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Old 09-27-2003, 04:25 AM   #1
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Do i need a special distro for my Laptop?

hey, i recieved a second-hand laptop (kinda old - IBM ThinkPad 600E) and it has a Windows98 and XP on it (yuck!).
do i need to install a special linux distribution for it? or all of the distributions will work?
and what's the laptop's architecture?
Old 09-27-2003, 04:43 AM   #2
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SuSE all the way;
Old 09-27-2003, 04:59 AM   #3
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but you know that SuSE works on this machine (IBM ThinkPad 600E) ?
i have at the moment SuSE 8.2 on my PC machine and very setisfied from it.
but i think i want something different on the Lap.
Maybe Debian? ---
Old 09-27-2003, 05:07 AM   #4
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check this link out.

there's like 5 (6?) entries of that model listed here. the first link is a debian 3 install, but i don't see why any version greater than 3 would be any different.

also from the first link, it would seem like mandrake could be installed on that model. the rest of the links seem to be redhat 7.3 installs.
Old 09-27-2003, 05:13 AM   #5
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ok i think i will go on Debian... 10x all...
Old 09-27-2003, 11:18 AM   #6
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"and what's the laptop's architecture?"

The PII is i686, which means you could probably install any ix86 Linux distro on it.

The main thing is you'll want to use a GUI other than KDE or GNOME if you want decent performance.

And SuSE apparently does ok on older hardware.


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