Linux advice needed

I have a perfectly servicable X41 Thinkpad begging to be linuxed. The question is: which Linux? Ubuntu? Debian? Fedora? SuSE?

Please comment your thoughts. Also, can I do an install on top of an existing XP install or do I need to wipe the disk, fdisk and repartition, and start clean?

TIA

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

0 thoughts on “Linux advice needed”

  1. I’d recommend SuSE 10 or 10.1. I’m using them on Thinkpad T41 and T42 machines with no problems, but I think 10.0 is a bit more polished than 10.1. All the hardware, including the wireless networking card just worked. All except the useless winmodem, which I don’t use anyway.

    Paul

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  2. i’m on an x40 running Gentoo, but my recommendation – depending on what you need to do – would probably be Ubuntu. SuSE’s a nice distribution, but i like the Debian tooling the best.

    and yes, you can layer it on top of an existing XP partition fairly easily – drop me a line if you have problems.

    one very important note: do NOT remove the hidden restore partition. for reasons that i’ve never figured out, removing it takes away your ability to access the machine’s BIOS.

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  3. Okay, Ubuntu is underway. And noted, do not remove the hidden restore partition. Repeat to self: do not remove the hidden restore partition.

    I failed on SuSE’s DHCP install, but Ubuntu was very nice about it. So much for horror stories of unsupposed wifi.

    Just a few minutes until I graduate to propellor head status.

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