debian on laptop w/ limited ram/speed/HD
A middle-aged (~4 years old -- so, not old, not new) laptop is about
to become available to me, and I'd like to install debian on it.
The system is an HP Omnibook A4100,
96 meg ram
20 gig hard drive
I'd like to take the machine on a month-long trip, where I'd use it
mmostly for writing and checking email. My *preference* would be to
-a minimal GUI
-mutt, plus something to fetch my mail from a remote location
sigh. I'm a bit concerned that openoffice can't feasibly be run in
such an environment; but I'm revising a book manuscript that was
originally written several years ago in Word, and I really, really,
really don't want to have to edit it in emacs or something.
So does anyone have suggesions about
-tweaks to get debian to run optimally on a (relatively) small
memory/processing speed budget;
-favorite lightweight window managers;
-if necessary, alternatives to / modifications of OpenOffice that
don't require quite so much room to work as the standard OO
Would it perhaps be useful to compile stuff from scratch, rather than
use generic debian packages?
Anyway, thanks for thei nput,