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Linux for Toshiba SP 4270

I want to set up a graphical install of Linux on an old and trusty Toshiba Laptop - SP4270 Model PS427E-0E125-EN (see spec at http://tinyurl.com/rxn78). I just need to run e-mail and internet browsing on it.

Is this feasible if so does anyone have any suggestions as to distros?
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cescentman
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LuxanaCommented:
Hi,

Well not sure if you are expert in linux instalations but for this task I will choose debian sarge linux. The reason for this is that debian easy allows you to install package by package so you have full control what you are installing. BUt in general any distribution of linux should be able to run on in. This is specific feature of linux because it can run on systems with 4MB(of course no GUI) up to couple GB's of RAM. I'm running debian my self so can not tell what other distros offer, but I believe that there are many choises.

also please see this link which also can have a inpact on your decision:

http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=05/11/17/1825228

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couple words about installation:
- download only network cd for debian sarge
- make your internet connection nad NIC ready
- install only base packages
- and then add xserver-xorg-core - X.Org X server -- core server
- then KDE or Gnome , but I suggest some lighter window managers like icewm
- then firefox and thunderbird and you are in business:-))
 
hope this helps

lubo
 
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canaliCommented:

Debian is my preferred, but probably is better to start with the debian derived
 Morphix 0.5-pre4 LightGUI
http://morphix.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=category§ionid=4&id=73&Itemid=59
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/morphix/MorphixCombined-LightGUI-0.5-pre4.iso?download
or (always debian derived)
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/  DSL is a very versatile 50MB mini desktop oriented Linux distribution (mail, internet browsing,mp3, wordprocessor.... and more).

GAS
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nedvisCommented:
I would recommend Xandros Desktop 3 Open Circulation Edition ( only 10 USD download) and here' why:
-It'll be perfect distro for 500 MHz Celeron ( Pentium II based CPU) performancewise
-Very good application programs selection
-Excellent integration in Windows based networks ( e.g. your home LAN ) which you'll certainly need -sooner or   later for data exchange between your ( or your friends ) Windows cased computers and Linux operated Toshiba Laptop.
-Extremely easy to use ( learning curve)
-Good support for laptops
-Integrated CD burning ( although only 4x )
-Integrated Windows API ( free Crossover Office limited to four hours of use daily ) for running Microsoft programs should you have them ( and trust me you'll need them occasionally)
For even better overall experience go for Xandros Desktop Business Edition.
http://www.xandros.com
http://www.xandros.com/about/downloads.html

nedvis


 
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cescentmanAuthor Commented:
Boyo oh boy thanks for the speedy responses. Not sure which I am going with - in the circumstances I will share the points equally
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