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    I heard of an OS called Slax. Its apparently quick on minimal hardware needing just 36mb RAM to boot. Not sure on its potential for what you want to do though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris-W- View Post
    I heard of an OS called Slax. Its apparently quick on minimal hardware needing just 36mb RAM to boot. Not sure on its potential for what you want to do though.

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    Got to be worth a look! thanks

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    I did just this with Slax. I put it on an old Toshiba and it works a treat.


    Everything's modular, you can use the module manager to add and remove packages easily, and there's a good choice. Look here to see what's available. http://www.slax.org/modules.php
    Simply download the module, then double click it and it's installed. In fact, Slax's module manager is probably the best installer I've ever seen.

    It's designed as a portable OS, but you can install it to the hard drive.
    http://www.slax.org/documentation_install_slax.php

    Oh yes, I had trouble getting WPA wireless to work. Solved simply by installing 'Slax-Network-Setup-Tool' or 'wpa_supplicant' (can't remember which) while connected with cable of course!
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    I've also used DreamLinux
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    This is interesting as it's lightweight(ish) XFCE system, and it's based on Debian so you get probably the best selection of software available. Again, I've tried this on the old Tosh and it worked well.

    Minimum spec is 128 Meg, so you'll probably be out of luck with your 64 Meg memory, but it's a good distro to try if you can get it to run.
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    How about the OS from the One Laptop Per Child scheme, should be perfect for an educational system on a resource constrained system. There is a live CD that could work:
    Software components - OLPC

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    How about the OS from the One Laptop Per Child scheme, should be perfect for an educational system on a resource constrained system. There is a live CD that could work:
    Software components - OLPC
    That's interesting - I'd always thought of the OLPC as just a hardware scheme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    How about the OS from the One Laptop Per Child scheme, should be perfect for an educational system on a resource constrained system. There is a live CD that could work:
    Software components - OLPC
    I looked at that, but wasn't sure about the UI... aside from the educational games, I want her to learn basic PC skills too, so was looking for a more traditional UI, but still it's worth a try!

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