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Old 10-06-2005, 11:50 AM   #1
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Distro for an old laptop

can anybody recommend a distro for an old AST ASCENTIA P series laptop (P166MMX, 32 MB RAM 3Gb HDD)? i would prefere something wich has a make command not like dsl, so i can add some software from sources ( like wireless drivers).
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Old 10-06-2005, 12:10 PM   #2
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Slackware. And check these sites for information about laptops...
Old 10-06-2005, 04:14 PM   #3
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I run Slackware on a Toshiba Libretto (P MMX, 166 MHz, 64 MB RAM) without problems. As windowmanager I use WindowLab or Fluxbox. It works quite good. Of course programs need a little bit to start but programs like mozilla, firefox, gaim, mplayer work quite good. I am able to watch DIVX/MPEG4-videos in 800x600 with mplayer, compiled for this machine and the avi-files ripped with a bitrate of 400. The CPU then runs with 80 to 85 % and the temperature is about 75 degrees. No problem at all.

It should be possible to run Slackware with 32 MB RAM, just try it.

And with kernel-headers and -sources installed I can compile every software from source (it takes some time, but it is possible).

So far,

Old 10-06-2005, 06:49 PM   #4
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I've had little problem with vector linux on my AST Ascentia 950N, 75mhz, 16mb ram.


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