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

Kevin Krieser k_krieser at sbcglobal.net
Sun Mar 1 19:40:23 UTC 2009


2.1's support ends in a couple months.

The last time I tried to put a Linux on an obsolete box, it was on a  
computer with only 80MB of RAM.  Pick an old enough distribution to  
fit that, and I had all sorts of problems getting a PCMCIA LAN card to  
work.

If I had got it to work, it would have been usable only as a proof of  
concept.

On Mar 1, 2009, at 1:31 PM, Les Mikesell wrote:

> 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.
>
> -- 
>   Les Mikesell
>    lesmikesell at gmail.com
>
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