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Old 01-08-2009, 08:53 PM   #1
William (Dthdealer)
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What is the best distro for an IBM Think-pad 600?

Hello, this is my first post on these forums. I've never seen a community so large but highly unbiased on anything except the superiority of Linux to all other commercial operating systems

Currently I have an old 1998 IBM Think-pad 600 laptop that I want to repartition in 2 two 2.25 gb partitions and one 500mb swap partition, one for windows 98 (because TA never works well under WINE) and a Linux distribution. If any space is left over, I'll install GRUB to its own partition, else to the Linux one.

It currently has:
  • A 300mhz processor
  • 98mb of single-channel RAM
  • 1024x768 dimmable LCD display (probably 16-bit)
  • Stereo inbuilt 22khz speakers
  • Internet access only via USB cable or dialup (don't have)
  • Swappable 3&1/2inch floppy drive and 16x read-only cd drive
  • A dead battery (getting a new one)
  • A single USB 1.1 port
I'm looking for a distribution that either uses or can use JWM, fluxbox, ratpoison or blackbox and is under a gigabyte when installed. Gnome and KDE are definitely not options, and Xcfe looks uglier than Vista.

The only reason I haven't gone with Puppy is because its repository for console-applications is counted in single-digits and I'm probably not going to be running X - instead doing my work from the console with frame-buffer enabled to increase battery life.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

EDIT: Sorry, wrong subforum. Should be in the laptop section

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Old 01-08-2009, 10:09 PM   #2
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I have exactly the same box, I use gentoo on it, and have it running as a combination file/web/mail server in a corner somewhere. Previously I have had Ubuntu running on it with full gnome (minus beryl etc. ) but it wasn't brilliantly quick.

The beauty of linux is that you may use whichever distro you're comfortable with, in any config you want to try. If you want to use fedora on it, go for it, just use whichever login manager and desktop environment/manager you want
Old 01-09-2009, 12:29 AM   #3
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Thanks james, I'll try Gentoo.


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