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Old 05-15-2005, 11:08 PM   #1
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toshiba satillite 1555cds

I have checked as many web sights that I can find for information on linux distro's and trying to understand. I know that I have no idea of what is being said at times, but I still read the forums, the answers, and the follow ups. I have registered with as many linux sights as possible trying to retrieve information.

I own a toshiba satillite 1555cds
AMD 380MHz K6-2 prosessor
160 mb ram

I am trying to find out what distro' would be good, I would be able to learn from, modify, and in the end get rid of windows for good. There are so many choices, but I am either dumb or just don't get it. I have ordered DSL, and Ubuntu. I will be ordering others in the days to come. I have no Idea of what to do next, I registered with you, Disto Watch, DSL, Ubuntu,
Just Linuxm and others. So far I guess I am just not understanding`.

Thanks, beekers
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There are many many "which distro" threads on LQ. Doing a search will give you tons of things to think about. Another thing to try, and less direct, would be to search this board for "Toshiba Satellite" problems ... then look for the distro with the fewest

For a total newbie, always go with one of the big ones. Once you're used to it, then you can start playing around with the others.
Use Fedora Core 3 (4 real soon) - very newbie freindly, though a little on the fat side if you don't look out.
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You might want to try a handful of live-cd's. These run off the CD-ROM drive and don't actually install to your harddrive. You can see if they detect all your hardware without installing them. Then, if you find one that you like, in most cases you can install it to your harddrive.

Go to and check out Ubuntu and Slax. These two are a little lighter in resource requirements than some others like Mepis and PCLOS. They have pretty easy installers if you like them.

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Re: toshiba satillite 1555cds

Originally posted by beekers

I own a toshiba satillite 1555cds
AMD 380MHz K6-2 prosessor
160 mb ram
I am trying to find out what distro' would be good,
The hardware is not state-of-the-art, so there would be not many problems.

The first thing you need is to see if everything works and if you get what you expect from Linux.

So a good point to start is Ububtu using the LiveCD, but as a stone-old KDE user and supporter I would be dishonest with myself if I don't recommend you Knoppix, another LiveCD based distro but using the KDE desktop environment instead of Gnome. Gnome is nice, but KDE is IMHO much more intuitive, and why not, plain funnier.

Note: A LiveCD is an operating system that you can use w/o installing anything, just put in in the tray, reboot and if your BIOS
is set to boot from CDROM you will have it. Once you are ready with testing, reboot, take the LiveCD off the tray and you have your old OS back.

As Knoppix is specially designed to be used on laptops hardware recognition should work better. Not that Ubuntu does a bad job, but there are some specific Toshiba modules which I know are present in Knoppix and ignore if they are also available on Ubuntu.

Once you have tested everything and if you are satisfied and want to install a distro into your harddrive I would recommend SUSE, as it has the best system management application around: YAST, which let's you use and administrate Linux in a very easy way, but which is also an industrial strength app. You can thus set up easily a very fine tuned system and learn about Linux reading the two magnificent companion books, the SUSE User Guide and the SUSE System Administrator Guide, using YAST's graphical interfaces as your testbed. You will be for example able o set up an Apache2 web server in 10 minutes (counting popping by at the WC and getting some cold beer). This is ideal when you are also studying web development as you can use your own CGI scripts, java applets and the like.

But if you aren't faint of heart and are willing to learn the hell out of a Linux system, you should definitely try to come into the Secret Sect of Woshippers of Larry The Cow, where things are done like they used to be when men where men and textfiles where written in binary.
Old 05-16-2005, 02:41 PM   #5
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I want to thank everyone for the suggestions on distro's. I do check all the forums and answers that I can, about half of it is over my head-but I am willing to learn. I have Untunbu on order and DSL. I knew it wouldn't be easy, but from what I have read, heard, and talking to others it is well worth the effort,

Thanks, beekers


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