whats the best flavor of *nix to install on an old laptop?

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  1. D1G1T4L

    D1G1T4L Active Member

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    i have an old compaq laptop, and it has an old ass d link ethernet wireless card, whats the best os to install on it? which will also detect video card/wireless card etc

    i just installed red hat on it but thinking of something more "friendly" or i dont know, help me out!
     
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    best os for what?

    and you must have misread the title of the thread, notice it said

    whats the best flavor of *nix to install on an old laptop?
     
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    col_panic calm like a bomb Moderator

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    :slap:

    stop talking about things when you have no clue what you are saying. and stop changing the damn question. he asked for a *nix distro.
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    i would go with the current freebsd (5.3) since installing things via ports is so easy, my d-link 802.11b card works great with it. i would also use kde, but that's just a personal pref.

    redhat isn't updated anymore. if you want linux instead of bsd i'm sure people will recommend several distros.
     
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    I have SuSe 9.1 running on my IBM P3-500 laptop with an Orinoco wireless card. Only problem was getting WEP working. On old hardware you'll probably want to stay away from KDE and GNOME as they'll be pretty slow. I mainly use KDE but switched to XFCE on the laoptop.. Still not blazingly fast, but certainly usable for surfing the web from my couch :) Also installed apt4rpm on it, but not really needed. As soon as I get unlazy I wanna throw Ubuntu on it just 'cuz.

    IMHO, just about any modern distro will do alright on older hardware because there's been plenty of time for the drivers to mature. It's the desktop environments that slow ya down.
     
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    Minix.
     
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    you're a fucking moron. If you have an OLD laptop, XP is a *horrible* idea. I'd probably say either Gentoo (and optimize the shit out of it) or slackware. Ubuntu is way to bloated.
     
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    i'm a gentoo noob, but i just downloaded it and it doesn't recognize my hard drive. probably not the best choice for someone looking for something more friendly than redhat
     
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    what mobo and harddrive are you using?

    I'm on a D925XCVLK and a SATA drive, and it had no problems with that... And that's a fairly "new" setup.
     
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    Only if you can setup distcc, otherwise it would take fucking forever :hs:
     
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    Gentoo runs very well on my old Compaq. If you're looking for something "easier", then use Ubuntu or something. Slackware or Gentoo arn't exactly user friendly operating systems.
     
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    col_panic calm like a bomb Moderator

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    it's an ibm netvista, probably has a fujitsu drive. actually i booted it again and it might be the cdrom because it gave me an error trying to mount the cd. also it's currently a bsd box so i don't know if gentoo is recognizing the current filesystem type (if that matters).
     
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    damn everyone recommending something else... i dont even know what to choose!

    i guess i dont mind freebsd either

    can anyone tell me main difference between freebsd and *nix flavors?
     
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    Lookup the history of unix. Linux is System V. FreeBSD is... BSD.
     
  14. kingtoad

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    Google, man. 90% of the questions you ask are so easily found. :sad2: You're studying to be a programmer. You can start now by looking things up instead of helplessly asking questions that can easily be found. As a programmer, you're going to find yourself looking at documentation for quite a long time. So, get used to it.
     
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    I trust people who I know in person and on this board more than I trust some site I find through Google. He's been around here forever and has shown he knows his shit. I'm sure he'll look if no one helps him out.
     
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    :dunno:

    Most people I know, including myself are self dependent usually read documentation, and if at that point I can't find it then I'll post. :dunno: You won't find a single post of mine in C&P asking for assistance coding or anything of that matter because I RTFM.

    I trust written documentation over people I don't know on OT, since the documentation was written by the developers themselves (usually) :dunno:
     
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    This is what I was talking about when I PMed you.


    If the thread starter asked about linux don't come in just to tell him to use something else. Cut it out.
     
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    Yea, once it gets up and going it'll be fine.. but if I were to try bootstrapping on my laptop.. I think I'd go on vacation and hope it'd be done when I get back :x:

    My desktop runs Gentoo 95% of the time.. occassional boot in to XP for a game.

    Really, you should burn a few CD's and see what you like. Everyone will have a different opinion. I don't think there is a single "best", it's what you like!
     
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    You could do a server install of Ubuntu (just installs the basics), then install XFCE4 (which will install X automatically), since it is very light.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    :werd: Free software is all about choice.
     
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    Fuckin' :werd: Exactly what I"m running.
     
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    thx :werd:
     
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    i dont want to search through pages of google and find "fan" sites of freebsd fan boys bashing linux and vice versa, or see pictures of devil fucking pengiun in the ass, sometimes it's better to ask people who had experience with all the os systems and see them discuss which os they liked better than searching through pages of google.com
     
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    I love teh XFCE :bowdown:
     
  25. kingtoad

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    You're truely a moron. :ugh: The first result that came up are from actual websites that provide relevant information regarding the difference between Linux and FreeBSD.

    Wow, look at the first result that came up. Straight from the FreeBSD website. http://people.freebsd.org/~murray/bsd_flier.html

    You might also want to look at this: http://www.freebsd.org/
    And then look at other O/S's to see what their primary differences are. http://gentoo.org
    http://www.slackware.com

    Yeah, that's one huge fan site with a logo of a devil fucking penguins. :ugh2:
    Documentation is there for a reason. RTFM.
    Your laziness will limit your skill.

    Edit:
    Sorry if I'm coming off bitchy. But I really dispise the laziness in folks who don't RTFM.
     
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