Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 4th Apr 2007 18:02 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems were once more very kind to send us one of their products for a review. Geeks sells cheap laptops --among others-- and so we asked for a low-cost laptop without an operating system in it for the purpose of this review. They sent us the IBM T23, (currently selling for just $299) and an extra 256 MB stick of RAM ($30). We tested the laptop with three different OSes, read on for more.
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by biffuz on Thu 5th Apr 2007 15:08 UTC
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"Resurrecting older laptops with alternative operating systems... oh, wait, XP is just fine". That's kinda funny.

I would like to see what you can do with something like my Thinkpad 365XD: Pentium 133 MHz, 40 Mb RAM, 1 Mb video card, no network, no modem, no USB, still runs its original installation of Windows 95 (never formatted).
To "resurrect" a computer, the bare minimun it should be able to do is to surf the nowaday's web.

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RE: Funny.
by fretinator on Thu 5th Apr 2007 15:29 in reply to "Funny."
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I have a Pentium 90 with 48MB of ram that works fine as an internet-enabled machine. It runs debian, and I use a light-weight window-manager - Blackbox. I fire up "Links2 -g" and I can surf the web graphically (it renders pictures and sites very quickly). I can check my email (Yahoo), make my fantasy moves and read all my news (like OSNews).

Obviously you need a network. Doesn't your laptop have a pcmcia slot? You should be able to put a network card in it.

I have a houseful of old laptops (P90, P233, Duron 1.1, etc) and I leave them all over the house, so the Net is always at my fingertips. My kids have desktops for gaming, but the each have wireless PII laptops for surfing the net, checking their gaming news, etc.

A realy lightweight choice for older machines is DSL linux. It has minimum requirements of a 486 with 16MB ram. I use it on some older laptops and it works great. Really, if you stay away from Gnome and KDE, most distro's can be made to run on older hardware.

Another good "distro" for older laptops is OpenBSD (if you know what you are doing). It has broad wireless support.

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RE[2]: Funny.
by timefortea on Fri 6th Apr 2007 09:47 in reply to "RE: Funny."
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How many computers/laptops do you actually have??!

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