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Old 01-29-2008, 08:28 AM   #1
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Best distro for older laptop & need Skype to work

Hi all,

I am a complete newbie when it come to Linux

I have tried Knoppix (live cd) on my old laptop (IBM 570e) and all seems to work good. The only issue was I couldn't get my wireless card (DWL-G630) to log onto a secure network. I could get it to connect to a non secure network using the "configure wireless network card" program (can't remember what it was called).

I will need the distro to run with my wireless card, as well as running Skype (Skype works good on this laptop with XP so I know its fast enough, and using voice only, no video).

So keeping these things in mind, what would be a good distro to try (an actual install, not off a cd)?
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May I suggest you look on Personally, I'd suggest one of the *buntu distros preferably Xubuntu), but fedora or Mandriva with Xfce might work fine too (Be careful not to choke your hardware though). You might also take a look at DSL (Damn Small Linux). Your wireless card might work just fine with one of these distros.

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your card is based on the Atheros wireless chipset and should be well supported in Linux. I would also agree with the suggestion that you utilize a distro with lower resource requirements, and one that supports wireless encrption easily.

My suggestions, Xbuntu, AntiX, (based on Mepis,) PCLinuxOS, (originally based on Mandrake/Mandriva.) All three of these distros will run on more modest hardware, and all three support Atheros based wireless cards and encrypted wireless networking. Good luck, and post back here if you have further problems.

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Thanks for the help guys. All good suggestions
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Just wanted to update my progress. I tried Xubuntu, Mandriva, and PClinuxOS. The one that worked the best was PClinuxOS. It worked "out of the box" with my laptop (including the built in microphone) and also with Skype with minimal work.

PClinuxOS really does seem like windows, very similar and easy to get around for an old XP guy like myself (although it seems to run much better and faster on my old laptop) )


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