__/ [ The Ghost In The Machine ] on Friday 19 May 2006 20:00 \__
> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy Schestowitz
> on Fri, 19 May 2006 17:50:45 +0100
>> A Linux Distribution for an Old Laptop
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | D. Travis North found himself in need for a Linux Distribution on his
>> | old laptop, so he started testing different distributions on his
>> | machine, read on to see the results he got...
> A few observations.
>  How old is a laptop if it runs WinXP [*]? :-) 10 GB,
> 800 MHz Celeron, 128MB RAM is admittedly a bit behind the
> times, but not that far behind; I've got older desktops
> (my current server system for instance is a 400 MHz Pentium
> III w/320MB; my "power game machine" is a 1.4 GHz Athlon
>  He likes Gentoo (8/10). :-) Granted, he had issues,
> but then laptops apparently always have issues.
>  He did not like Fedora (2/10) and Ubuntu/Kubuntu
> (3/10), for much the same reason; their installers
> didn't have a basic check for disk space. (Neither does
> Gentoo, but at least the Gentoo Handbook warned him,
> apparently. :-) )
>  OpenSUSE/YAST (8/10) liked his wireless card, and now
> supports the Linux Standard Base.
>  Vector(6/10), a Slackware derivative, worked reasonably
> well, except that the LILO file generation apparently gave
> his system a minor headache.
> He went with Gentoo (presumably mostly because he could
> support the laptop from his existing Gentoo server),
> but OpenSUSE was a very strong contender.
You must have been very pleased when you read this. I never thought of Gentoo
as a prominent contender, but more of a ricer's choice (due to stereotypes,
> All in all, a balanced article.
> [*] OK, "run" might be a bit strong in this context. Maybe "crawl",
> "slither", or "limp" would have been better choices. :-) I don't
> see Vista in this laptop's future, though -- not with 10 GB of
> hard drive space.
The minimum is 15 GB, if I recall correctly.
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