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Old 03-05-2013, 11:08 AM   #1
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Distros for a Dell Inspiron 1100 and Compaq Presario 2200

I'm new to linux, I have been using Ubuntu Studio in a virtual machine with different amounts of virtual ram in a host Asus a54c with 4096mb ram for some time, now I want several distros for my older laptops

1.-To install in the dell or compaq for image, audio and video edition that can work fine with low ram. That has good media and hardware support, a very graphical customizable user interface.

2.-I also want live CD/USB that can either help to or clean by itself virus, rootkits and all that bad stuff that tends to acummulate in shared laptops specially in laptops with Windows.

3.-Besides that I would like a secure distro for online monetary transaction either live CD/USB or that can be installed in my Compaq Presario 2200.

I have read a little bit about Puppy, Slitaz, Damn Small Linux, Crunchbang, Bodhi, Lubuntu, Knoppix, CAINE (Computer Aided INvestigative Environment), Lightweight Portable Security (LPS), Pentoo, QubesOs and DEFT (Digital Evidence & Forensic Toolkit), but the more I read the more confused I become, I can not add more ram to my laptops and I don't have the patience needed nor the knowledge to try them all the distros I have read about and find out by myself wich is better for my needs. I'm sorry if the post is too long I will put some specs below.

Compaq Presario 2200
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600)
BIOS: Phoenix NoteBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor 1300MHz
Page file: 55MB, 484MB available
37GB C Drive Hard Drive

Dell Inspiron 1100
OS: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp.080413-2111)
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A32
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.60GHz
Page File: 296MB used, 1544MB available
74.5GB C Drive Hard Drive
Old 03-06-2013, 10:41 AM   #2
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For virus and rootkit elimination, I'd use SystemRescueCD
As a general repair kit, it's saved my bacon on a couple of occasions.

For the banking, I'd advise a distro that enables you to encrypt your /home partation at installation (in fact I always advise that for any laptop — they're so easy to steal). Couple that with the need to run in less than 256MB and we get ZevenOS (Xfce desktop) or ZorinOS Lite (LXDE desktop).

For reviews, see the links at Distrowatch or my posts
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The 1100 uses a crap i810 video chip that reserves a minimal amount of shared RAM and relies on a Windoze driver to increase that at boot time. These days the default (Linux) Intel driver should handle it for you.
I managed to get several distros to run several years ago - see my previous posts on the subject. I tossed it out when the screen broke. FWIW I quite liked Bohdi when I recently looked at it on limited hardware.


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