Installing Linux on laptop from 90ties
I've got an old laptop Toshiba Tecra 730CDT (Intel Pentium 150 MHz, 48MB RAM, 2GB HDD, Network interface PC card). It is running Windows 98 right now, but I'd like to put some poor-hardware-friendly Linux distro, and then pass this laptop to my kids for incremental destruction, in process of which, I hope, they learn some computer skills.
There are two major questions I face:
1) What distribution would be the best for this? Of course, I am looking for some with lean yet decent-looking X implementation. Well, I always can take one distro and other desktop environment.
2) I find it challenging to try out or install stuff on this PC: it can boot only via floppy or HDD no CD boot, no Flash (no USB port in fact). At least I don't know if that's possible to burn distro on CD, boot the PC in DOS, and then somehow install that distro from CD. Especially, I really would prefer testing it before I get rid of the Windows on it - I want to be sure that it would actually recognise the CD drive and PC Card network interface. That would be very awkward, if I format HDD, somehow manage to install linux from CD, and then find out that it does not recognise the network.
So, while the 1st question, I guess, is relatively easy to answer, the 2nd question is like a puzzle: you've got one floppy, one PC that boots from floppy or hdd, but it has CD drive. It also has network PC Card. Install Linux on this device. Task for the advanced ones: avoid using floppy boot (well, because in order to create a bootable floppy I will need to find a decent floppy disc and a PC that has floppy drive).
I will be grateful for your suggestions.