Slackware vs DSL? (for an old IBM ThinkPad)
I've never used any distro of Linux before, so I'd appreciate any advice or feedback on deciding which distro to go with.
I was given an IBM Thinkpad 2635 (a very old laptop, circa 1998). It has, (don't laugh!) a mere 300Mhz CPU and (again, try not LOL here) 48MB of RAM. It's currently running Win98, and seems very responsive and stable -- and 93% resources free when idle.
But Win98 is waaay outdated, I'm especially worried about Win98's suceptibility to malware and trojans. Any up-to-virus, isn't even compatible with Win98. When I put in 256MB of Ram, it'll meet the minimum for WinXP, but it'll be heavy, even Win2k would be heavy, I need something more lightweight, that's why I'm turning to Linux.
I've narrowed it down to Slackware or DSL. Keep in mind, I'll be using this machine ONLY for email, light web-browsing, and maybe listening to music (CD or MP3). So all other daemon apps, services, and drivers not required for that usage, or for this machine, will be removed by me. (Preferably before the installation, to save time).