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Old 02-24-2004, 10:54 PM   #1
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Distribution: mandrake 9.2
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what distro should i use?

ok here's the deal.. i have a Zenith Data Systems Z-Noteflex laptop

i know it's old as dirt but it was free so i figured why not.. my question is what linux distro should i put on it? it has something like 340 mbs of HDD space.. and very little ram lol

i tried putting debian on it.. and it installed ok i guess.. but it won't boot lol.. it won't even boot from the bootdisk i made when installing .. so i guess debian is out of the question...

all i'm really interested in this laptop is for some basic ssh access to my home machines or even some very minor ftp stuff.. so a real bare bones setup would be fine... any ideas? ppl?

if you need to know the exact specifications of the unit they can be found here

at zdsparts[dot]com/znotfpsp[dot]htm

at least i think those are the specifications lol.. they seem pretty close from what i have read...

so any suggestions on which distro to use would be greatly appreciated.. i'm just looking to have a handy way to ssh into my home computers when i'm not at home lol

thanks in advance
Old 02-25-2004, 04:58 AM   #2
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You should put slackware on that...thing. You can strip it down during the install easily, and more later if you want...and it's fast. If you haven't used slackware before, you'll learn a lot more about your mandrake box after using it for a bit, too.
Old 02-25-2004, 06:35 PM   #3
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Slack notebook

I agree totally, especially being a die hard Slacker! Every version of Slackware ever made is still available on their web site, so if the most current one is too much, you can always try an older version. The Slack install is easy, and it is very easy to configure. Yes, you will learn about it because all configuration is done by hand, but it's the best way to learn.



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