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Old 05-08-2004, 07:55 PM   #1
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Distro for Older Laptop

I'm looking for a Linux distro that will run on my old Compaq Armada 7330T laptop:

~150 mhz Pentium w/MMX
2.1 GB Hard Disk

It originaly had Win95 installed and I later upgraded to WinNT 4. Over the past year I've migrated most of my desktop PCs from Windows to Linux and I'd like to do the same with my laptop.
Does anyone know of a distro that will run well on a computer this old? I'd like it to be able to at least run an older version of Gnome or KDE.
Thanks in advance for any advice
Old 05-08-2004, 08:27 PM   #2
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Old 05-10-2004, 05:58 AM   #3
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i'd say go with vector linux
Old 05-10-2004, 10:07 AM   #4
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Vector Linux

Thanks for the advice. Actually, I just installed Vector Linux night before last. It seems to work very well even on such old hardware. I haven't tried installing Gnome or KDE yet, though.
Old 05-10-2004, 10:42 AM   #5
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Re: Vector Linux

Originally posted by AlexV
I haven't tried installing Gnome or KDE yet, though.
One phrase : DON'T!!!
Those two are humongous resource-hogs.
And with just 32MB of RAM , I doubt , they'll even run at all.

With a little bit of tinkering , the WMs , present in the Distro can be made very pretty , whilst retaining their light-weight nature.
That does require a bit of reading and puzzling , though.
Take a good gander at the .icewm/ directory in your /home/whatsjername ; just edit it to your likings.
The dfm-part is a bit of a problem , though ; easy to break.

One more advice : Search your system for any icons ; they're spread over several different directories.
Then move 'em into one dir.
Easier to keep track off.

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