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January 6, 2011 10:58 PM Subscribe
Linuxfilter: I need to run a linux distro -- any one -- via vmware player on an ancient laptop running XP. Please recommend!
posted by swimmingly to computers & internet (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
System specs: 512mb of RAM; 40gb HDD, about 5gb free.
I'm worried about RAM, because WinXP already eats at least 128mb. What distro could I install with vmware that needs minimal memory?
I need to do this for a class that requires me to have root access on a Linux OS to install and run a certain program. I don't know what that program is yet but it's probably not large. Other than that, I won't be doing much with it.
I've used Linux before, but only on campus cluster machines where everything's already set up. When it comes to installing OSes I am currently a complete noob and might as well be wandering around blindfolded in a dark room that has walls made of knives.
Not considering dual-booting, for a variety of reasons.
Thanks in advance!