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I'm attempting to install a linux system on a Sony Vaio notebook, which will be used for school only. So with that in mind I need the most stable distro that I can find, and since it only has a 695Mhz PIII and 250mb of ram; I also need more of a minimalistic distro package wise. I would use FreeBSD but I encountered problems when I attempted to install and configure Xorg, as I don't know the screen type or video card of the laptop. I know that Slackware has a reputation for being the most stable distro out there, but I heard that Vector Linux is based off of Slackware. I tend to favor source based distros and I heard Vector was even slimmer than Slackware. So my main question is: Is Vector Linux as stable as Slackware and is Slackware the most stable distro that you have encountered?
p.s. I'd normally install both and figure it out myself, but last year I lost a 70 page paper using Winblows and needless to say I am wary to take any risks.
p.s.s. I have used Ubuntu, Knoppix, Vlos, Debian, and DSL.
I vote for Slackware, but Vector seems to be a good setup. It seemed to run light. I have not used Vector all that much, but it seems to be what you are looking for. You might want to try Puppy Linux, it is a live CD distro, but you can install it on your hard drive (same for Danm Small Linux). I am kinda addicted to Slackware.
I installed slackware using this http://www.bitbenderforums.com/vb22/...?postid=311808 guide. I followed it to the letter, except for the /opt partition, however my x takes up only the center of the screen not the whole thing. This is the same problem I encountered when I tried to install FreeBSD. Does anyone know how I can A.) Use the entire screen and B.) Setup a login screen instead of typing in startx. I don't know the screen type or video card type of the laptop. Please tell me if this is going to be a time consuming process because I have less than 2 weeks before school starts and I still need to do my summer AP work. The main thing I need is to use the fullscreen, I can live with the rest until I figure out how to fix it.
It won't let me change the resolution from within gnome, the only option is 640x480. When I try to configure the screen using xorgcfg I can change things around but I can't write to xorg.conf, it fails.
Last edited by pitbull11188; 08-25-2005 at 02:48 PM.
Thank you for all the help you've given me tangle. I am just going to run ubuntu until I can get the exact hardware info on my laptop so that I don't ask pointless questions which would not have arisen had I just called and asked the guy I bought it from for the specs.