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Old 02-09-2006, 07:52 AM   #1
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Linux Lite - recommendations please

I've persuaded a friend to let me install Linux on his secondary laptop - an old, tired Compaq Presario 1260 that has been chugging along on Windows ME.
While my first instinct was to stick with something tried and tested, like Ubuntu 5.10, I wondered if anyone has any recommendations for a really lightweight, fast distro that would make the most of his very low specs.
It would need to be able to run a Netgear WG511 wireless pcmcia card to connect to his wireless broadband modem/router, and also work with his HP printer.
Apart from that his requirements are very simple - to browse the web, do some writing... the usual basics.
Thanks in advance...
Old 02-09-2006, 08:02 AM   #2
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Is this 12.1 inch - CD-ROM - CPU: K6-2 - 333 MHz - HDD: 4 GB - 64 MB

I would say vector linux.
You will find dozen of thread on the subject.
look at distrowatch and
re wireless you can always install ndiswrapper whether the distro
has it included or not

PS: Allegdly Mandrivas work well with laptop, and you do
not need to run kde or gnome: a light weight desktop manager is
available. Consider this as an option as well

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