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Greetings oh Linux gurus!

I am left with a difficult decision to make (not just on the distro) but on other matters, that being: what am I going to do with an old laptop that my parents still want to use?

The laptop is a Compaq Presario 1672 from 1999 that came stock with Windows 98SE. It was upgraded to 192MB of RAM and has a DWL-G630 wifi card installed. Everything else is stock.

My problem I encountered was that because of the small hard drive (2.99GB physical), I am unable to install Windows XP SP2 or higher. Given it has SP1, it can only use IE6 (yes I know!). When I couldn't install SP2 when it came out and because of the IE6 issues, I told them to never use it on the Internet again as because of said HDD space, no anti-virus is installed.

Here is what I am looking for in a distro:
-Older people friendly!
-Easy to use
-Installs to the hard drive (not flash drive)
-Has Firefox
-Includes or can easily be installed - Open Office
-Wifi drivers
-Audio drivers

I tried in vmware a copy of puppy linux, however I found it to be quite overwhelmingly complicated to be used for a basic computer user. I was hoping for something along the lines of Ubuntu's simplicity combined with a little bit of Mint, however I realize those versions require more HDD space.

Ideas?
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User friendly and small disk space do not go together very well. Try xubuntu
    
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User friendly and small disk space do not go together very well. Try xubuntu
That's what I figured lol with the user friendly part. I figured I might as well ask the community here to see what can be done.
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Puppy is older computer friendly and can do everything, but it just looks really bad.

Go for an older version for extra performance, go for a newer version for less problems with WiFi drivers.
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Puppy is older computer friendly and can do everything, but it just looks really bad.

Go for an older version for extra performance, go for a newer version for less problems with WiFi drivers.
I tried Puppy Linux in vmware to see how it looks/performs (not on the actual laptop yet) and it isn't very user friendly. Plus I'd like to have it physically install to the hard drive while not doing the mod/conversion like you have to do with puppy. My parent's aren't the smartest computer wise and having a USB drive sticking out the back of the laptop will only prompt them to pull it out while in use and complain I messed up their computer or something. Less headaches if it just installs to the main HDD.
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I'd get a larger HDD. =( I'm sure you could get a used 10G laptop drive somewhere.... That's going to be your biggest limiting factor at the moment, space.
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I'd get a larger HDD. =( I'm sure you could get a used 10G laptop drive somewhere.... That's going to be your biggest limiting factor at the moment, space.
I was hoping not to take that route (parents are cheap). I'll see what I can find around to get a bigger hard drive.
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User friendly and small disk space do not go together very well. Try xubuntu
Why not Ubuntu server with the gnome-core package installed, or the xfce-core package installed? MUCH tinier OS.
 
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post #9 of 33
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Why not Ubuntu server with the gnome-core package installed, or the xfce-core package installed? MUCH tinier OS.
I was looking into xubuntu with the xfce desktop just now. Looks like it might work, but I'll test it in a restrictive vmware environment to see how it handles with 3GB hdd and 192MB of RAM.

I will also look into your suggestion as well. I'm just trying to give this laptop a new life
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Why not Ubuntu server with the gnome-core package installed, or the xfce-core package installed? MUCH tinier OS.
It could work but Nitro seems like a new to Linux kind of guy and I didn't want to put too much on his plate at once. Sometimes having too many options is worse than having too few.
    
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