Over the weekend I was involved with the computers for our Church’s annual flea market and auction. One person is donating their old Toshiba Tecra (1.7 GHz, 512 MB Ram) to the Church which I will be wiping the drive for and setting it up for church use.
I figured I wanted to get some information on the system, and see how well Linux works on it (:D).
So I threw in the Ubuntu (10.04) USB stick and tried it. I know there is an issue with the Intel graphics (which is why my home laptop isn’t moving to 10.04 soon) but it was a different version. No dice, it didn’t boot up.
So I tried Fedora (12), because it’s pretty good with running on systems and I was curious as to how “open” could the laptop run (without proprietary drivers)… Still no-go. It got further but would freeze up.
I was pretty discouraged and wonder if the Toshiba’s did something to make Linux not work on it.
So I plopped in openSUSE, figuring that I tried the other two, so there’s why not try this too? Not to mention there have been some situations where openSUSE installs where others have failed.
I didn’t have much expectation, but I gave it a whirl. Guess wha? Although it obviously did not like the video too much, it DID work! It didn’t find the wireless card, even though that is supposed to be an Intel one, but it was up and I could poke around some!
So make that 2x that openSUSE has worked where others have failed.
I hope to fool around with it a little before putting Windows on it and giving it to the church. I’ll probably try the openSUSE Gnome just because I’m more familiar with Gnome than KDE.
What model Tecra? I have a M3, with nvidia graphics and it works fine,
that being said I have the bluetooth module and use to patch the
kernel, but this all works out of the box along with the intel wireless