A friend gave me this old laptop from the early 2000′s.
Here are my personal notes about installing an optimized and lightweight Debian GNU/Linux system on this machine, mainly for internet browsing / music playing (with external speakers!)
Official support pages
128 Mb SDRAM on the motherboard, 1 SODIMM slot available for RAM upgrade (Specs says this computer can be upgraded upto 256 Mb at max!)
8 Mb Video RAM (ATI Rage Mobility M1)
20 Gb HDD (a Win2000 system was installed)
No CD / No floppy drive
No booting from USB! / No PXE boot!
Guide updated 07/17/2012 : some mistakes corrected!
Netinstall and a lightweight desktop
I recently got an old iMac G3 and felt the need to replace the crappy existing MacOS 9 system with my favorite system : Linux of course!
After a mandatory RAM upgrade (from stock 64M to 512M), I found that the CD drive is extremely picky/worn-out and wouldn’t boot any burned install CDs…
But that’s not enough to stop me, since those iMac models support booting from the network.
I first tried to netboot Debian Squeeze on it, but there were some issues (yaboot started but couldn’t load the kernel).
After some research, it appears that Ubuntu has an updated netinstall iso which just works!