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Old 05-25-2009, 04:00 PM   #1
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Question Installing SUSE on an old laptop

As a Linux newbie, I have a Suse 11.1 distro disk and want to install it on the following laptop:-
Toshiba 1640
RAM 192 Mb (max)
HD 40 Gb
Proc AMD K6 (475 Mhz)

At present, the pc is running XP home (SP2) with the HD split into two 20 Gb drives (C + D).

The crux of the question, is will it run ?.

Thanks in anticipation Viv (gw7hom - ham radio rules OK)
Old 05-25-2009, 04:18 PM   #2
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Well, probably not without a little work; what I mean by that is right out of the box, the hardware you have probably wont support it, you'll fill your RAM very quickly and load averages will be through the roof.

You could install it and make some changes, however- the basic Linux system contains the kernel (which is called Linux), and a shell on top. For the pretty GUI stuff you have something called the Xserver. (X because its the letter after W, W being short for 'Window' and W being the first windows manager). On top of X you generally have a Desktop Environment.

Desktop environments are generally very, very heavy, so do a quick google search for instructions for installing a lightweight desktop environment, such as Fluxbox (Mouse Driven) or perhaps rat poison (Keyboard Driven). Following the general instructions and practices for 'Green Computing' generally helps; the same principle of setting certains things certain ways to 'save mother Earth' also help save your processor and RAM.

If you're installing linux on this, I'd recommend as light a system as you can, maybe not doing any heavy duty custom OpenOffice compilations whilst performing concurrent data carving on a RAID system
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Or you could leave out the GUI altogether. This is commonly done with servers, but whether it would satisfy your requirements is another question.

I think you are below the quoted minimum memory requirements for 11.1, but I have had success before with a laptop (slightly) below the minimum ram requirements, so that might not necessarily be a show stopper.

A lowish memory requirement UI might be what you want (XFCE, Enlightenment, LXDE, really anything other than kde/gnome...) or a distro actually intended for this kind of use might be even better (dsl, puppy...).

It depends a bit on what you want to do once you have the system started and how patient you are prepared to be.


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