A few weeks ago my mother managed to utterly destroy her Gateway laptop. It was 1.5GHz and had 1GB or RAM. When I say “destroyed”, I don’t mean she crushed it, it just was dead as a door nail. Nothing worked…. except the HD (once removed from the dead laptop).
My poor mother needs to get online to check her bank account and her cell phone usage. I assume at some point she’ll want get all fancy andt write a document, edit a spreadsheet or read a pdf so I needed to keep this in mind.
The only “spare” laptop I had on hand is a Dell Latitude CPx (650MHz) with 184Megs of RAM. This is quite a step down for her, but, sometimes the “needs” outweigh the “wants”.
I also didn’t mention that this Dell Latitude doesn’t have a CD ROM!
I do have a few options:
- Create some bootable floppy disk for a network install (Geeze, I don’t even have a floppy disk in my house).
- Use her original hard drive with Debian Linux installed on it.
- I boot the CPx with her original hard drive. (Debian)
- I uninstall her original window manager, which was XFCE, not heavy at all, actually very light, but was very sluggish in this scenario.
- I uninstall OpenOffice, because noone should have to wait 3 minutes for a document to open.
- I pour through the installed packages (dpkg-query -l) and uninstall anything that isn’t absolutely necessary.
- I update /etc/apt/sources and change all instances of “squeeze” to “testing” then run apt-get update followed by apt-get -u upgrade then an apt-get dist-upgrade