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Let me first state that my intention is to get a distro that works on my laptop and not to start a distro war.
I have a ancient laptop - Compaq NX 7400. When I purchased it almost 10 years back, it had humongous memory of 1.5 GB as compared to other standard machines at that time. Now this ageing machine has become my bathroom laptop where I check the state of my kingdom from throne. In other words this laptop is used only for web surfing with 4 tabs open in firefox. I do add a tab every now and then, but close it immediately as soon as I am done.
I had Ubuntu 10.04 on this machine. After getting nagged for a long time about upgrade I installed Mint cinnamon around 3-4 months back. After last update, I have now everything latest and greatest and things have slowed down significantly. To switch a tab, I have to wait almost 15 seconds. A simple page up and page down causes noticeable delays.
Looking for recommendations for a browser or lighter distro which can work on 1.5GB RAM machine. As I said its mostly (only?) for web surfing, but do need flash, adblock etc. Popups become unbearable otherwise.
1.5 gig should be OK with most any distro. I would keep away from gnome 3, KDE if me as it would strain the ram a bit. I run Icewm and LXDE on this old dumpster box. Currently in LXLE to respond to another post but I am usually in AntiX on this box.
No need to switch distros. Just install a lighter desktop environment such as LXDE, openbox (my favorite), or the like. Chrome is definitely faster than Firefox on slower computers. As much as I'd hate to admit it because it's such a darn good hacker's browser it is simply overweight in the process arena.
So keep your current distro, just switch environments. For openbox, my tutorials *should* still apply to your mint even though they're geared towards an older distro/different hardware.
If you want to try a lighter browser there's Slimboat and Arora (and Dillo of course).
Have used Firefox since 0.6 and it's the only one I really like , but, It is getting a bit slow (for a while now). Tried Chromium and and just don't like it, hate the way it handles bookmarks (I've 1500+ maybe closer to 2000 now)
You have a dual core processor with 1.5 GB: I'm using a single core with 1.125 GB. You don't need anything very lightweight. You can stick with Mint and switch from Cinnamon to Mate and that should be fine. I find Firefox a bit slow, but it shouldn't be a problem for you; if it stays slow, try Opera.
@frankbell, how easy was it to install Enlightenment using Slackware?
I tend to agree with DavidMcCann's response, but if you want a lighter distro, you might try BodhiLinux, which uses the Midori web browser and the Enlightenment desktop. It's still based on Ubuntu, so the underlying architecture should be familiar to you. It comes with litte software by default. Before switching distros, though, do try the Mate desktop with Mint, and possibly switch to Opera or even Midori. No need to redo it all if Mint has worked well enough for you until recently.
One of my favorite OOTB lightweights is antiX. Throw in Midori, or if you want to go really light, links. 1.5GB is plenty for most things other than the bloatware of KDE and Gnome. I run 32-bit Slackware with 768MB and Xfce quite nicely.