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Old 03-31-2009, 07:23 PM   #1
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installing linux on ancient laptop

Question: Does anyone know of a good linux distiribtion for an old laptop that is available on floppy disk?

I got an old IBM Thinkpad 560 last year, just to do some writing and possibly surf online for stories.
Problem is, the previous owner (after demonstrating that it worked fine) asked me to format its hard drive. I did so, and found that the drivers for its (external) cdrom would be nigh-impossible to find and/or use, especially as all I own to install by floppy is Win 3.1 and DOS.

Now I'm very computer-literate, familiar with DOS and other command-line interfaces, and learn quickly, but have never worked with linux before other than helping my friends out with their systems. I'm not looking for a newbie-friendly distribution, but at the same time I probably won't know any terminology that is specific to Linux, and have no idea where to start my search.

Anyone know where I should be looking, and for what?

Follow-up: Should I just toss my "Sony CD-ROM Diskman Portable CD-Rom drive PRD-650", or is there a chance I will eventually find linux-friendly drivers for it? I almost think I should keep it as an antique or something.
Old 03-31-2009, 07:33 PM   #2
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About the only thing I'll be able to help with is a page with a bunch of different Linux distros that fit on a floppy.

The Linux Portal: Distributions/Floppy
Floppy/CD Linux Distros

As for the external CD, I say keep it. You may find a driver around somewhere.
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Is it a 560z?
Does it have a USB port?
What's the specs?
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