Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Laptop and Netbook
User Name
Linux - Laptop and Netbook Having a problem installing or configuring Linux on your laptop? Need help running Linux on your netbook? This forum is for you. This forum is for any topics relating to Linux and either traditional laptops or netbooks (such as the Asus EEE PC, Everex CloudBook or MSI Wind).


  Search this Thread
Old 06-10-2005, 07:15 AM   #1
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Distribution: ubuntu
Posts: 68

Rep: Reputation: 15
Best Laptop Friendly Distro?

I'm running a Compaq Evo N600c laptop with a P-III M 1.2 and 256M Ram.
I'm sick and tired of XP and have successfully run Yoper on my desktop for a few months.

So I'm pulling the switch to Linux on the laptop. However, I have yet to find the right distro. I've tried Yoper, Mepis, DSL, Suse 9.2

Had problems setting up the wireless card with Suse (Netgear MA401). After much fiddling got it to work with Yoper & Mepis.

Can't get power management on any of them.

I don't have a lot of requirements. I'm going to use it for web browsing and some openoffice type stuff. Maybe a little gimp.

These are my requirements:
Power saving features (nothing like a hot notebook)
Fast boot time (would be nice)

Any recommendations? I'm not a real programmer, and I haven't had any success compiling kernels. I would like to do minimal work out of the box.
Old 06-10-2005, 09:54 AM   #2
LQ Newbie
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: 58 22' N 134 35' W
Distribution: Slackware | Debian | mostly
Posts: 27

Rep: Reputation: 15
User-friendly Linux

imho, the best *my-first-Linux-distro* there is.

have used it myself on laptops and have heard positive feedback from peers who range in experience with multiple distributions.

hardware detection is great.
Old 06-10-2005, 10:24 AM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: Apr 2005
Location: OZ
Distribution: Debian Sid
Posts: 4,734
Blog Entries: 12

Rep: Reputation: 462Reputation: 462Reputation: 462Reputation: 462Reputation: 462
Xandros installed and worked on my Dell C600 P3 700Mhz 256ram . It even had 3d acceleration with the ATI card from the moment I installed it.

The boot time is comparable to XP. Power management worked great for me.

You might want to take a look at Kanotix, there is a version just for laptops. It includes lots of laptop only tools and settings.


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
Most network friendly Distro? dtedrow Linux - Networking 1 08-01-2005 03:20 AM
Looking for an ATI-friendly Distro Sleepy_Sentry Linux - Hardware 2 01-23-2005 06:46 AM
Laptop friendly newbie Distro joshheald Linux - General 3 11-22-2004 09:34 AM
The most user-friendly distro XenoForce Linux - Newbie 12 10-08-2004 07:45 AM
Laptop friendly Distro? Gerrard Linux - General 4 08-17-2003 02:02 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Laptop and Netbook

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:48 PM.

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