I have a laptop the company let me use about a decade ago, give or take a couple years. Its installed OS is Windows 95 and it has a mammoth 32 MB of RAM. (At the time, it wasn't half bad!)
Today I decided I'd try putting Linux on it. I did research to find out the most newbie-friendly Unix variants. At work I burned a Mandriva Linux CD, and at home I tried it out on the laptop. Result: failure. It won't even run from the CD, let alone allow me to install it to the laptop.
A little Web research revealed that 32 MB is not enough for many versions of Linux. I had higher hopes for it, considering that the windowing and multitasking Amiga OS ran just fine in 512K. I may try burning a "Damn Small Linux" or "Puppy Linux" CD sooner or later, but for the moment, my brief spurt of enthusiasm for Linux is waning as fast as it waxed.
Oct 24 2007, 3:05 pm