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    Which distro for IBM Thinkpad 760XL?

    Hey all,

    I am relatively new to linux and have had my computer booted into Ubuntu for the majority of the past few months, but I haven't wanted to mess with it too much since I have a lot of important stuff over on the Windows half (sigh....).

    Anyway, I came across a IBM Thinkpad 760XL that someone was throwing away and grabbed it thinking I could throw linux on it and experiment. I need to pick a distro that is pretty minimal so that I can fit it on the tiny (~1Gb) hard drive and run it with the 166mhz processor. I want something that is going to push me to really learn linux but will not send me in way over my head.

    If anyone has a recommendation I would be much obliged.

    Thanks a lot,


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    SuperMod (Back again) devils casper's Avatar
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    Any Lightweight distro like DSL, Puppy Linux will work fine on those specs. Check this Poll in Distro of older machines.
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    Thanks a lot,

    Depending on what I figure out for a hard drive, I might just make up some partitions and run Puppy on one side of it and DSL on the other...


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    Linux User IsaacKuo's Avatar
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    How much RAM does the machine have? If it's at least 20megs, then you can do a basic install of Debian and add a little bit at a time. I crammed a basic Debian install with an IceWM GUI onto a dual boot Pentium 120 with 48megs of RAM and a 1.3gig hard drive (A stripped down Windows 98 consumed half of the drive; Debian was on the other half). But with anything less than 32megs of RAM I wouldn't do plain old Debian. DSL is a VERY stripped down variant of Debian with a lot of essentials missing.

    Maybe Deb-Ice would be a good option, especially if this machine doesn't have any internet connection.
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