[Gllug] Picking a linux distro

Iain M Conochie iain at shihad.org
Mon Jun 21 15:12:54 UTC 2010

Adrian McMenamin wrote:
> I have an old laptop with 256 MB memory and a pentium III that I am
> tinking of using for some kernel development (testing some ideas on
> handling low memory) - I'd like a disto that makes it easy to use a
> custom 2.6 kernel and will not fall over wit that level of memory unless
> I want it to.
> Any recommendations?
For your stated use definitely give slackware a go.

You get all the normal dev tools and you will have everything you need 
for kernel hacking. Also very easy to roll custom kernels


Do not expect any gee-whizz-bang graphical tools. This can be a 
seriously minimal distro where YOU tell the computer what to do rather 
than the other way around

Good luck


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