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I just receive a very thin laptop but pretty old, it has 2 hard drives or kind of hard drives... of 16 GB each, I don't know about the RAM, probably 512 Mb, maybe 1 Gb (I don't remember how to see that on windows) and an intel core duo.
It's currently running a legal windows xp (I specify legal cause it's pretty rare), it's not "slow" but it could be a lot faster, it still takes a few seconds to load IE and stuffs.
I'm a mac user, I'm only using debian server version for web servers and databases so I don't know how it works with a user interface.
I've heard about Archlinux, it says it's pretty fast but do you know which one is the fastest one ?
I'll be using the laptop for taking notes only, probably on google docs but it'd be cool if I could store some images and stuff without waiting 10 secs to open a new window.
By the way, if you could quickly explain me how do I install the GUI and which one is fastest cause when I've installed Ubuntu, Gnome was already installed by default.
Finally, there is no way to insert DVD / CDs, it's like the Mac Book Air, so I haven't installed any linux distro from a USB stick either.
I'm currently playing with antiX with LXDE added as per the instructions for adding it to a running Debian system. I'm testing it in virtualBox at the moment but indications are that it'll get installed on my 1ghz 512mb spare machine soon! I'm planning to use antiX M8.5 beta & then install LXDE from Debian testing.
By all means look at MacPup linux! [google it]
your box will run it well.
I am wondering if perhaps the reason you see 2 drives is because of it having a "restore" partition? or are there physically 2 drives?
Anyway.. Good luck, and don't get all caught-up in installs till you make up your mind.. if you like macpup enough to use it some, just go ahead and "save" when you are done [reboot/shutdown] and follow the defaults, so you can boot-up to where you were w/ the cd again! If you change your mind about Macpup... just delete the saved file and be on your way...
That isn't a slow machine. Any distro will run just fine on it. The only thing that may cause issues is compiz and perhaps kde4 with the desktop effects running.But that depends more on what video card it has. Other than that any distro will run just fine.
Go to distrowatch.com and pick any distro in the top 10.
Seriously guys the OP said it has a Intel Core Duo and at least 512mb ram, any distro will fly on that. It doesn't need a light distro like puppy or dsl.
The processor is probably newer and faster than what I have on this crappy 6 yr old dell and Debian with lxde boots in under 30 seconds, apps like OpenOffice, Firefox, Gimp open pretty much instantly.
You do not need a system with quad cores and 8gb of ram to have a fast system with linux.
hmmm I've tried to install Debian so it's pretty cool the way we can install it from windows, I just booted on windows, launched the install.exe and then had to reboot... but when I reboot on the debian installer, it says it couldn't find any driver disk and it just doesn't install.
But I have no graphic card, no cd / dvd drives... so what, it just can't find the ethernet card ?
Ubuntu definitely isn't fast, it has alot of unneeded things. You are best off with something like Puppy, or Vector or DSL (slackware if your feeling brave). They take a "add what you need" approach rather than "here's everything you don't need, get rid of it if you want" that Ubuntu and fedora take. But with those specs you really don't need to worry about memory, I ran Fedora 10 since it was released up until a week ago on 512 memory and it never struggled at all, linux is very fast compared to window no matter what you get.
You can use almost any distribution. I suggest either Gentoo or ArchLinux. Both are similar. ArchLinux provides pre-compiled packages or you could start with a minimal install and then compile with pacman. When using Gentoo, you have no choice but to compile. Gentoo has a similar utility like pacman named emerge.
Loading up programs depends on the hard drive, so you could use a SSD like Intel's X-25 G2 drive. You may have to use a SATA to 44-pin IDE adapter, but it may not fit because the adapter adds more length that you may not have.
A Pentium M has plenty power to handle almost anything even with 256 MB of RAM. Your video card will limit how much your computer can do.
I've always liked Vectorlinux for speed. Puppy is fast but it's not a full freatured OS in my opinion. Arch, is good as well, but the installation is trickier than most, but there is good documentation and I'm sure you could make a go of it. For my money though go with Vectorlinux. Here is a couple links to show you how the install process goes if you want to give Vec a try.
Here's how you can create any .iso into a bootable USB drive. Ignore the bit on installing Unetbootin on a Linux machine, as you are going to most likely be downloading and running the Windows version. The rest should be helpful though.