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Old 07-23-2003, 02:59 AM   #1
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Debian or Slackware

Here's the deal. I have an IBM Thinkpad 380XD, with 96mb of mem, 2gb HD, I think 2mb video card, Xircom 10/100 Nic/56k Modem and a 24x cd drive.

I currently have Win98 & Vectorlinux 2.0 installed on it. VL works great but I never did get the modem part to work and I bought a supposely hardware Zonet modem and couldn't get it to work either.

I have cable net access so I believe I can get the nic part working because I have a 3com nic, and I can network with my tower system, but I would like to get the modem part working when I"m not on the network.

Now I wanna install a newer distro and undecided which one to install, Debian 3.0 or Slack 9.0, which do you think I should install?

Any ideas/suggestions are welcome, but only one of these two choices for distro!

Old 07-23-2003, 08:21 PM   #2
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if you want a newer distro go with slackware. the packages in debians latest are the ones still in slackware 8. i get a new slackware current every once in a while and am very bias to slackware (i have used debian before, it is the only way to go with linux on non-x86). just my 2 cents, debian is easier to update...but slackware doesn't need updates as often (because it's actually current)

Old 07-25-2003, 12:02 AM   #3
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Slackware is also infinitely simpler than Debian in that its package manager is simply an automated script for compiled .tgz files.
On the other hand, with its 8,000 packages, I often find myself using alien to convert .deb packages to .tgz just so I can have a good variety of stuff on my system. I wish you the best of luck in finding a distro that you like!
Old 07-26-2003, 01:14 PM   #4
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Yeah, I got Slack 9 on my tower system and really like it alot but I'm still leaning towards doing a base install of Debian Woody and then upgrade it to Sid. I kinda like the apt-get to do most of the work for you, since this is a laptop and I have high speed net access.


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