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Something New on something OLD!

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Sometimes I disappear for from this blog for long periods. There are many reasons, the most recent of which has been installing a small, simple distro on a friends old laptop.

How old? It's a Panasonic CF-35 with a 3G hard drive, a 266Mhz processor and little else. I insisted that what he needed to the the old girl back in the ball game was a simple Linux install. I still believe it to be true, however selecting the distro was more than I had imagined.

My first thought was Puppy Linux. Puppy is a very lite distribution that is believed to be installable on almost anything. I tried the newest version and it ran fine...I think! I was unable to get to the point of setting up the resolution as it would go into a state that would preclude reading or opening anything. OK, so Puppy was not going to work, how about one of my favorite distros...Simply Mepis. Came up, acted like it was going to work, but when trying to install, it failed miserably. Maybe Berry Linux would work, it is lite and should run on anything, anything that is except a 266Mhz Panasonic Laptop!

I had read an article that XUBUNTU Alternate was something that someone attempting to add new life to an old computer might try.

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Yes, because with new low end laptops going for about $500 (with a warranty no less) you certainly want to piss away hours of your life trying to shoehorn some micro-Linux OS onto hardware so very old and slow and ready to die that your exercise in computer archeology turns into a complete waste of time.

Are there really that many "techies" out there whose time is worth nearly $0/hr?

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