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Old 03-26-2013, 10:00 PM   #1
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Ubuntu/Lubuntu 12.10 or Linux Mint 14 XFCE for an older computer?


This is kind of a fun question for you guys, I have a old/decent computer I found, it's an HP Workstation xw4200 or something. It has a Pentium 4 3.5ghz, 4GB of memory ( upgraded) and the hard drives surprisingly use SATA, I also put in a Geforce GT 220. This computer is for my mom who isn't too great with computers so remember that I would like a distro that is simple to use.
It has win7 right now and it's pretty damn fast so I need a Linux distro that's probably faster than how it's operating now to convince my mother (as she'a always used Windows).

Ubuntu is probably the most user friendly distro out there as well that it is fast and stable so I would like to put Ubuntu on it, however since the PC is a bit old I would like to squeeze in as much performance as I can and I was thinking of Linux Mint 14 with XFCE. Which do you think is better? OH ALSO, or would Lubuntu also be a good or better choice?
 
Old 03-26-2013, 10:44 PM   #2
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Crunchbang Is sweet on HP + XFCE and on(I still need to back this thing up and switch ).

I like to run a bunch of live operating systems
and key-apps for and plus tests first...

I have put 3 old\32s & 2 new\64 all #!

If the rest of my family get ʍopıʍ bugs they can use Linux to fix it, be better just use Linux!

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Old 03-27-2013, 11:59 AM   #3
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By Linux standards that's not an old computer and it would run any version of Linux. The one I'm using here has 1GB of RAM, a 1.8GHz Sempron, and no video card: it works perfectly.

I'd suggest Fuduntu or PCLinuxOS. The first uses the Gnome desktop, the second KDE, and she'll probably prefer one to the other. Both are rolling release: once you install, you never need to re-install, only to run the updating program once a month. They're easy to use and have very friendly and helpful forums.

http://www.fuduntu.org/
http://www.pclinuxos.com/

My reviews:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/review...page/15/sort/7
http://www.linuxquestions.org/review...p/product/2281
 
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:07 PM   #4
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PCLinuxOS.
This was my OS before (now) Edubuntu PCLinux is easy, powerful like KDE and kicks booty (☠r normally I'd text a#! but both rock) soon KDE#!

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Old 03-27-2013, 02:21 PM   #5
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I would choose Linux Mint 13 (not 14) with XFCE personally. Gnome and KDE and other "full featured" desktops have just grown into bloated pigs IMHO. And have become less easy to use because of it. I would get 13 over 14 because 13 is an LTS release. It's highly doubtful that your mom needs the latest/greatest version of some app so I see no need to give up the benefits of a LTS version to get a newer version on the bleeding edge.
 
  


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