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Old 02-10-2008, 11:02 PM   #1
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The daughter bought a cheap laptop off the street and wanted me to "upgrade" it to make it faster

Its a gateway solo 2500 Se: [email protected] 96mb ram (128 max) with a very slow Win2k install on it'* 2Gb Hd.

I'm looking for a stripped down version of Linux that will work with wireles internet, email, and a modern browser (flash, pdf..anything else?)

Recommendations?

(No, there'* no way to get her money back, don't bother recommending that)
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i have Damn Small Linux on my flash drive... its bare-bones, but it works. i cant recall if it has wifi though.
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How cheap is cheap? Or don't I want to know?

Hmm, just try loading Ubuntu, that'* what I always use... I have a P2 machine that I got for free that ran Ubuntu and Gentoo just fine...

IIRC, Gentoo is VERY stripped down, and might be the best choice for you...
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ubuntu would take up half the HDD
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OH GEEZ! I thought I saw 20gb hard drive! Well that changes things...


Just remembered hearing about this a while ago...
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/
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yup. that'* the one i mentioned. it'* not real pretty, but it works.
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Oh, sorry, I didn't see you post that! I must be going crazy... That'* what happens when you take a whole day to cram for a chem test....
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lol its all good. i hear ya there.
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Thanks! I'll check that out.

btw - she paid $90 for it but at least it has a working wireless card in it.
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