> A friend of mine has an old P266 (96 MB RAM, 20 Gig HD) laptop, Compaq
> Armada 7400, which I would like to install linux on. The old question
> comes up: Which distribution?
> I personally use Debian, but I guess this wouldn't be the right one for
> him he'd like graphical configuration and stuff just working without
> having to edit a lot of files.
> So I installed Mandrake 9.1 (which detected everything except the sound
> card), but it just isn't convenient: Apart from the fact that it installs
> way too much stuff by default, the whole system becomes very slow,
> especially with KDE. And connecting to a windows network within 2 hours of
> configuration was impossible.
> He used to run Win98 on the machine, and we would like to install a linux
> with a WM that runs as smoothly. That's probably impossible to achieve
> with KDE. Which one would you recommend? I know there are extremely fast
> ones out there, but the comfort should be comparable to Windows as well.
> And concerning the distribution? Are Red Hat or SuSE really slimmer? Would
> it be worth installing an older version with a 2.2 kernel? Or is there no
> Linux out there that can beat the Win98 speed and comfort??
> Thanx a lot for your advice...