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    Low System Specs Laptop

    Currently, I'm running Intrepid on 2 desktops and 1 laptop.

    I have an older laptop (Sony Vaio Pentium III 600 Mhz 256 MB RAM - maxed out) that I would like to get an Ubuntu based distro on.

    What about installing Xubuntu and then using Flux as a window manager? Is that possible?
    This laptop will be used mainly for internet and managing mp3's over my Samba network.
    I've tried Puppy and DSL, but I'd prefer an Ubuntu derivative.

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    Re: Low System Specs Laptop

    sure you can do that. what model vaio you got?
    i'm using a old vaio pcg-f430, it's 450mhz 256mb ram.
    i run arch linux with jwm window manager.

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    Re: Low System Specs Laptop

    I believe it's the PCG-933A.
    It used to run Kubuntu 7.10 when my kids had it, but I gave them a better laptop (Dell Inspiron 5100 running Ubuntu 8.10).

    I just finished downloading Crunchbang Lite, but I'd still like to entertain suggestions on what people prefer.

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    Re: Low System Specs Laptop

    I have run Xubuntu Intrepid on an A20m Thinkapad with similar specs -- around 700Mhz but only 192MB of memory. I installed from the alternate CD since it has the smallest footprint of Ubuntu distros as I understand. I ran Xfce. I didn't use that machine for long or for any heavy processing, as I was setting it up for someone else, but it seemed just fine to me for desktop use. I observed a huge performance increase between 128 and 192MB of memory. Your 256MB should be plenty.
    Last edited by tarverator; May 9th, 2009 at 08:13 PM. Reason: forgot to mention Xfce; remembered model of Thinkpad

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    Re: Low System Specs Laptop

    Yeah, I won't be running anything intense on this laptop.

    What are your opinions on using Seamonkey in place of a standard Firefox install as my web browser?

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    Re: Low System Specs Laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by MartyBuntu View Post
    Yeah, I won't be running anything intense on this laptop.

    What are your opinions on using Seamonkey in place of a standard Firefox install as my web browser?
    firefox is better, i just finished messing with seamonkey for the last 2 days.
    they use about the same resource wise, so it's up to you.
    Last edited by kerry_s; May 15th, 2009 at 06:26 PM.

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    Re: Low System Specs Laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by MartyBuntu View Post
    Currently, I'm running Intrepid on 2 desktops and 1 laptop.

    I have an older laptop (Sony Vaio Pentium III 600 Mhz 256 MB RAM - maxed out) that I would like to get an Ubuntu based distro on.
    I have standard Ubuntu running on a laptop with the same amount of memory and much slower (PII 233MHz) processor.

    You'll need to use the alternate (text based) installer.

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    Re: Low System Specs Laptop

    In my opinion, Crunchbang is the finest Ubuntu-based distro you will find for those system specs. Enjoy!

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    Re: Low System Specs Laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by snowpine View Post
    in my opinion, crunchbang is the finest ubuntu-based distro you will find for those system specs. Enjoy!
    +99999 :d
    Toshiba Satellite Notebook L305D - 3GB DDR2 RAM - 320GB HD - DUAL BOOT: Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10

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    Re: Low System Specs Laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by snowpine View Post
    In my opinion, Crunchbang is the finest Ubuntu-based distro you will find for those system specs. Enjoy!
    I just ran the Crunchbang Lite Live CD...

    It's looking pretty good so far. I think I have found what I'm looking for. It's a toss up between Crunchbang and TinyMe.

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