[sf-lug] RAM for a DELL Inspiron 4000 notebook; and distro choice
asheesh at asheesh.org
Thu Nov 15 18:23:55 PST 2007
On Thu, 15 Nov 2007, Christian Einfeldt wrote:
Howdy. Just a few quick notes:
> A friend has asked me to install Linux on a computer for her. She is
> starting small and tough, though, and she has given me a Dell Inspiron 4000
> with 128 MB of RAM. That amount of RAM is basically going to limit me to
> either Vector or Puppy Linux.
What a drag. It seems people aren't very happy with this machine in the
long term, or at least that's true for a single anecdote I found Googlin'
That page (and most like it) is 5-7 years old, so don't take seriously muc
of the Linux advice it gives. (-:
> And it gets worse. She apparently did not order an ethernet jack with
> this thing, and so she would only have dial up, at least until we can
> get her a wifi card.
That's a drag. You can find pcmcia/cardbus wifi cards on Craigslist for
$15 or so, so don't waste time with dialup and just go straight to
wifi I'd say.
> So I have three questions: first, does anyone have any spare RAM for this
> notebook that they are willing to part with? I would really like to get her
> started on a more full-bodied distro, if possible.
Not me, sadly.
> Second, what distro should we use? I am thinking that we probably want
> something that is really small, as she has only a 10 GB hard drive.
This sentence is the real reason I'm replying: A full install of Ubuntu
would be between 1.5 and 3 gigs (I don't remember exactly). On a 10 gig
drive, that leaves a whole lot of space for someone non-technical enough
to have just purchased this laptop.
> I don't want to use Damn Small, because in my experience, Damn Small
> really does require some CLI proficiency, and she is a rank beginner to
> Linux, although she does have a mind like a steel trap and learns
> quickly, but still, I don't want to put her through the Damn Small
> hurdles just yet, particularly in light of the fact that Damn Small
> really does require an ethernet connection to download additional
> packages to a much greater degree than Puppy or Vector. That is why I
> am thinking of Vector or Puppy. Vector has a nicer GUI, IMHO, which is
> important or simple end users. So I am sort of leaning toward Vector.
Don't know much about either, I'm afraid.
> Third, are there any unusual tricks to installing Linux on a notebook
> such as this, or can I basically just load the CD into the CD-ROM and
> away we go? I would appreciate any tips re traps for the unwary.
Hopefully it's as easy as loading the CD; try that first. (-:
Best of luck, and keep us posted.
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