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Old 01-06-2006, 09:43 PM   #1
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a linux operating system that will run OK on my laptop

so i got a laptop.
specs: 300mhz pII, 224mb RAM, 5 gb hard drive. Its and IBM thinkpad 600.

I just need to know a few popular linux distros and versions that will run decently on this laptop. Any suggestions? Thank you for your time.
Old 01-06-2006, 10:02 PM   #2
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Anything will run, but a heavy gui will be on the slow side. You have enough ram at least. You could use the easy distros like suse/mandrake, but you may find the best performance if you use a light window manager like blackbox or icewm or windowmaker rather than kde... You could use kde if you turn off some of the heavier things like background jpgs and such...
Old 01-06-2006, 10:04 PM   #3
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I'm a big advocate of Fluxbox, even on my high-powered machines

Most any distro will work fine for you, I happen to be a fan of Slackware if you don't mind getting your hands a bit dirty!
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You can try Ubuntu, it's very lightweighted.

Old 01-07-2006, 01:00 AM   #5
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I have a Dell latitude 266mhz/128meg ram/6gig hard drive

It does a faceplant if you try new Suse, Mandriva, Slack, any distro if you are intent on running kde..........except for two that I have found. Vector runs not too bad, used it for about a year. Just tried Slax, and was knocked over. Slax running kde, added firefox 1.5, java and a few other modules and it was opening appz faster than it could with Win98se. No kidding, it is really fast. There is an installer script on the live cd to install it to hard drive if you so choose, which I did. I suggest you try out the live disk on your laptop, even if you install other distros to the hard drive to try out, I think you will be very impressed.
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