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I'm a telecom/IT contractor and my work laptop died so instead of buying a new one, I decided to give my spare laptop a try. It's a cheap Lenovo G585 with only 2Gb ram and a AMD E1. Needless to say this is a real slow laptop. W8 was preinstalled and barely runs. Even for simple work related tasks its too slow.
Instead of wasting money on it, I am contemplating the idea of installing a Linux distro. I manage via ssh a few linux servers for my customers (centos, red hat, ubuntu server) but actually never used it as my main OS.
I just want something lighter than W8 so the laptop will be faster. Which distro should I get? I was thinking about LXLE but there's too much distros I can't choose.
Speed is the priority in this case. I also like a good looking UI.
Also, how's Microsoft Remote desktop from a Linux client? Is it fast and well optimized?
Any distro with a lightweight DE or WM (XFCE, LXDE, Fluxbox, etc) will do. They're available for all distros, even if they're not included by default. Distro choice is a matter of personal taste or need, everybody recommends their favourite. Try a few.
Give MX-14 a spin. Based on Debian Stable. Broadcom wifi support during a live session. Should run fast. A good knowledgeable friendly forum. Youtube videos by dolphin_oracle
on anything you need to know.
MX Linux sources
Current release: MX-14-4, 32-bit architecture only.
I. Monthly update/upgrade
These monthly ISOs, both PAE and NON-PAE, are created from the original release using MX Snapshot. They include all upgrades since the original release, and thus remove the necessity of downloading a large number of files after creating a new installation. They also enable users to run Live with the most recent version of the programs.
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