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July 22nd, 2009, 09:17 PM

One of my neighbours asked me to install an OS on his old netbook.
His requirements are:
- a wireless usb so he can connect to the internet (plus browser)
- a music player
He plans to give it to his child, to play around with.

I was wondering if i could install a linux distro on this notebook. Which disto is best suited for old mini notebooks? I like ubuntu but haven't tried it on such a small screen before and the ubuntu netbook remix looks to have too high minimum specs.

How you guys can help me:
- How do i install a linux distro with a usb stick?
- Which disto do you recommend for this netbook.

Information of readboy
- Processor: SAMSUNG, ARM-ARM920
- Memory: 29529kb RAM
- Current OS: Windows CE version 5.0
- Description: Mini Notebook Computer
- Model: X5
- Adapter: 10V - 2500mA
- Battery: 7.4 Lithium battery
- Capacity: 1500mAh
- Execution standard: GB/T18287-2000

July 22nd, 2009, 10:02 PM
Does it have a hard disk? With 29 Mb of memory, you will have to look for really low requirement systems. Basic Linux (http://www.volny.cz/basiclinux/) might be something to try. There is also DSL (Damn Small Linux) (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/). I have used this last one, and it is pretty good.

July 23rd, 2009, 01:17 PM
i can see two windows partitions,
a c: with 400MB and a d: with 500 MB so i'm guessing it has a 1GB hard drive.

I'll give DSL a try.