwork! Debian is also a nice shot.
I have also tried some Redhat distros on my laptop. The one that seemed to fits would be Redhat 6.2. I've used Redhat 6.2 for a long while and the install is about 300 megas including Gnome, which is nice.(not forgetting that apt-get works with that Redhat version) But for some reason, it stopped at "Checking for PCMIA" at the boot time, and there it hangs. I could never get around this, but laters version of Redhat, as my favorite one (7.3) worked fine but were far too slow to make my machine usable