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Old 08-14-2002, 05:13 AM   #1
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RH 7.3 on IBM Thinkpad P233/64MEG

Ok, thought i'd give this a go and installing as i post this. Old machine yes, i'm keen to see how it will go. Bumping the RAM up to 96 soon when i get it in the post.
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Old 08-14-2002, 05:25 AM   #2
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I run RH 7.3 on my Dell Latitude PII laptop without too much trouble, only thing I havent coaxed into working yet is the soundcard, but otherwise I have to admit that I am well impressed with Linux as a laptop Operating system, especially as I regularly move between three distinct networks. reconfiguring Win2K every time I switched offices was a pain (leaving and joining the respective workgroups/domains).

I dont actually use office products that much day to day anyway, so the loss of a familiar WP or spreadsheet hasnt really applied but I do miss Outlook or would do if I didnt just rdesktop into another machine and run it from there.

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Old 08-14-2002, 05:59 AM   #3
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I dont plan to run too much on it, more of a learning tool for the moment, but i will certainly give many programs a go. i'll introduce it to the home network via a SMC EZ/Ethernet USB nic, which i already have so save me buying a pcmcia lan card.
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I run Mandrake 8.2, which in terms of size and functionality is pretty close to RH 7.3, on my old laptop. My old lappy's specs are: P120/72MB/2.1GB.

Yes, running bigger apps like KDE 3 or take a while to load, but it's been stable as a rock. Unfortunately, I'm pretty well capped at 72 MB, but I can tell you that the step from 40MB to 72MB made all the difference in stability. Your jump to 96MB should give you great joy !! Just be patient with these older machines and they will give you a great deal of usefulness.


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