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  1. #1

    Linux on an Old Laptop Computer

    Hello all,
    I want to install linux (any distro with X window manager, preferably RH) onto an old Dell Latitude XP 450CX. It doesnít have a CD-ROM drive or a network card, only a floppy. I want to just set it up for the X Window System, OpenOffice (or other Office replacement), and a few games (doesn't matter what kind). I would like to install linux to the hard drive only if I know for sure that Iíll get a working computer out of it. Right now, it has Win95, an 800mb hard drive (200mb free), a 50 MHz CPU, and 12 Mb of RAM. I also have a working linux desktop. I was just curious :o if I could go about installing linux across a serial port or something. (I know, it would be slow, but I think that I can deal with it (with many long nights ) anyway.) Any help would be appreciated.
    Also, if you donít think that I should even attempt this, I *guess* that I could live win W95.

    Thanks in advance,

  2. #2
    First off, I don't know how you would install with out a CDrom or a network card. One or the other yes, but neither, I don't know.

    Secondly take a look here for RedHat's minimun system requirments.


    - Minimum: Pentium-class

    - Recommended for text-mode: 200 MHz Pentium-class or better

    - Recommended for graphical: 400 MHz Pentium II or better

    Hard Disk Space (NOTE: Additional space will be required for user data):

    - Custom Installation (minimum): 475MB

    - Server (minimum): 850MB

    - Personal Desktop: 1.7GB

    - Workstation: 2.1GB

    - Custom Installation (everything): 5.0GB


    - Minimum for text-mode: 64MB

    - Minimum for graphical: 128MB

    - Recommended for graphical: 192MB

  3. #3
    Woah - that comes as quite a surprise! I'm surprised that it was running windows when I got it! Dang.... Well, do you know of any more 'bare-bones'-type linux distros that don't require as much? If not, I'll probably just go with '95 ([sigh]...) and live with it. Thanks for all of the help! I love this forum already!


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  5. #4
    There's not much, if anything that will have a GUI, that might fit your env.
    Check out

    Or this list of small distro's

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