[TriLUG] Install - ThinkPad T20
hcrissman at secure-mind.net
Mon Jul 18 22:05:26 EDT 2005
> A few weeks ago I was asking about laptops and Linux. I ended up
> trying to combine a low-dollar option with hardware that would most
> likely be compatible and I got an IBM ThinkPad T20 (P3/700MHz) on
> eBay. I haven't tried powering it on yet but I don't think there is
> any operating system on it.
> So now I am deciding which Linux distro to use. Any suggestions about
> what would be best for this machine or what I should avoid? I have
> the Mandriva 10 install CDs on hand but I also have Roadrunner
> broadband and a CD burner on the desktop so I can get anything that's
> out there. Mainly I want to get Apache, PHP and MySQL working on it.
> It has a 12GB hard drive so space should be sufficient.
> Is it likely that some version of Linux will support most of the
> machine's features or would it be good to do a dual boot setup?
> Am I supposed to do this like a regular install?
> BTW, about laptops in general, how do these DVD drives work? Can I
> just pull the DVD tray out manually while the power is off, put the
> install CD in, push it back in manually and then power on to start the
> install process?
> Any suggestions on where to get extra battery packs, besides eBay?
I have a T23 (very similar) and it is running Debian w/ no problems. It
can be as desktop of server like as you prefer. To be honest I have not
found a distro that did not install well on this system.
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