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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.
It's not too hard of an install for anyone who knows their way around command prompt back on the Windows side of the fence
However I see your angle and Xubuntu kicks @$$ on older PCs.
 
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Yes, it is true. I am rather new at Linux. I've used it randomly at home and at school for the past few years, but never anything really major or anything outside of following a guide in the terminal. I'm just looking for a painless solution
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post #13 of 33
You'll want to find something with a lightweight environment.

For me, XFCE and LXDE are my user friendly choices here.

I'd recommend LXDE over XFCE after having spent time with both. I don't know how resource intensive Lubuntu is, but it would be worth testing in a VirtualBox (give it the same ram amount as the laptop has) and see how it performs and meets your needs.

There's also Unity-Linux for those who want low resource usage but with some frills. Never used it myself but looked promising from what I saw.

You'll have to just start making VM's or VirtualBoxes to run and test these for yourself and possibly have your parents decide as they'll be the one's using it.
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Greetz
You might be able to talk your parents into getting a larger drive if you point out that a newer larger drive is not only more space but usually faster and it is not at all uncommon for drives to fail in laptops in 5 years or so due to crowded space and heat.

I have an ancient Laptop that has a PII 433MHz CPU and 256MB ram. However I replaced the drive with a 7200rpm 60GB drive which made a huge difference in speed. I have XP on it but it's a slug. So I installed Slac-Remix v7 which comes with Firefox and Flash by default and that is actually snappy as well as reasonably pretty and very user friendly. It is a bootable Live CD but also comes with it;s own installer for hard drive. Here's a screenie that should let you know if your parents might be comfortable with the menus.

[IMG]

You can find the iso here http://www.ab9il.net/slax/slax-remix.html
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Greetz
You might be able to talk your parents into getting a larger drive if you point out that a newer larger drive is not only more space but usually faster and it is not at all uncommon for drives to fail in laptops in 5 years or so due to crowded space and heat.

I have an ancient Laptop that has a PII 433MHz CPU and 256MB ram. However I replaced the drive with a 7200rpm 60GB drive which made a huge difference in speed. I have XP on it but it's a slug. So I installed Slac-Remix v7 which comes with Firefox and Flash by default and that is actually snappy as well as reasonably pretty and very user friendly. It is a bootable Live CD but also comes with it;s own installer for hard drive. Here's a screenie that should let you know if your parents might be comfortable with the menus.

[IMG]

You can find the iso here http://www.ab9il.net/slax/slax-remix.html
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Greetz
You might be able to talk your parents into getting a larger drive if you point out that a newer larger drive is not only more space but usually faster and it is not at all uncommon for drives to fail in laptops in 5 years or so due to crowded space and heat.

I have an ancient Laptop that has a PII 433MHz CPU and 256MB ram. However I replaced the drive with a 7200rpm 60GB drive which made a huge difference in speed. I have XP on it but it's a slug. So I installed Slac-Remix v7 which comes with Firefox and Flash by default and that is actually snappy as well as reasonably pretty and very user friendly. It is a bootable Live CD but also comes with it;s own installer for hard drive. Here's a screenie that should let you know if your parents might be comfortable with the menus.


You can find the iso here http://www.ab9il.net/slax/slax-remix.html
That looks totally sweet! I will also look around for a bigger hard drive for their system. It has lasted 11.5 years of use with moderate usage for light work. I'm surprised the entire system lasted that long.

Kind of a side note, but on laptops that old (circa 1999), what is the hard drive connection for it? Should I just search for 10GB or whatever laptop drive and see what comes up? I've not searched for parts this old before lol!
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post #17 of 33
Greetz
It is all but certain the drive will simply be a 2.5 inch IDE/PATA. They are still being made but pretty rapidly phasing out so prices are reasonable, some, cheap. Ideally you should consult the manual or, better, physically pull the drive to see what it looks like. The only possible issue that could occur would be that the BIOS might not recognize a drive larger than 32GB but larger drives have a translation mode that solves that issue if it even exists.

As for Slax-Remix you may have to experiment with LiveCD versions if you have any oddball hardware. I could not run v8 on that old lappy because something changed in graphics driver but v7 just rox. Here's another screenie I took literally within a half hour of up and running because I was so jacked to see if that relic would actually play a youtube music video. I have to keep it lo-res but it works just fine.

[IMG][/IMG]

I don't use such things but since so many here do I probably should mention that newer versions are now using the Pacman package manager. I haven't tried it but I am certain that can be retro-fitted to earlier versions if that's an issue. There are so many installable Slax Modules it's not a necessity by any means.
Edited by enorbet2 - 12/31/10 at 1:16pm
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Ok cool. I wasn't sure if it had a special adapter, but then again, if I search for a laptop drive, the adapter is given anyway. They dont' do much, so anything bigger than 3gb would be plenty for them. I have some tinkering to do
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post #19 of 33
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Greetz
It is all but certain the drive will simply be a 2.5 inch IDE/PATA. They are still being made but pretty rapidly phasing out so prices are reasonable, some, cheap. Ideally you should consult the manual or, better, physically pull the drive to see what it looks like. The only possible issue that could occur would be that the BIOS might not recognize a drive larger than 32GB but larger drives have a translation mode that solves that issue if it even exists.

As for Slax-Remix you may have to experiment with LiveCD versions if you have any oddball hardware. I could not run v8 on that old lappy because something changed in graphics driver but v7 just rox. Here's another screenie I took literally within a half hour of up and running because I was so jacked to see if that relic would actually play a youtube music video. I have to keep it lo-res but it works just fine.

[IMG][/IMG]

I don't use such things but since so many here do I probably should mention that newer versions are now using the Pacman package manager. I haven't tried it but I am certain that can be retro-fitted to earlier versions if that's an issue. There are so many installable Slax Modules it's not a necessity by any means.
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... something else to consider in the same vain as Slax is Salix... http://www.salixos.org/wiki/index.php/Home

It's easy, pretty, light...
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