Best Linux Distro for old laptop

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Mar 17, 2007
  1. melloncollie
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    I was just wondering which would be the best linux distro for a laptop with these specs:

    - 267MHz Intel Pentium II Processor
    - 64 MB RAM
    - 6GB HDD

    Oh, and it's a Dell Latitude Cpi D266XT.
    Thanks for any help.

    P.S. I've already tried d Puppy Linux but, I want a linux distro that doesn't run off of a live CD or RAM directly.
    Thanks again.
     
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    Yeah, I got it for free and thought it'd be a nice Linux computer.

    Thanks. I'll try DSL.
     
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    Funny, I'm setting up a Dell 366xt pentium II lappy right now, and wonderinig what linux to put on it myself.
    .. how synchronius. [​IMG]
     
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    Ha, very nice.
    And indeed very synchronous.
     
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    Former Staff mthrnite So it goes.

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    Yeah, it's got WindowsXP loaded on it now...
    .. and the owner is wondering why it's so slow. [​IMG]
     
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    You can use a lot of distros with such a laptop if you leave out some resource hogers ( like KDE ). Definitely a binary distribution. Things like Ubuntu jumps to my minds right now. You could even turn a GenToo into a binary distribution ( use the bin-only flag ). Mandriva could also be not bad. Just stick to "XFCE4" as window manager and have roughly 256M as swap drive and you should be fine.
     
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    Check out Xubuntu
     
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    I've had good success with Puppy, DSL, and Xubuntu.
     
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    Ok, got Xubuntu up and running on the lappy I'm working on.
    Dell Lat, 366 MHz PII w/ 64MB ram and a 4GB HD
    A bit labored due I'm guessing to the small amount of mem, but nothing like XP. I'm liking Xubuntu, nice and clean.
    Tomorrow I'm off to Tiger Direct for a PCMCIA modem.. if I can get it set up for dial-up internet, the little old lady across the street will be very happy...
    .. and I'll be done with this sluggish piece o' crap.

    So how's your's doin' melloncollie? How'd the DSL install go?
     
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    I've been thinking about having a linux laptop, only problem is mine is a gaming laptop...so I don't wanna really do it completely. Maybe one day I'll sell it and buy a nice lil one with some bad ass battery life as opposed to this monstrous thing.
     

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