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Old 03-08-2005, 02:22 PM   #1
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Laptop Pentium 1, 100mhz, 40mb RAM, 1.2ghz HDD. Which distro?

I'm having great difficulty finding a KDE or GNOME based distro that's basic enough to work on my laptop. I need KOffice (Or any Microsoft-compatible office suite which has a wordprocessor, spreadsheet and presentation software) it also must be able to detect a PCMCIA card with a USB pen attatched. If not KDE or GNOME it has to be a GUI because I am a complete Linux noob, and the command line stuff is all very bewildering! Any suggestions?
Old 03-08-2005, 02:30 PM   #2
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kinda helps if you tell us what spec the laptop is, but in general you'll be fine with any basic window manager, with fluxbox being the favourite most times.
Old 03-09-2005, 09:42 AM   #3
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hrm.. I see the specs just fine.. anyways...

You probbaly won't have a lot of luck on that if you are a linux newbie.. KDE and GNOME will NOT run on that machine.. you *might* be able toget it to load up.. but the time it would take to do anything(i.e. - move the mouse) would be so painfully slow, you couldn't do it..

40 MB of RAM is pretty decent for that machine.. (i have an old Toshiba Satellite Pentium 200MMX, 2.3 GB hard drive and it only has 32MB of RAM!)

I assume this has a CD-ROM drive?? If so.. check out VectorLinux. It's a trimmed down version of slackware. I *think* the install is small enough to fit on that, but I'm not sure. I know it went on that 2GB of mine... now understand it's still going to be slow.. but functional... Vecotr comes with Mozilla.. but don't use it on there.. use Dillo for web browsing.. and sylpheed for mail... other than that you have GAIM for instant messaging and AbiWord for word processing.. then I would suggest that you use vecpkg and remove the things you're not going to use.. to save as much space as possible.. i.e. - Mozilla!!

Good luck!


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