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[SLUG] Re: slug Digest, Vol 71, Issue 8
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- Subject: [SLUG] Re: slug Digest, Vol 71, Issue 8
- From: James Linder <jam@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2011 09:07:45 +0800
On 08/12/2011, at 9:00 AM, slug-request@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> G'day all,
> I'm looking for the right distro to install. I have a couple of laptops that I don't care if they break, so I can take out to work-sites where we're doing installations in sometimes less than hospitable circumstances.
> 1. Because they're old laptops, I need a fairly lightweight
> distribution - perhaps based on xfce or Enlightenment or similar.
> 2. There for things like network configuration & troubleshooting, so
> support for media playback is of no consequence.
> 3. Because so many networks are wireless or hybrid with wireless,
> simple wireless support is essential.
> It seems to me from the distros I've tried, you can have condition 1 met, or condition 3. But not both - most of the lightweight distros seem to assume that one is rpepared to spend half-an-hour on each wireless network setting it up - and whilst I'm not a newbie, I don't really get off on always doing things the hard way.
> Does anyone have any suggestions?
Unless they are Noah cast offs (Then go for Damn Small Linux) or similar
you don't need a light weight distro, you need a light weight window manager
icewm and fvwm both work nicely with 256M (and are nice to use)
I've used icewm on a 64M machine but fvwm is prodly a better choice here.