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    Breathing Linux on HP Omni Book 4150

    Hi guys,

    One of my relatives has a very old HP laptop. It's PII with 64MB RAM and not sure what's the capacity of the HDD. They installed Windows XP SP2 on it (which I disagree with them about that choice because the laptop needs 5-7 mins to boot up with XP) and I was wondering if there's a very light version of Linux that can be installed on it?

    I have Slax, Linux Mint LXDE, Fedora LXDE and Xubuntu. I guess (not sure) I have Win98 or WinMe but I don't want to install Windows, I want Linux.

    What do you recommend? I tried Fedora LXDE and Xubuntu but didn't try Mint and Slax yet.

    Any idea?

    Thanks!

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    Re: I was wondering ...

    Damn Small Linux or Puppy Linux or someother but definitely not Ubuntu.

    It won't be able to run any variant/derivative of Ubuntu with 64 MB RAM. Not even the minimal or text only version.

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    Re: I was wondering ...

    xubuntu maybe.. lubuntu which is lxde better, crunchbang is a possible.. but you really don't have much ram so you might have to look at DSL (damn small linux)... or just turn it into a server and live on the cli.. mutt for email. elinks for web browsing, file server, web server etc.... explore
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    Re: I was wondering ...

    I have an old dell, PII, 64MB ram, I run antiX on it quite successfully. Try puppy as well. or dsl.

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    Re: I was wondering ...

    I have try Lubuntu and Xubuntu and both of them works great and fast. I came across a few light weight Distro like Tiny Core, Puppy Linux, SliTaz and Damn Small Linux. Maybe you can look into them as well. But I will go for Xubuntu.

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    Re: I was wondering ...

    But I will go for Xubuntu.
    From the Xubuntu homepage,

    You need 192 MB RAM to run the Live CD or 192 MB RAM to install. The Alternate Install CD only requires you to have 64 MB RAM at install time.

    To install Xubuntu, you need 2.0 GB of free space on your hard disk.

    Once installed, Xubuntu can run with starting from 192 (or even just 128 ) MB RAM, but it is strongly recommended to have at least 256 MB RAM.

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    Re: I was wondering ...

    Quote Originally Posted by sikander3786 View Post
    From the Xubuntu homepage,
    Now I remember I got 384MB RAM on my Pentium 3 computer and overlook his computer spec. Sorry! Than I guess Tiny Core linux is the answer.

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    Re: I was wondering ...

    How about Lubuntu? http://lubuntu.net/

    you might be a bit cramped as far as RAM goes, http://lubuntu.net/tags/requirements
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    Re: I was wondering ...

    Thanks guys
    So, most of you recommended Puppy and DSL. I see, I tried DSL but I didn't like it much.

    Any one has tried Slax or Fedora LXDE before? or maybe any other light OS?

    The laptop currently has WinXP and I know that XP needs 128MB RAM as minimum but it works with 64MB RAM.

    I need to know if someone has tried any light OS him/her self

    Thanks again

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