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My Linux Laptop
I happened to intercept an old Toshiba Satellite 310CDS laptop heading for the skip.  It seemed a waste, seeing as it still functional, so I gave it a new home.  It had Microsoft Windows95 on it, which gives you some idea of it’s age.  I wiped the harddisk and installed Windows98, but this didn’t improve matters much as it then spent most of it’s time hourglassing.  Despite attempts to strip out all the non-essentilal stuff it still wasn’t very ‘useful’.  It was about to resume it’s journey to the skip, when I had the idea to look on the Internet for alternative operating systems, ideally at low/no cost.

It’s all a bit of a blur but I now have a laptop running Damn Small Linux - an operating system designed to fit on and run from a 50mb credit card sized CD-ROM, although I’ve taken the option to install it to the harddisk in this instance.  I now have a laptop that will do the basics - surf the Internet, word process, play music files and CDs, and operate an external CD writer/DVD player (although the hardware can’t cope with DVD playback).

Possibly not the easiest way to introduce yourself to Linux, but if you’re interested, visit www.damnsmalllinux.org for more information.
Toshiba Satellite 310CDS running Damn Small Linux v3.1
Specification
200Mhz Intel Pentium I processor with MMX
64 megabyte RAM (!)
2 gigabyte harddisk (!!)
12.1" DSTN colour screen (?)
16-bit stereo Sound Blaster Pro compatible
16-speed CD-ROM drive

Costs
Machine - free
Memory expansion - £15 from eBay
PCMCIA 56K Modem - £4 from eBay
Damn Small Linux on CD - US$11 (free download available)
‘Tux’ case badge - £1.20 from The Linux Shop
(hours on dial-up Internet searching for answers - not included)
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