I am fairly new to the Linux community and I need help choosing a distro for a modded laptop system I am building. It has 192mb of Ram and a 700mhz Celeron processor. It is a Jetta 7700. I want to use it to play DVD and video files, some basic word processing, office software, internet use, and run some old gaming system emulators. I would also like it to be able to use some type of gaming controller. It will probably only have a 10gig hard drive so I am looking for the most compact installation available. What do you recommend?
Looking at your specs, you can run almost any modern distro provided you create a swap space of ~400 - 600 MB.
I would Suggest in order:
Take your pick out of these, they can be customised to take up anywhere between 600 MB - 3 G of hard drive (including GUI, programs etc.).
A system with:
Fedora Core 3,
*Should Get Autoconfigured*
Basic USB Drivers
Don't go for gentoo if you don't want fedora, it has a long and tedious installation, and you have to compile it from scratch.