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My plan would be to use this machine as a development test bed, and for starters running Apache, PHP and MySQL. So far FreeBSD and Fedora Core look good to me. Any other suggestions and things to look for (old HW compatibility, drivers, etc).
In my opinion, the most user-friendly Linux distro is Ubuntu.
As far as the old hardware aspect, just don't install any bulky software. Any ditro will be about the same as far as resources go.
This is a decent installation manuel, but its for an older version so some parts may be different.
You can get the files here:
enjoy(if you choose FreeBSD)
can you define "(very) old Compaq Presario laptop"? I.e. processor, memory etc.? And do you want to use it as a desktop (i.e. with some kind of GUI) or just as a (test) server?
You are right - I should have provided this info in the original post. I managed to displace (again) laptop in question until now – long story…
Laptop is Compaq Presario 1200 with AMD-K6 3D processor and 156MB RAM
I have been debating GUI question, and at the end decided that it would be nice to have that option.
As cminicooperj mentioned, after I settle on the flavor, I need to ‘work out’ how to install it – I haven’t done that in a long while as well, so any heads-up and info is greatly appreciated