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Old 10-30-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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Linux on HP OmniBook 2100

So I got an ancient HP OmniBook 2100, with the cd rom, floppy, etc..
I got it off one of my relatives. Anyways, it has only 128 mb of Ram and about 3.12 GB of Hard disk space. It has Windows 98 and I am wondering if it there is any good Linux distro or should I stick with Windows, since I can't reinstall if I get rid off it.

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Without upgrading the ram to at least 256mb to run Linux. Modern Browsers and flash are cpu and ram hogs.
is any good Linux distro
All linux distros are good depending on the end user. A base Debian,Slackware install will run on those specs.

Antix will run on it but 256mb of ram is recommended for a good user experience on a P2 laptop like yours running Iceweasel Browser.

Tiny Core Linux

is another option. But 256MB of ram upgrade I would still recommend for a pleasent experience.

I run Lighthouse Puppy 5.03 on a broke down lcd ibm a22m laptop but I upgraded the ram on it to 256MB from 64MB and run it as a full install instead of frugal install. Use a crt monitor on it till I fix the lcd screen. It runs wireless pcmcia card.

Here is a guy dualbooting Puppy 4.31 and Windows 2000 on a Compaq with about the same specs as you (a little more ram, (160MB)

/swap partition of 512MB will be a must have also. If you are not doing anything with it like upgrade the ram or hard drive and are worried about Windows 98.

or should I stick with Windows, since I can't reinstall if I get rid off it.
Then by all means keep Windows 98 on it unless you know how to make a backup image using Clonezilla or dd command of Windows 98 to a external drive. Or. Get a larger hardrive and clone Windows 98 from one drive to the other and then dual boot with a larger hard drive.

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The computer doesn't have enough ram to use clonezilla.
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I have an old Omnibook myself and I love mine, I have the one that has the scsi bus on it. Speaking from my experiences I had no trouble using Slackware on mine. Vector Linux has a lighter version called VL Lite which would work great if you run the jwm desktop.


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