[CentOS] Best CentOS to install on *old* laptop?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Sun Mar 1 19:31:43 UTC 2009


Bart Schaefer wrote:
> I've found an old IBM OmniBook 800 and am curious whether I can get it
> going again.  (Currently it boots either Windows 95 or some
> then-contemporary version of Slackware.)  The CDROM is external (SCSI,
> I think) and the machine won't boot from it, so it'd require a boot
> floppy.  Any suggestions?  Or is CentOS entirely the wrong Linux to be
> thinking about for this?

What are you planning to do with it?  Given the current prices on much 
faster/lighter laptops I'm not sure how much time you want to waste on 
an old one that isn't going to be a good GUI workstation anyway. If it 
boots from USB or a floppy that transfers bios control to the CDROM you 
can probably make the install work.  Centos3.x might be more lightweight 
and efficient if you don't need current desktop apps.

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   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com



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