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Old 02-08-2005, 02:46 PM   #1
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Best LiveCD for ancient laptops

My school recently acquired a goldmine (or landmine...) of several ancient decommisioned military laptops. They have 2.2 GB HDs, 166 MHz Pentiums, and 32MB of RAM. Easy: install Linux. Problem: the tech director at my school currently uses a Windows network and is a Mac addict, and wants to start with Win98 on these and upgrade to 2000. That's terrifying to me. Unfortunately, I can't exactly put OS X on these, although I really can't touch the hard drives (which are wiped clean) anyway. My thought was to get a LiveCD distro and show how easily a minilab of these could be set up, but I don't know which one is best for these. Could someone reccomend one, or maybe just tell me to get a real distro (no offense to LiveCDs) and install it temporarily?
Old 02-08-2005, 02:58 PM   #2
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maybe you would like to do mininmal install of any distro with icewm or XFCE window managers

also if u want a light weight Live Cd then have a look at Damn Small Linux

Old 02-08-2005, 02:58 PM   #3
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Knoppix is always a good general-purpose LiveCD. It might be worth a try. I don't know how the performance would be with KDE, though. If you can find something that uses fluxbox, you'd be better off.
Old 02-09-2005, 03:20 AM   #4
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there is also feather linux
Old 02-13-2005, 02:02 AM   #5
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damn small linux is live, 50 MB ISO, works on a business card cd. very nice system, its debian based, has a nice window manager, and is fast. can also be installed to the HD is you want.


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