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Old 01-24-2005, 08:04 PM   #1
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Old laptop, looking for a suitable distribution

I have this old piece of crap laptop that I bought five or six years ago, it has a 400MHz AMD K6-2 Processor, 32MB of SDRAM and a 4GB HDD - I'm looking for a basic Linux distribution that it might be capable of running.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
Old 01-24-2005, 08:46 PM   #2
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Damn Small, Tiny, Peanut... there are plenty of distros that are designed for the older end of the hardware spectrum, but to be honest you could probably get away with most distros as long as you steer clear of the resource hungery desktop managers, e.g. KDE or Gnome, and instead use Fluxbox, Icewm or Xfce.

I've had Mandrake 7.2, Knoppix 3.4 and Debian Woody running on a nearly equivalent laptop for years.


Old 01-25-2005, 12:34 AM   #3
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I've heard good things about vector linux on old computers, but I've not tried it.
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clicky clicky
Old 01-27-2005, 04:28 AM   #5
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Cheap and easy

Rock on Rob ...

The easiest for even a perpetual noob like me has proven to be Mandrake 9.2.

It installs on every machine I ever used since it came out.

I know, I know - its somewhere linux online as an image - my burner hasn't worked for awhile ( hardware issue ) - it is just easier for me to spend the $7 and support cheapbytes ...

The only tweak I had to configure was for my Omnibook 900B ( F1 - linux noapic nolapic ).

It repartitions easily, formats everything except ntfs ( so I made sure all ms on my network use FAT ), configures 90% of peripherals, throws no curves ...

Once up, you can graphically configure just about anything ...

Bottom line is that it works great if you are moving away from proprietary OSs.

Old 01-27-2005, 04:32 AM   #6
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Hardly a piece of cr*p. It would install any distro, tho MDK 9.2 would be a good choice. I put 9.2 on a P150 with 32meg ram recently, but KDE was sluggish until I upgraded to 64 meg ram, so you might want a light WM rather than KDE...

Old PC's that you may really have trouble with are things like an AMD 386sx25. I recently did get this to boot small-linux and it ran, but I was only able to find 3 meg of working ram and no suitable HDD...


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