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Old 12-23-2009, 12:25 PM   #1
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linux for old laptops, bottom line?


I've asked and searched many times for this, I'm sure some of your answers will be repeats. I have a P3 500mhz 192mb ram laptop (toshiba satellite) that I need to run x windows/gnome/linux in a wireless nic configuration (preferably wpa2), I have a usb b/g and pcmicia nic i can choose from. what are my real choices? I don't need DSL or busybox-like things, I want something I can actually work with.. any ideas?
 
Old 12-23-2009, 12:30 PM   #2
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If your requirement is Gnome, you're going to be hurting because it's a P-I-G. So is KDE for that matter on something with limited RAM.

Whenever I go with a minimalist system, I start with a bare bones Debian install. See this tutorial. Then I just add the packages I want.

On light systems, I have typically used IceWM in the past instead of KDE. Though I've been meaning to try LXDE. I never really cared for XFCE that much.

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Old 12-23-2009, 01:14 PM   #3
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If you're more a newby than a guru, I think that xubuntu is for you: easy as ubuntu but with XFCE
 
Old 12-23-2009, 01:22 PM   #4
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If you're more a newby than a guru, I think that xubuntu is for you: easy as ubuntu but with XFCE
i prefer something more advanced since I'm not a new user, more like an intermediate
 
Old 12-23-2009, 01:26 PM   #5
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Do a minimal debian or slackware install

I have a 192mb RAM toshiba 7000CT portege 4gb hd

and I have put on it many distros

crunchbang 9.04

debian with fluxbox/e17/lxde

slackware 13 with fluxbox

salixOS with xfce

all of those run good on it
 
Old 12-23-2009, 03:14 PM   #6
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i prefer something more advanced since I'm not a new user, more like an intermediate
In that case I would keep away from desktop environments completely. Just use a lightish a window manager. Some examples: fvwm, openbox, fluxbox, xfwm4, awesome, the list goes on.

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