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Friday, March 10, 2006

question for seumas

What's a good linux distro for an 800Mhz 512MB laptop. Just want to websurf and wordprocess - can you provide a URL to the ISO files?

8 comments:

phaemon said...

The last one I tried on a lower spec laptop was VectorLinux. Ran nice and fast, especially when using icewm and rox rather than KDE. Download from here.

The only difficulty I had with it was getting the wireless working. Some chipsets are notoriously bad for their Linux support, so you may want to try it out beforehand (I got a pcmcia card with the rt2500 chipset which has good, open drivers). Maybe try a livecd to see how it works.

john said...

cheers seumas - will give it a go shortly. i've got lots of other distros on magazine dvds but am a bit concerned at how much horsepower they will need to run the GUI.

Colin said...

I don't understand this either Tom! :)

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phaemon said...

Well, if you want a recommendation for a beginner, I'd go with a livecd of Ubuntu. A livecd just gives you an file called an "iso" that you then burn to cd-r. From there, you just boot your computer from the CD and see what you've got.

Obviously it's a bit slower running from CD than running from harddrive but it's a safe way of trying Linux without having to install anything.

Colin said...

Cheers - might give that a go.

Colin said...

Here's one for Seumas.