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Six Distributions, one HP 2133 Mini-Note

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My HP 2133 Mini-Note with WSVGA (1024x600) display has been out on loan for several months. It came back a week or so ago, and as it had missed the latest wave of Linux distribution updates, I decided to reload it from scratch. It originally came with SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED 10), and NO WINDOWS (Hooray!). I had preserved SLED 10 in a small partition "just in case", but it is now so old that it would not be of any use whatever may happen, so I wiped it as well, and started from a completely clean disk.

The HP Mini-Note is not the easiest netbook to support, with its VIA C7-M CPU, Chrome 9 graphic controller and Broadcom 4312 wireless networking adapter. So far I have loaded the following six Linux distributions. All were loaded from Live USB media, all installed and configured quite easily and all handled the hardware with varying degrees of tweaking and human intervention. I have noted the peculiarities of each installation below. I would like to emphasize that all of these screen shots were taken on the 2133, they show the actual results of the installation of each of these distributions.

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