Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2006 09:12 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Linux "Like most companies, my employer has a stash of old, 'obsolete' PCs and laptops that won't run the latest versions of Windows worth a darn. Naturally, this represents a great source of systems for testing the latest Linux distributions. I thought it would be interesting to find out which modern Linux distro made the best OS for a supposedly 'obsolete' old laptop. With this in mind, I requisitioned an oldie but goodie: an IBM ThinkPad 2662-35U, with a Pentium III 600MHz processor, 192MB of SDRAM, and a 20GB hard drive."
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Good review of distros
by Cyberbear on Thu 5th Oct 2006 10:27 UTC
Cyberbear
Member since:
2005-06-29

The author did a pretty good review of the distros being considered. But he didn't say much about how well they actually performed on the hardware. Most folks would like to know if the machine was usable on day-to-day tasks with that configuration.

His 600 MHz P3 could do fairly well if he upped the RAM a bit, even if running XP.

I have an old K6-2 400MHz laptop with 128 MB memory that runs Xubuntu. But it is slow. It can be used for one-app-at-a-time tasks like browsing, email, and light word processing. But I would not recommend that system to anyone. Even linux can't save everything!

All-in-all, a good article.

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RE: Good review of distros
by rhyder on Thu 5th Oct 2006 11:04 in reply to "Good review of distros"
rhyder Member since:
2005-09-28

I agree, the RAM will have been the main limiting factor on that machine.

[running Kubuntu 6.06lts on a PIII 800 - 384mb here]

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