linux on old laptop?

kohutek

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Hey everyone,
I am thinking of getting a cheap-o laptop to use for on-site duties for work; mostly console / terminals on routers and such.

I plan on getting a 486-66 or if I'm lucky, a pentium 66+. I'd prefer the pentium, cuz it's a lot more powerful -- I don't have either yet, so if you have an old, dusty laptop around that works, PM me!

Anywho, I am wondering what a good kernel version to run on this would be? It would have to have support for network & modem pcmcia, as well as have a com port, sound is completely optional. Of course, X is right out, which is okay by me.

Thanks!

randal kohutek
 

MGMorden

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I'd say 2.4.2. It's fast and supports virtually everything. I've also not had one stability issue with it. Pair this with a minimal slackware install and you've got yourself a mean little terminal.
 

kohutek

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ya think that 2.4.2 is best for an old laptop? I guess that it would have more support for all the old stuff ...

thanks,
randal
 

MGMorden

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It's not gonna be slower than an old kernel. The good thing about linux (or at least the kernel itself) is that you only have to compile in things you want/need, so a newer kernel isn't more bloated/slower than an old one. X would probably bring that system to it's knees, but you've already mentioned you don't need it so 2.4.2 should do fine.
 

BOFH

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I have run linux on 486 laptops before for console use and a old IBM p75 laptop with 40 mb of ram. mostly with the 2.0 and a little of the 2.2 kernel. worked fine