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Hello everyone, I have an old laptop. I'd like to install on it a linux environment The computer is from 2001, it was orginally running windows Me. The specifics are: ...
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    Question Which Distro should I install?


    Hello everyone,

    I have an old laptop. I'd like to install on it a linux environment

    The computer is from 2001, it was orginally running windows Me.

    The specifics are:

    Pentium III 933Mhz
    640K System Ram Passed
    119K Extended Ram Passed
    8M video share memory passed
    20 Gb HDD

    Unfortunately I couldn't make it to know the Ram capacity, because now the laptop is broke down, I tried to open it but it was to complicated to get to the ram slot. Those are the data I got from the boot screen.

    I tried to install Debian but it seems it's not working.

    So I was thinking to install or Puppy Linux either Lubuntu.
    What do you suggest me? Is my old laptop good enough for this distro?

    Thank you very much!

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    Puppy maybe, Ubuntu no way. If Debian won't run on it, then Ubuntu certainly won't.

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    Hello there!

    Without knowing a RAM capacity, there;s really no advice we could give.
    Most computers from 2001 had at least 198 or 256 RAM, though...
    Puppy or antiX?
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    Try the distrowatch.com search for older computers, but the suggestion of AntiX would be my first choice anyway.
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    He posted the RAM, 759K total. Less than a megabyte, that's what used to be installed in old 8086 computers, because Bill Gates (or so I heard) thought nobody would ever need more than 640K of memory. Most computers had 1MB installed, but you had to use a kludge to access the extended memory above 640K, mostly for use as a ramdisk.

    It's entirely possible that the RAM total is incorrect, but apparently that's all that is being recognized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell View Post
    It's entirely possible that the RAM total is incorrect, but apparently that's all that is being recognized.
    That's what I was thinking... it's the fact that he has a P3 that is throwing me, there.
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