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Which Linux for IBM thinkpad

by Mark Tucker / March 5, 2005 6:13 AM PST


I want Linux. I need it. I have an old IBM laptop, with a Linksys wireless card. I need a distribution which will integrate into my wireless network, so I can use it for internet, and not much else, except tinkering.

I'm looking for a distribution which is easy to install and works with my hardware, I know thats a lot to ask from a free OS but I'm greedy.

Any advice welcome!

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2005 6:39 AM PST

But do try the latest Fedora, Mandrake, and Suse to see which one has your hardware supported.


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by Mark Tucker / March 5, 2005 7:12 AM PST
In reply to: Unlikely.

Ahh well, I'l have to continue using Windows untill you nice geeks get it sorted out!


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by Mark Tucker / March 5, 2005 7:17 AM PST
In reply to: Unlikely.

Mandrake actually looks promising:

"10.1 Official provides unparalleled hardware support together with extended integration of mobile and wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and WIFI. Other key features include GNOME 2.6, enhanced laptop support and new compilers for even greater performance"

I'm gonna try it

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by crolios / March 14, 2005 5:33 AM PST

Suse 9.2 works perfectly on a Thinkpad.
Mandrake 10.1 community also works.
If you know the exact model of your wifi card, & you can get the Windows drivers, you can get it to work by installing NDISWrapper. Read the docs for howtos on configuring it.

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Just back from a config session on my Suse 9.2 and ...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 14, 2005 5:40 AM PST
In reply to: Suse9.2

In the control panel or yast is some specific Thinkpad tools area.

Nice touch.


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by lilsim89 / March 20, 2005 12:08 PM PST

Since you said "OLD", you might want to try Yellowdog Linux. It's supposed to "breathe new life into old hardware".

I'm sure it has support for Thinkpads and Wireless cards.

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