[clug-talk] Linux distro for older laptop?

Bonnie Ferguson bferguson at cupe.ca
Sun Jan 30 17:02:55 PST 2005

Hi Shawn,
I am not familiar with all the system requirements you describe but it 
might be helpful to note that my experiences with Ubuntu (live cd) on 
the laptop and the installed version on a much older and more limited pc 
were very different.  The latter was better, faster but I don't know if 
it would make any difference on the networking problems.  Just a thought.

Shawn wrote:
> I'm looking for a decent distro to put onto an older laptop (Acer TravelMate 
> 512DX), with only a 4GB drive.  The target system will be used for software 
> development, so will need a development environment.  It should also have a 
> graphical interface, but doesn't strictly need KDE or Gnome (though the base 
> files might be needed for some of the development tools - KDevelop for 
> instance).  The disto should be pretty lean, but still robust enough to 
> handle the above tasks.
> Thus far, we've tried Suse 9.2, VidaLinux (install failed), and Ubuntu (Live 
> CD - networking problems with it).  We'll keep trying things over the 
> weekend, but maybe someone will have suggestions for another disto well 
> suited for this laptop?  (NOTE:  This is NOT a call for a distro war.. 
> <grins>)
> Thanks for any ideas.
> Shawn

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