[sf-lug] RAM for a DELL Inspiron 4000 notebook; and distro choice
bliss at california.com
Thu Nov 15 21:59:09 PST 2007
Christian Einfeldt wrote:
> 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. 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.
A Slax distribution runs about 200 Megabytes and can be run from
the CD drive.
> 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.
What ram modules does it require? That bit of data would help
some people answer the question.
> 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. 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.
> 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.
The only tricks I know about involve taking a moment to read the
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