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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I wiped Gentoo off my old Toshiba laptop a couple of nights ago, and have been trying out binary distros with a smaller-is-better philosophy. The laptop has anemic I/O, and only 128MB RAM (nonupgradeable; the socket is fried).
I need a distro that is lightweight, mostly self-contained (if it can run from RAM, all the better), yet also has a decent package repository for the edge cases, like Toshiba hardware support utilities. I'm planning to turn the laptop into a useful secondary work environment for my wife. She'll need to run presentations from it, so there needs to be an easy way to get the VGA-out and/or TV-out working. No commandline intervention should be required to do anything.
So far I've been through Fluxbuntu, TinyMe, and SliTaz. Of the three, SliTaz shows the most promise.
First up is Fluxbuntu.