March 11, 2012

Linux and/or Android for Touchscreen PC

I have a 7inch touchscreen pc that uses Windows XP and has a built in Satnav (Ndrive). It uses a 1ghz processor and has 256mb of ram with a 30gb mini harddrive. I want to know if I can replace Xp completely with Linux or Android. If possible, how do I do it? Android seems less demanding and user friendly for a small tablet pc. Also will I be able to use the satnav feature and the touchscreen functionality? The reason for wanting to change over is that Xp is to demanding on the processor and the Ram and can be very slow most of the time. The tablet has 2 USB and a mini sd card slot and no optical drive. Thanks

Most modern mainstream distros will be far too resource intensive for your...

Most modern mainstream distros will be far too resource intensive for your little computer. Fedora 16 will probably not run, much less even install on 256MB of memory. Fedora 16 running without a GUI still uses up the better part of 200MB. You'll need an ultra low resource distro such as Damned Small Linux or something similar.

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If it were mine I would look for a rpm based distro like fedora 16 LXDE Spin...

If it were mine I would look for a rpm based distro like fedora 16 LXDE Spin or OpenSuse with LXDE as desktop for delta-rpms (which would be extremely useful with that configuration) and then I would install pekwm git version for using it as graphical desktop. There are many urls teaching how to do these kind of things, but the main knowledge is learning about your hardware.

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