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Old 02-04-2007, 11:44 PM   #1
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Looking to install linux on my laptop, need advice on distro

I have an old Compaq Presario 700 laptop that I want to install a linux disto on and could use some advice on what distribution I should use.

Laptop specs:
500Mhz Processor
128 MB RAM
S3 Integrated Graphics
20GB Hard drive

I do plan on upgrading the memory ASAP.

I'm currently running Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake on it and the performance is quite sluggish. I know this is partially due to the amount of RAM that I have in the machine but surely there is a more appropriate distribution available that would more suit the computer.

Any ideas?
Old 02-05-2007, 12:12 AM   #2
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I currently have an IBM 600E (PII-400, 128 Megs RAM, 6GB HD) and have been experimenting with various distros on it.

With my laptop Slackware would not install for various reasons, possibly hardware related. Puppy works great, even running from a CD. DSL also ran well from the CD, but personally I just prefer Puppy. Both Puppy and DSL found all the hardware etc, and my wireless connection in Puppy took less than 5 minutes to set up

Puppy is about 83 megs, complete, while DSL is 50 megs, also complete. Personally I was quite surprised by just how complete a desktop you could get in less than 100 megs.



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