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Well my friend gave me his old laptop, which is older than a thinkpad (Has no USB ports at all), this is an old Gateway 2000 Solo 2100, with Windows 98 on it, so I switched the hard drive out, (4GB, gotta be kidding me) and put this 40GB I have, and it takes IDE hard drives, but replacing it was pretty easy except for the screws were stuck, and 1 was stripped, but I got it, and the optical disk drive is so easy to takeout.

Anyway idk the specs on this much, but I was wondering what Linux distro should I install on this I like DSL, and TinyCore Linux, but can't connect to the internet (gotta know server names, and crap, and all I know is TSUNAMI2 is what I want and the password, also I connect wirelessly, and we have a wireless router here somewhere in the basement), TinyCore so far ran the best, but Ubuntu won't work, and Puppy Linux just stays at the boot screen, so any ideas of a distro to put on there, were it'd run the most efficient. (It doesn't have a whole lot of RAM though like 64MB, but ruff estimate)

asked Jan 10 '11 at 14:31

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edited Jan 10 '11 at 18:02

Something small like TinyCore or Puppy Linux would be best. You want something with as small a footprint as possible. Even with something that small, you won't be able to do much. I'd recommend that you upgrade the RAM to 512MB at the very least, and then installing a more mainstream distro like Debian, Ubuntu, or Fedora.

answered Jan 10 '11 at 14:53

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DSL would probably work but i'd recommend XP.

answered Jan 10 '11 at 14:36

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With 64MB of ram you are going to have a very hard time getting an OS for it. Perhaps upgrade it to 1Gb, or even 512mb?

answered Jan 10 '11 at 14:44

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Just do a little research and you'll find what you need. Here's a link to get you started. Distro Watch

answered Jan 10 '11 at 14:59

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I would look at these Ubuntu variants. They make very light versions of Ubuntu. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_distributions#Ubuntu-based

answered Jan 10 '11 at 15:48

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Anthony Guidetti

windows 95/98 but i dont recommend them damn small linux or another distro that is know for its small size would also work.

answered Jan 10 '11 at 15:57

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I would say use N-Lite to create a super stripped down version of XP. If that does not work, use DSL or puppy linux.

answered Jan 10 '11 at 16:16

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Well like I said Puppy stays at the boot loader (3 hours, and just sat there so I'm not gonna bother)

DSL, and TinyCore I have problems connecting to the internet (as said in the description of my question all the way at the top)

TinyCore so far as been the only Linux distro to actually boot into it, I'm gonna give Jolicloud a try, and see if that works.

answered Jan 10 '11 at 18:35

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Well Jolicloud didn't work, was stuck at the boot screen about the kernel requiring cmov. Anyway I decided to put TinyCore Linux as that was the only OS I got to run on this damn thing other then Windows 98 that was preinstalled on it. Wish I could put Mac OS 9 on it, but for legal reasons I can't. (I'm not a big fan of piracy)

answered Jan 10 '11 at 22:54

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