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

Robert Heller heller at deepsoft.com
Sun Mar 1 20:31:35 UTC 2009


At Sun, 1 Mar 2009 10:09:47 -0800 CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org> 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?

I had no problems running WhiteBox 3.0 (same as CentOS 3.0) on a Toshiba
laptop.  It was a 586 box (P133), so I used the 586 kernels.  I did
have CentOS 4.3 on it at one point (but could not get the ISA-flavor
sound card to work).  It has 144meg of RAM and I put something like a
20gig hard drive in it.

If you have some sort of functional Linux install on it (even an old
Slackware), and have a supported network card for it, it should be
possible to contrive to do a network install, esp. if you have another
box also running Linux and capable of running NFS.

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