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    Default Satellite M35-S359 support

    Ok, I have a Satellite M35-S359 I am looking to install Linux on for a friend, but wanted to make sure that all the hardware would be supported first, main thing being the wireless. As I looked though the "HCL/Netowrk Adapters" and for 11.1 it does not show (Intel pro 2100 3B Mini-PCI). I am DLing the ISO now so I thought I would get as much of a heads up as I can of what I might run into trouble wise with this install.

    Satellite M35-S359
    Pentium M 1.40GHz
    RAM 512MB
    Intel pro wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI
    NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200

    Also, would KDE run good on this or should I go with Xfce? This will be for your normal e-mail and web surfing, OO etc etc, that's about it.

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    Default Re: Satellite M35-S359 support

    Have you tried a live cd of openSUSE or is that what you are downloading?
    Sysreqs - openSUSE
    Some users have had problems with only 512RAM and installing from the Live CD.

    But trying the Live CD is a good way to get the feel of things. I would say get the latest spin of kde4 form here if you want kde4: "KDE Four Live" CD

    Installation/11.1 Live CD - openSUSE

    Personally I prefer the DVD and if the RAM seems to be an issue, then the DVD would be the way to go. And it has options for kde3 or xfce too.

    All the desktops will run ok, it's just a question of the live cd installer?
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    I am DLing the DVD, I have a live CD but it's 64bit, and the laptop is not. I know all the deaktops will run fine, I am just looking for the most "snappy" feel and think that Xfce will just be a better choice for the under powered hardware. I guess I will install KDE and see how it feels, if not I will just reinstall with Xfce.

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    Default Re: Satellite M35-S359 support

    If you want kde, I would suggest kde3
    kde4.1.3 kind of sucks, unless you update to 4.2.4 or even 4.3
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    Ah, so I am guessing 11.1 only comes with 4.1.3? Mind giving me the long and short of why 4.1.3 sucks?

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    Default Re: Satellite M35-S359 support

    It's kind of buggy and lacking polish. You can easily update to 4.2.4 or 4.3
    KDE4.2.* (How To Add) Guide. - openSUSE Forums

    KDE4.3.* Upgrade - HowTo - openSUSE Forums

    I say easily, it's not simple and I'm not sure I would recommend it. I use 4.3 and it's just brilliant.
    But gnome or kde3 offer rock solid stability, and if it's for a friend you want it so they can easily update etc..
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    Yes, this is for a freind, so I need it as seamless and stable as can be. Also why I was looking at Xfce is because they are use to dualcore, 4gb laptops and I just know if I install KDE I will never hear the end of "it's slow". I will be upgrading the drive to a 320gb WD and try and talk them into going with a 1gb ram upgrade, so that should help speed out abit.

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    Default Re: Satellite M35-S359 support

    Or consider: SuSE - LXDE.org
    http://www.lxde.org/

    It so quick!
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    Ok...To many options lol, which is the better choice out of Xfce and LXDE?

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    Default Re: Satellite M35-S359 support

    xfce is more established but lxde is just so quick. I can't really say, but I guess xfce would be the logical choice.
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