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Old 11-30-2009, 05:08 PM   #1
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Need help with finding an OS for my pentium 120 laptop w/40mg ram.

Hey everybody,

I have a Fujitsu Lifebook laptop that I paid $3200 for in 1996. The problem is that it's still in perfect condition and I would like to get some more use out of it.

11.0" full color tft screen
40mg ram
pentium 120 processor
3gb hard drive
cd rom
external floppy
Runs windows 98 easily but is kind of slow compared to newer systems.

I would like to find a Linux OS for it that would provide a windows type gui so that I could actually use it to do things, email, web, etc. (because I'm still inexperienced with linux and the command line would not do to start off with.)

Although I have had a red hat partition on a past desktop, I still consider myself a newbie with linux but would like to get into it further.

I've looked at damn small linux and was wondering if anyone here could point me to the best fit for my situation.

Is there another linux like damn small linux that I should look at?
What are your thoughts, besides why this post is soo long?

Really appreciate any help and thank you in advance for it.

Old 12-01-2009, 01:37 PM   #2
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Tiny Core, Kolibri, Damn Small, and Puppy Linux.

Reviews here and here. Also check them out at DistroWatch; I can't find reviews for the rest of these here at LQ.

Kolibri runs in as little as 10MB. All of these micro-distros have a slightly different way of doing things than typical mainstream distros. As you said you're still green with respect to that it shouldn't be a problem for you; just something to keep in mind.
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I'll look at those much appreciated. Hoping that someone here will have had the same situation and has more experience with the Os than I do. Just trying to get ahead of the game before I jump in.
Old 12-04-2009, 05:26 PM   #4
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I always suggest Mepis Antix first, then the tiny distros.
Old 12-04-2009, 09:25 PM   #5
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Take a look at puppy linux. It is small, lightweight & fast. It also is a livecd if you can boot from cdrom.


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