LinuxQuestions.org
Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions
User Name
Password
Linux - Distributions This forum is for Distribution specific questions.
Red Hat, Slackware, Debian, Novell, LFS, Mandriva, Ubuntu, Fedora - the list goes on and on... Note: An (*) indicates there is no official participation from that distribution here at LQ.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 02-03-2005, 02:53 PM   #1
thelenko
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: Mandrake 9.2
Posts: 18

Rep: Reputation: 0
What distro for very old laptop


I have an old i386 IBM Thinkpad 365 laptop with 24megs of ram. I was wondering if there are any distros that would work good on this old of a computer? Peferably one that has a user friendly setup, or at least is easy to figure out (im still a linux newb T_T).

Thankyou for your time ^^
 
Old 02-03-2005, 02:59 PM   #2
secesh
Senior Member
 
Registered: Sep 2004
Location: Savannah, GA
Distribution: Ubuntu, Gentoo, Mythbuntu, ClarkConnect
Posts: 1,154

Rep: Reputation: 47
good luck -- the more user-friendly things get, the more demanding they get...

that's not a box i'd readily recommend a new linux user try and admin... it'll not work well with X (i'm guessing)

--you'll have to use something much more lightweight, and much less user friendly, like actual linux... at the console...
 
Old 02-03-2005, 03:00 PM   #3
thelenko
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: Mandrake 9.2
Posts: 18

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
I got win 95 working on the laptop, and my friend said he read somewhere someone got an old mandrake working on a cmp with 75mhz... so im hopeful^^ lol...
 
Old 02-03-2005, 06:04 PM   #4
somedude88
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Posts: 13

Rep: Reputation: 0
33mhz on win95, how long does it take from bootup to username logon?

lol ATA11! high speed!

Just curious, Derek
 
Old 02-03-2005, 06:28 PM   #5
thelenko
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: Mandrake 9.2
Posts: 18

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Ya I was mistaken its a i486.. (if thats where u determined hte mhz from..)

It didn't take to long to boot up win95 when I was trying it. Although when I tried windows 98 it ran slow.
 
Old 02-03-2005, 07:19 PM   #6
somedude88
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Posts: 13

Rep: Reputation: 0
ya I realized u misstyped that digit, i am actualy surprised, does your old laptop boot from a CD?, if not, what do you use to boot from cd's?
 
Old 02-03-2005, 08:35 PM   #7
thelenko
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: Mandrake 9.2
Posts: 18

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
hmm... maybe I'm wrong about my laptop? lol.... Donno what speed it is exactly T_T, not to familare what i486 and other stuff means

(all i know is its an IBM Thinkpad 365 and has 24megs or ram)

It boots windows from its 500meg harddrive, but I have an external cd drive.

Im thinking I may give up hope on the laptopt T_T. The keyboard has problems, batter doesnt work (needs to be plugged in), and the screen is really crappy (when stuff moves u see a long trail after it).
 
Old 02-03-2005, 09:39 PM   #8
somedude88
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Posts: 13

Rep: Reputation: 0
500mb hdd!?, lol, wow, I thought I was bad being interested in putting a linux server on a 133mhz and 5gb hdd.

Sounds like that things on its last legs, i'm sure its a 33mhz, I was just pointing out that some earlier motherboards wont boot from cd's.

How does that CDrom drive connect?, cant be USB, can it?


I was interested in buying a laptop, but dont have the money I was thinkin bout getting a 400mhz one since I cannot aford a modern one and running linux on it.
 
Old 02-03-2005, 11:31 PM   #9
thelenko
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: Mandrake 9.2
Posts: 18

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
lol this is more of a just for fun thing.. im not actualy thinking of careing this thing around (mideswell just carry a pad of paper in pen for what this laptop can do XD)
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best Laptop Distro northforkriver Linux - Laptop and Netbook 15 09-20-2009 07:29 AM
Distro for a old laptop nymusicman Linux - Newbie 35 11-16-2005 11:54 AM
Distro for an old laptop ro_nicu Linux - Laptop and Netbook 3 10-06-2005 05:49 PM
Best distro????? Laptop brando_1801 Linux - Laptop and Netbook 2 11-03-2004 02:56 AM
Best Laptop and Best Distro for it Please Ld.Ripper Linux - Laptop and Netbook 12 09-05-2003 11:06 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:23 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration