I have some more unfortunate experiences to report for my ugly little laptop.
I’m willing to call it lack of experience, but Gentoo has staged (no pun intended) a mini-revolt on this machine. The live CD won’t run, of course, since it’s meant for i686 machines. And the minimal installation CD hangs after it detects the CPU. Like I said, I’m sure it’s something I need to do differently, but I’ve tried everything in my shallow bag of tricks, and it’s not playing along. Sigh.
ReactOS, which seems to be somebody’s darling these days, sounded like an interesting idea. It’s in a quasi-alpha state right now, and while it would install and there was a loading screen … that’s all there was. I don’t criticize that since it’s a work in progress, but I did have my fingers crossed. I know for some people ReactOS would be the be-all, end-all operating system, but I can’t expect that to happen very soon. It started in 1996 and it’s still aimed at NT compatibility? Sorry to be a naysayer, but I’m not going to hold my breath for that one. …
PCLinuxOS wouldn’t boot for me, or rather it booted many times for me. Again, and again, and again. It’s possible it just doesn’t like my i586 machine (Gentoo doesn’t seem to, and neither does Arch), but I never got past the boot menu options splash screen. It is a nice splash screen, though. Ubuntu would do well to pick up something equally classy.
Windows 95, now with USB support! Okay, just as a joke I tried an ancient Windows 95 CD I pulled out of a decrepit Pentium machine last year. Maybe the disc is bad or maybe the drive can’t sense it, but it won’t boot at all. So don’t feel bad, PCLinuxOS fans. Windows couldn’t do the job either.
Aside from those four, I’m trying to give elive every last benefit of the doubt. If installation ever finishes, I might be able to take it for a spin. Otherwise it’s going to end up in a post like this one. … :(