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Old 08-06-2014, 02:53 AM   #1
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Hello to the group.
I am Pete Barth and have a small stack of disks I have always been afraid to use.
I just knocked the dust off of an old decent Toshiba laptop with Cat5, DVD player, USB's, 9 pin 232 port (for my ham radio updates) and of course a dead battery. AC wart does work.

I have disks for Ubuntu 9.04, Ubuntu 9.04 server and BackTrack 3.0.
I hope somebody here can point me in the best direction to start.
Old 08-06-2014, 03:03 AM   #2
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Hi, and welcome.

Ubuntu is a really good start for new Linux users. While the version you have should work, I recommend that you try and get your hands on a more recent version if possible. You can download the latest version from

I'm not familiar with BackTrack, but believe that it has been superseded by Kali Linux ( It is a specialised distribution, focused on security/forensics/penetration testing. This only makes sense if you're specifically interested in those tools. I would not recommend it as a general purpose OS for a new user.

Good luck, and enjoy!
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:05 AM   #3
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Hi and welcome to LQ!
Your Ubuntu disks are too old, which their supported is terminated in 2010! Now the new Ubuntu version is 14.04. And about backtrack, same issue. It is replaced by kali linux.
Anyway you should look at distrowatch and choose your distro. I don't know about CPU and RAM of your laptop but probably you need to use a distro with a lightweight desktop, like xfce.
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:26 PM   #4
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Thank you cliffordw.
I will get newer version of Ubuntu.
And thank you Kooru for the hint on using a lightweight desktop, like xfce with a older laptop.


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