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robman50

join:2010-12-14
Beamsville, ON

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Best distro for an IBM ThinkPad t60 (laptop)

Are there any distros aimed for an older vintage laptop? Most I found are for the home desktop user. Could any desktop distro also run okay with an laptop?
Okay the laptop isn't that old and it could probably run anything. It's got a 1,83Ghz Core Solo CPU, 1GB RAM, 60GB HDD, DVDROM, finger print scanner (which I never use).
Model is IBM ThinkPad t60.
It probably would run DSL or Puppy like 'a bat out of hell.'
It runs XP but the hardware won't let me play any games and I find it seems to run slow.

Edit: I forgot ThinkCentre was the desktops. DUH LOL

robman50

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I found this link but all of those distros seem old and probably not supported any more.
»www.linux-on-laptops.com/ibm.html

I need something that still can support the latest Firefox and Thunderbird updates.


donoreo
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I have a T40 and until it died recently (CPU fan) I had SUSE 12.1 on it running fine.

robman50

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I would think the T40 is an older slower model from the T60. Thanks, I'll give SUSE a try.


donoreo
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said by robman50:

I would think the T40 is an older slower model from the T60. Thanks, I'll give SUSE a try.

I was running XFCE as my desktop, but KDE was running ok as well, but took more memory.

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I run OpenBSD on my T42p--all the hardware is well supported and suspend/resume/hibernate work well--but you might find that heavy use of a modern web browser will readily eat through your meager 1GB of RAM. That said, this is definitely not my gaming platform.

robman50

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So I guess I would be looking for something that is not an RAM hog.

robman50

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said by donoreo:

said by robman50:

I would think the T40 is an older slower model from the T60. Thanks, I'll give SUSE a try.

I was running XFCE as my desktop, but KDE was running ok as well, but took more memory.

They recommend 2GB of RAM for 12.1.
»en.opensuse.org/Hardware_requirements

robman50

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reply to Bink
That's kind of silly that they won't tell you the RAM requirements.
»www.openbsd.org/i386.html

Although seeing an 80486DX as an supported CPU makes you wonder if that is just for the kernel and the command shell. I doubt it will run any GUI's.

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It'll run on a box with 32MB of RAM. That said, if you have that little RAM, I can only refer you to »dilbert.com/strips/comic/1995-06-24/, or you can compile your own kernel to use less RAM.

robman50

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said by Bink:

, or you can compile your own kernel to use less RAM.

hmm..
Starting MS-DOS...



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A t60 is not that old, I ran ubuntu 9 on one a few years back. Like all other laptops I used, the main issue was getting wireless w/WPA2 to work.
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FiReSTaRT
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Try Lubuntu. It's pretty easy on the resources. I've had a T60 workstation on my previous job and it ran Debian just fine, so anything fresher should give you good out of the box support.

pablo
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said by robman50:

They recommend 2GB of RAM for 12.1.
»en.opensuse.org/Hardware_requirements

The recommendation from the web page you cited states "Main memory: 512 MB physical RAM (2 GB recommended)"

I've run openSUSE 12.1 in a VM, with 768 MB of RAM and it ran fine.

Cheers,
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robman50

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Linux/Unix seems like a great choice for an internet machine since it's gaming support sucks and thats why I plan to pull XP off.

Do I need any antivirus software with the Linux/Unix systems?


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said by robman50:

Do I need any antivirus software with the Linux/Unix systems?

Assuming you're only installing from official repositories, then no.

Packages found out in the wild, and coming from non-officially maintained repos might be another story, exercise proper due-dilligence when installing from these sources.
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robman50

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The only packages that I plan to install are:
Adobe Flash
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Thunderbird
and maybe OpenOffice or what ever LXDE comes with.

robman50

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What should I do with the IBM service partition? Can I get rid of it? If installing wipes the whole drive clean that using the T60 recovery CD's should bring it all back than right?


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you'll have to get the Adobe stuff outside of the standard repos... although there are open source alternatives to Adobe reader, which are bundled with most distros so unless you need it for a specific reason that only leaves Flash.
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pablo
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said by robman50:

What should I do with the IBM service partition? Can I get rid of it? If installing wipes the whole drive clean that using the T60 recovery CD's should bring it all back than right?

It may be possible for you to use gparted to copy the recovery partition to another device (e.g. a USB flash drive?) and free up the space.

Cheers,
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robman50

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I am happy to see what the wifi works 'out of the box' with the latest version of lubuntu.

robman50

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I would think I can run the SATA controller in AHCI mode since I took XP out.

pablo
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Given your situation, I'd try some LiveCD's and test drive the lot.

Cheers!
-pablo

robman50

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So far everything is running smoothly. Running at AHCI mode 'feels' like the laptop is running more quick and smooth. WiFi is running great and now it is updating. Holy updates 206+, at least they are small ones.

pablo
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said by robman50:

Running at AHCI mode 'feels' like the laptop is running more quick and smooth.

I'm glad you're enjoying the distro.

If you want verifiable proof when using AHCI, you can try some disk tests. Or not.

Cheers,
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robman50

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Next puzzle to figure out. How to I map a network drive?


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said by robman50:

Next puzzle to figure out. How to I map a network drive?

From the desktop, click on File->Connect to server. You can also do this with Nautilus, the file manager, open.
Please note that drop-down menu titles do not appear unless your mouse is in the top bar.
From here you can connect to any FTP, SSH, WebDav and Windows share. Create a Bookmark once connected for easy access in the future.
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robman50

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do I need to get the ibm-acpi or thinkpad-acpi kernel?

robman50

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Beamsville, ON
Just using the standard kernel that lubuntu installed after all the updates and the neat thing is the laptop boots and shuts down more faster than the Acer laptop. Is Windows that slow because of all the crap it loads?

Core i3 (fist gen 2.0?+Ghz)
6GB RAM
SATA (2nd gen)
500GB HDD thats 2 years old
Win7 x64

Core (1.83Ghz)
1GB RAM
SATA (1st gen)
60GB HDD with over 4 thousand bad sectors
lubuntu


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said by robman50 See ProfileIs Windows that slow because of all the crap it loads?[/BQUOTE :

What was causing your Windows install to be slow is anyone's guess.
Number one reason I find people to have slow Windows is because the programs they've installed, and drivers, have all put their bloat into the startup folder, eating all CPU on login, and RAM for the duration of being logged in. More of a Windows culture problem than a design flaw in Windows itself.
Anti-malware programs can also be real resource hogs with the ability to bring any machine to its knees.
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