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Linux OS for IBM ThinkPad R50?


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#1 Crazy Cat

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 08:43 PM

Appreciate your input on this, as I'm time poor and a family relative asked?

The laptop is an IBM ThinkPad R50 1830 - 14.1" - Pentium M - 512 MB RAM - 30 GB HDD. https://www.cnet.com/products/thinkpad-r50/specs/

I told her to install Linux Mint 18.1, or Ubuntu 17.04, but both failed due to the CPU NOT supporting the PAE for the kernel.

Is there a minimal requirements site(s) for Linux OS I can look and direct her?

Thanks for your help in advance.
 

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 03:15 AM

I don't know of any site that lists minimum system requirements for all Linux distros; each (major) distro has its own site.

Try this:
https://distrowatch.com/search.php?ostype=Linux&category=Old+Computers&origin=All&basedon=All&notbasedon=None&desktop=All&architecture=All&package=All&rolling=All&isosize=All&netinstall=All&language=All&status=Active#simple

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 08:34 AM

Puppy linux may be the best bet for such old hardware


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 07:35 PM

Thanks for the replies. I managed to install Knoppix 6.7.1 CD without issue for her, but the sudo apt-get update + sudo apt-get upgrade failed as the update packs were incorrect.

Apparently, she wants to keep the laptop with a non Windows OS as an emergency backup PC?

Edited by Crazy Cat, 20 May 2017 - 07:37 PM.

 

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 07:41 AM

Knoppix 6.7.1 was released in 2011 and will no longer be supported. The repositories will no longer exist, which is why you can't update it. Many Linux operating systems from that era will probably work on that computer, but you won't be able to update them either.

I recommend replacing it. AntiX would be my first choice of operating system for this computer, and if that doesn't work, I would try Puppy.

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 08:20 AM

If going to Puppy Tahrpup 6.0.5 has a no-PAE version.



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Posted 22 May 2017 - 01:12 PM

Have to agree with both Al and John on this one. For a machine like the Thinkpad from that era, Puppy is definitely the way to go.

 

And I don't just say this because I'm a Puppy fan; it's my belief that Puppy is genuinely the best OS for many machines with similar specs to your Thinkpad. It's small, it's fast, it's easily upgradeable (and well-supported).....and for stuff like wi-fi, for instance, I'd recommend using a dongle with one of the well-supported chipsets, even if you have an internal card. Many of these are not well-supported under the Linux kernel.

 

And running from RAM as it does, Puppy makes even old hardware seem like new again!

 

As with everything in this area, it's all very much subjective (to the user), and, of course.....YMMV.

 

 

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 07:17 PM

Thanks for the input replies. I'll look into it for her and download the iso's.
 

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 03:46 PM

Knoppix 6.7.1 was released in 2011 and will no longer be supported. The repositories will no longer exist, which is why you can't update it. Many Linux operating systems from that era will probably work on that computer, but you won't be able to update them either.

I recommend replacing it. AntiX would be my first choice of operating system for this computer, and if that doesn't work, I would try Puppy.


AntiX failed to boot after numerous attempts. As for Knoppix 6.7.1, it downloaded the packs, but the public encryption keys failed. So Puppy worked for her.

If going to Puppy Tahrpup 6.0.5 has a no-PAE version.


Thanks that worked for her.
 

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