[lug] Minimalist Linux Install

The Matt thompsma at colorado.edu
Wed Aug 27 14:59:12 MDT 2003

On Wed, 2003-08-27 at 14:07, Jeff Schroeder wrote:
> zirotea asked:
> > I'm looking to put linux on a 200MHz laptop, with 128megs of RAM, and
> > a 10 gig disk.  I'm wondering what distrubtion and tweaking people
> > would recommend?
> One problem you'll undoubtably see is trying to run KDE (or other 
> heavyweight desktops) on a 200MHz processor.  It'll probably crawl, 
> although you could disable all the eye candy and combobox animations, 
> etc.  You might consider a "lighter" desktop like IceWM, WindowMaker, 
> or even FVWM...

Or, if you get bored, try XFce4.  I run it because GNOME was starting to
hurt my dual PIII 550 (well, Nautilus, I bet), so I wanted something
light that looked good.  XFce4 is all GTK2 so I get my anti-aliased
fonts which are 80% of the eye-candy I need.

As for distro, as Jeff said, most should work.  I'd probably stay away
from Gentoo (or other source-based distros) because it'd take a while to
compile things on a 200 MHz.  But, if taking that time isn't a factor,
Gentoo can be made as small as you need it.

"And isn't sanity really just a one-trick pony, anyway?  I mean,
all you get is one trick, rational thinking, but when you're good
and crazy, ooh ooh ooh, the sky's the limit!" -- The Tick
  The Matt -- http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~thompsma/
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