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Re: [vox-tech] Need some help choosing a linux flavor for an oldlaptop

On Tuesday 20 June 2006 00:34, Kyle Oliveira wrote:
> I'm helping a friend upgrade an old Inspiron 3000 so she can check
> email and do Word documents while she's in France. I decided to run
> linux as the OS since I've heard it's more efficient that windows in
> that sort of situation and I've kinda narrowed it down to three
> options: cAos (because it's supposedly good with older hardware),
> MEPIS (same reason, plus I heard it does networking stuff well), and
> Mandriva (simply because Matloff's walkthrough is easily available).
> I was wondering which one would be the best to install considering:
> *The laptop is running on a Pentium I with 128 MB of RAM. It also has
> a *blank* 30 GB hard drive

Any distribution should support this about equally well -- you may want 
a somewhat stripped down desktop environment for speed.

> *There is no RJ-45 port, per se - we have a USB to RJ 45 adaptor and
> a PCMCIA 56k modem

Any distribution should have the same support for these.

> *The installation needs to be fairly easy, she's already in France
> with all the equipment. I'll probably be leading her through the
> installation through some sort of written walkthrough (if you know
> where to get one, that'd be nice too) and talking on the phone.

You might consider Ubuntu.

--Ken Bloom

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