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Old 03-22-2014, 03:11 PM   #1
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Linux in stead of Windows XP


Ls.,
Windows-XP is soon out of life.
So I've decided to step over to Linux and I've already installed Mint-13 (Maya) on my PC for trying out. Is Linux-Mint a good choice or are there better options within the Ubuntu-family? My old PC: Dell 4550 60Gb.HD/1Gb.RAM.
Hope to hear from you.
Greetings,
Wim Rietdijk
 
Old 03-22-2014, 03:17 PM   #2
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Mint is good, but Linux-Lite may run a little better on that machine.
 
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Old 03-22-2014, 03:28 PM   #3
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Mint is good. You could choose a light-weight desktop environment for that machine (eg. Xfce or LXDE) Some alternatives would be Lubuntu (Ubuntu with LXDE).
 
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Old 03-22-2014, 04:37 PM   #4
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I think the above advice is sound, as far as using either Xfce or LXDE. All I would add is that it would be a good idea to try out several of these different distros as live usb or cd/dvds. There is plenty of information on doing this on both Ubuntu and Mints websites. Good luck.
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:43 PM   #5
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gnu/linux should be fine on that hardware

Not familiar with the full specs of that machine, other disros maybe better fit than mint.

However, the real question is not about which distro/os !

Really we need to know what you use XP for, specifically the software you were using

We can then look at alternatives, or things like wine http://www.winehq.org/

bigger picture needed
 
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:55 PM   #6
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but Linux-Lite may run a little better on that machine.
are you referring to "Linpus-Lite" ?

the #1 WORST distro in the world .

or something else ,because i would not even let my enemy's use linpus lite .
 
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Old 03-22-2014, 09:06 PM   #7
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are you referring to "Linpus-Lite" ?

the #1 WORST distro in the world .

or something else ,because i would not even let my enemy's use linpus lite .

Nope, not Linpus. bleh!

Linux-lite. Ubuntu based, using xfce. I think the website is linuxliteos.com
 
Old 03-22-2014, 09:32 PM   #8
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I would just install Mint, then install a light-weight desktop on Mint, say LXDE. It's in the Mint repositories. With one GB RAM, Mint with LXDE performs very nicely. There's also a neat GUI menu editor for LXDE that you can install from the repos.

I think that, many times, we tend to suggest that persons change distros when, in fact, all they need to do is change to a different desktop environment.
 
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Old 03-22-2014, 09:34 PM   #9
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A recent episode of the Going Linux Podcast addressed moving from XP to Linux. OP might find it helpful.

http://goinglinux.com/shownotes.html#glp238
 
Old 03-23-2014, 03:44 AM   #10
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Maybe have a look at LinuxLite... Nice polished distro https://www.linuxliteos.com/ http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=lite

&

XFCE/Home Edition of Solydxk http://solydxk.com/ http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=solydxk

All Debian based which is what Ubuntu and in turn Mint is based on. Damn what a family tree!?!? Do these things suffer from the same genetic issues as inbreading in humans do? heh
 
Old 03-23-2014, 06:41 AM   #11
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Any distro with a lightweight DE/WM (XFCE, LXDE) will do. Try a few 'til you find the one that suits you best. Don't rely too much on other peoples' opinions.
 
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:08 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by rietw00 View Post
Ls.,
Windows-XP is soon out of life.
So I've decided to step over to Linux and I've already installed Mint-13 (Maya) on my PC for trying out. Is Linux-Mint a good choice or are there better options within the Ubuntu-family? My old PC: Dell 4550 60Gb.HD/1Gb.RAM.
Hope to hear from you.
Greetings,
Wim Rietdijk
One suggestion is to increase the RAM(memory) if possible. More is better.

You could try;
Quote:

Minimal/Optimized Gnu/Linux Distributions
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Minimal/Light Weight:

Puppy Linux <- 'Puppy really is small, the live-CD typically being 85MB, yet there really is a complete set of GUI applications. Being so small, Puppy usually loads completely into RAM, which accounts for the incredible speed.'

Simplicity Linux <- 'Simplicity Linux is a Puppy Linux derivative with LXDE as the default desktop environment. It comes in four editions: Obsidian, Netbook, Desktop and Media. The Netbook edition features cloud-based software, the Desktop flavour offers a collection of general-purpose software, and the Media variant is designed to provide "lounge" PC users with easy access to their media.

Linux Mint <- 'The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.'

antiX <- 'antiX is a fast, lightweight and easy to install linux live CD distribution based on Debian Testing for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems. antiX offers users the "antiX Magic" in an environment suitable for old computers. So don't throw away that old computer yet! The goal of antiX is to provide a light, but fully functional and flexible free operating system for both newcomers and experienced users of Linux. It should run on most computers, ranging from 64MB old PII 266 systems with pre-configured 128MB swap to the latest powerful boxes. 128MB RAM is recommended minimum for antiX. The installer needs minimum 2.2GB hard disk size. antiX can also be used as a fast-booting rescue cd. At the moment antiX-13 "Luddite" comes as a full distro (c690MB), a base distro (c400MB) and a core-libre distro (c135MB) for 32 bit and 64 bit computers. For those who wish to have total control over the install, use antiX-core and build up. Present released antiX-13.2-full version, 05 November 2013: isos and md5sum files available 'Luddite'

Tiny Core Linux <- 'Tiny Core Linux is a 12 MB graphical Linux desktop. It is based on a recent Linux kernel, BusyBox, Tiny X, Fltk, and Flwm. The core runs entirely in memory and boots very quickly. The user has complete control over which applications and/or additional hardware to have supported, be it for a desktop, a nettop, an appliance or server; selectable from the project's online repository.'

VectorLinux <- 'VectorLinux is a small, fast, Intel based Linux operating system for PC style computers. The creators of VectorLinux had a single credo: keep it simple, keep it small and let the end user decide what their operating system is going to be. What has evolved from this concept is perhaps the best little Linux operating system available anywhere.' + 'VectorLinux 7.0 "Light'

Lubuntu <- 'Lubuntu is a fast, lightweight and energy-saving variant of Ubuntu using the LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) desktop. It is intended to have low-resource system requirements and is designed primarily for netbooks, mobile devices and older PCs.'

Damn Small Linux <- 'Damn Small Linux is a business card size (50MB) live CD Linux distribution. Despite its minuscule size it strives to have a functional and easy to use desktop. Damn Small Linux has a nearly complete desktop, including XMMS (MP3, and MPEG), FTP client, links-hacked web browser, spreadsheet, email, spellcheck (US English), a word-processor, three editors (Nedit, nVi, Zile [emacs clone]), Xpdf, Worker (file manager), Naim (AIM, ICQ, IRC), VNCviwer, SSH/SCP server and client, DHCP client, PPP, PPPoE, a web server, calculator, Fluxbox window manager, system monitoring apps, USB support, and soon it will have PCMCIA support as well. If you like Damn Small Linux you can install it on your hard drive. Because all the applications are small and light it makes a very good choice for older hardware.'

CrunchBang Linux <- 'CrunchBang Linux is an Debian-based distribution featuring the light-weight Openbox window manager and GTK+ applications. The distribution has been built from a minimal Debian system and customized to offer a good balance of speed and functionality. CrunchBang Linux is currently available as a live CD; however, the best performance is achieved by installing it to a hard disk.'

ArchBang Linux <- 'ArchBang Linux is a lightweight distribution based on Arch Linux. Using the Openbox window manager, it is fast, up-to-date and suitable for both desktop and portable systems.'
CDlinux <- 'CDlinux is a compact Linux mini-distribution. It ships with an up-to-date version of the Linux kernel, X.Org, Xfce window manager, and many popular applications. It has good internationalization and locale support, and is highly user-configurable.' + 'Based on Slackware' + 'Older but still useful'

CRUX <- 'CRUX is a lightweight, i686-optimised Linux distribution targeted at experienced Linux users. The primary focus of this distribution is "keep it simple", which is reflected in a simple tar.gz-based package system, BSD-style initscripts, and a relatively small collection of trimmed packages. The secondary focus is utilization of new Linux features and recent tools and libraries.'

Linux Lite <- 'Linux Lite is a beginner-friendly Linux distribution based on Ubuntu LTS and featuring the Xfce desktop.'
Above links are from SlackwareŽ-Links. More than just Slackware Links.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:07 PM   #13
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I burned an iso of Puppy Lucid onto a CD and run it on my old Compaq Presario that I bought in '06, which is equipped with XP. Very fast indeed. One of the mission statements of Puppy Linux is to breathe new life into old PC's.

Wim Rietdijk. Cool name. What country are you from?
 
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:49 PM   #14
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Nah, 1 GiB of RAM is fine with Lubuntu.
 
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:34 AM   #15
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Last I used it, Lubuntu was good. The interface is to-the-point and without eye candy, and it uses significantly less RAM than other variants (whereas Xubuntu really seemed just as fat as regular Ubuntu).

I've also used Vector Light. That's the lowest ram usage I've found on a Linux distro and have it still feel reasonably well featured. I ran 5.9/6.0 (forgot which) on a Pentium III laptop with 128 MB of RAM, and it was usable. (Only just, but usable.)
 
  


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