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paul1945 01-01-2013 02:47 AM

Best Distro for Amada m700
I have an Compaq Armada M700 notebook that I want to use as my "mobile" unit. It has 384Mb of RAM and a Pentium 3 600Mhz microprocessor. It also has 40Mb hard drive. It currently sports Windows 98se and is part of a WIFI network. I want to continue using the USB WIFI dongle and networking.
I know this is hardly a supercomputer, but I understand that there are Linux distros that run fine on this kind of machine, and I would appreciate some help in selecting the best one.
I currently run Ubuntu 12.10 on my desktop and some compatibility would be handy.
I am hardly an expert, so an easy to install system would be preferred.
Any help will be appreciated.

TobiSGD 01-02-2013 12:51 PM

For a machine like that I would go for Salix LXDE, antiX or a general purpose distro with a lightweight environment/software.

paul1945 01-02-2013 04:38 PM

Thanks for that TobiSGD. So how compatible is this distro with Ubuntu? Will it run the same software and emulators e.g. dosbox, wine?
If not, are there any other distros that are?

TobiSGD 01-02-2013 04:44 PM

Salix is compatible to Slackware, antiX is compatible to Debian. Running DosBox or Wine should not be a problem at all, but antiX will of course have a larger repository with pre-compiled packages than Salix.
If it must be something that is compatible with Ubuntu try WattOS, Bodhi or Lubuntu.

paul1945 01-03-2013 06:12 AM

Thanks for that, TobiSGD. I have compiled on Ubuntu (with rather a lot of help) a DosBox version that runs all my legacy software and has full printing capabilities. There are a number of other Apps that I use, and need, all of which I presume may not run on other distros than Ubuntu; but again I am no expert in this.
Anyhow, I have looked at WattOS, Bodhi and Lubuntu, all of which will probably run OK on my machine. I have also found Xubuntu, but both the Lubuntu and Xubuntu Website tend to use Lawyers speak when describing the minimum hardware requirements; like you should have at least 512Mb of RAM but it will run in 256Mb. Well, does it work OK in 384Mb or not? That is the question. If you compare say Xubuntu and Lubuntu, Xubuntu can actually run on a lower spec machine than Lubuntu; but can it? It's not terribly clear from the Website. I guess the only people that can make some definitive statements are the users, and that is the feedback I am hoping to get.

TobiSGD 01-03-2013 07:09 AM

Lubuntu is in general more lightweight than Xubuntu. What they mean with "It runs in 256MB but you should have 512MB" is that you can start the distribution in 256MB, but to have a somewhat convenient experience when actually using some programs you should have 512MB.

paul1945 01-03-2013 05:30 PM

Hello TobiSGD, thanks for that clarification. I will give Lubuntu a go. Your assistance is appreciated.

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