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Linux Linux on a p3 laptop, w/o a cd drive?

Discussion in 'Software' started by arrowswake, 26 Mar 2005.

  1. arrowswake

    arrowswake What's a Dremel?

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    I just went back home, and found an old pentium 3 IBM thinkpad laptop, with 128mb ram. It's in working condition, but it just has a floppy drive, because I can't find the CD drive for it.

    I'd love to put linux on this, just to use for openoffice, some music, aim, and web surfing. What distro would be good to use, on a computer that isn't quite up to date? In addition, what wm should I use? Would KDE or Gnome run well on this?

    And finally, how would I go about actually installing it? Is it possible to do a network install or something (I have no idea how that works, but I'd be up to learning if it would work). I'm not looking for a distro that fits on a floppy, but if I could network install it from a floppy or something, that would work. I COULD get my hands on a USB cd-rom drive, just for the installation, but I couldn't do that until next week sometime, and I'd like to get this done asap.

    Ideas? Suggestions?
     
  2. trigger

    trigger Procrastinator

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    Various distros have a network install option, notably Debian; though I've never used it so can't say how easy it is.

    As far as win managers go you could probably get away with KDE or Gnome but I would use something a little more lighweight, like Fluxbox myself (I use fluxbox on my Centrino laptop, purely because it is so fast).
     
  3. Pygo

    Pygo Rick Relixed

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    I'd suggest slackware, since I know it the most. I know there is some way to do a network install. and yes, you'd use a floppy. download the root disks, and have a read up on the install, and what not. don't have time to explain too much more now. might have some time tomorow, as its a day off :)

    and I would suggest gnome for that lappy. Runs nicer imo. (esp. on older machines).
     
  4. arrowswake

    arrowswake What's a Dremel?

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    Looks like it's gonna be Debian with the network install, and I'll try fluxbox, since I tried bb4win, and it's basically the same thing, and I loved it.

    I just hope that everything works fine on the pentium 3, 450mhz, 128 ram, 5gb hard drive lappy, heh.

    edit: How do I go about installing fluxbox? For bb4win, you just install windows, and then install it over explorer. Should I install kde, as it says it has full support for that, and then install over that? Or how else could I go about doing it?
     
  5. arrowswake

    arrowswake What's a Dremel?

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    Actually, I just found the CD-ROM drive. Now that I don't need the network install option, what would be the best distro, to use fluxbox with, that would run quickly, just for openoffice, instant messaging, and websurfing, maybe some fooling around in linux?
     
  6. Go4t

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    gentoo stage1
    it can be a hassle but its a great distro
     
  7. WTF_Shelley

    WTF_Shelley The picture is wheeljack

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    Ive got Ubuntu 4.10 on my Thinkpad x24 and i works like a charm. It install in 30 minites and updates automaticly from the internet. It picked up my wifi automaticly. :eeek:

    On a side note i would used the afor mention Fluxbox.

    Also as a clinching argument it using APT and Synaptic GUI front end.

    I dont think Gentoo and Slackware is a valid starter distro, yes its fast and good once its running but im not willing to leave my laptop running 24 hours at 100% to compile from source :eeek:
     
  8. Pygo

    Pygo Rick Relixed

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  9. ozstrike

    ozstrike yip yip yip yip

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    Slightly off topic, but is a P3 700 with i think 128mb ram (old acer laptop) good enough to run linux with a proper GUI (im not into all the command line stuff). I'd just use it for web browsing and msn. I already have SuSe 9.1 and i was thinkin of putting it on there.
     
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    it should run just fine, might not multitask very well but with just web/im there shouldnt be any problems
     
  11. ozstrike

    ozstrike yip yip yip yip

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    Thanks, I might use it to play a few mp3s. That be OK?
    If i can get it, I might see if I can buy another stick of RAM for it, as it's upgradeable. I think that would help a bit, right?
     
  12. ciaran.mooney

    ciaran.mooney Minimodder

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    If your laptop is *just* going to be a MP3 jukebox, then 128mb of ram will be fine.
     
  13. ozstrike

    ozstrike yip yip yip yip

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    It doesnt really matter too much, it's more for the web browsing and msn, so im not stuck at my desk all the time. Thanks guys.
     
  14. bwgames

    bwgames Minimodder

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    I'd recommend Ubuntu. its the bees knees.
     
  15. WTF_Shelley

    WTF_Shelley The picture is wheeljack

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    Damn straight

    btw just updated to 5.04 still just a stable but with gnome 2.10 goodness
     
  16. centered effect

    centered effect What's a Dremel?

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    For that system I would still do a Debian netinstall, the cd is only 100 something MB and you can choose what you need, Ubuntu installs the base Ubuntu system, which is alot if resources are limited.
     
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