Hello! I was given an old Gateway 300 CEL and it is so terribly slow. The computer use to work great but those days are long gone. Gateway no longer has any Recovery programs available online for this model to give it a new start, so I want to install a lightweight Linux that will wipe the hard drive clean so that it can begin anew. Any suggestions?
I thoroughly recommend Linux Mint 9 LTS FLUXBOX which is lightweight whilst retaining many of the features of the standard edition its is easy to install and easy to use plus it comes with much of the software you are likely to need preinstalled
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Linux Mint 9 LTS FLUXBOX Release Notes/User Guide
You download the ISO. image of Linux Mint 9 LTS FLUXBOX then you need to create a Bootable LiveCD for installation