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Old 02-08-2015, 07:16 PM   #1
dunnery
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which distro for laptop?


im using the latest version of ubuntu on a 4 year old dell 780 optiplex and I am more than impressed with the speed and agility of the machine. Im so impressed that I have asked my friend for an old dell laptop so I can go mobile with this thing.
my question is.... do i install the same distro for a laptop as i am using on this desktop or is there a widely used laptop distro that the linux experts always use or at least on avarage use more than any other.
thanks guys
 
Old 02-08-2015, 07:33 PM   #2
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http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...aptops-437161/

Have you googled the model of the laptop and linux?

Take some time and research it.
 
Old 02-08-2015, 08:03 PM   #3
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Well, I run both the development versions of both Fedora and Ubuntu on my ancient Acer Aspire One ZG5 netbook (Atom N270, 1GB RAM, 120 GB HDD) with the Mate, LXDE, and XFCE desktops without any problems
 
Old 02-08-2015, 08:10 PM   #4
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Also depends on what you mean by "old". I have a 2006 laptop with 1 GIG Ram and I am using Xubuntu 14.04 with no problems. But it would not handle regular ubuntu well. Since you like ubuntu, you could try Xubuntu or if it's under 1 GIG, Lubuntu
 
Old 02-08-2015, 09:03 PM   #5
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There are no secret laptop distros.

I have variously run Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, SalixOS, and Slackware on laptops and netbooks. As long as your machine meets or exceeds (exceeds is better) the minimum requirements of the distro, you can run any distro you wish.
 
Old 02-09-2015, 11:58 AM   #6
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Ubuntu's Unity desktop needs hardware graphics acceleration, so the computer needs a dedicated graphics chip. If it hasn't got one (unusual for a laptop, unless it's an old netbook) then the Unity and Gnome desktops won't work. So, run your Ubuntu installation disk and see if you get a usable live session. If it goes into wounded-snail mode, get the Mate version of Mint. The underlying system is the same as Ubuntu, so it will feel familiar.
 
Old 02-09-2015, 12:23 PM   #7
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Re-reading this thread over to make sure I am not off base here.

Quote:
Im so impressed that I have asked my friend for an old dell laptop so I can go mobile with this thing.
my question is.... do i install the same distro for a laptop as i am using on this desktop or is there a widely used laptop distro that the linux experts always use or at least on avarage use more than any other.
thanks guys
Without knowing the specs of the "Old Dell laptop".
I find it kinda hard to respond.

Like RockDoctor. I fly on what works on my hardware , (including touchscreen), with minimal ram and cpu usage taken into account on
this limited netbook. All periphal drives (usb,sd) all automount.
Movies play. Youtube works. Libreoffice does it's thing.

Code:
harry@scuzbucket:~
$ inxi -S
System:    Host: scuzbucket Kernel: 3.18-5.dmz.1-liquorix-686-pae i686 (32 bit)
           Desktop: Fluxbox 1.3.5
           Distro: antiX-14-a5-RV_386-full Killah_P 14 January 2015
harry@scuzbucket:~
$ inxi -M
Machine:   System: Intel (portable) product: Intel powered classmate PC v: 3rd Gen
           Mobo: QCI model: Intel powered classmate PC v: 3rd Gen
           Bios: Phoenix v: HP94510A.86A.0035.2009.0427.2020 date: 04/27/2009
harry@scuzbucket:~
$ inxi -f
CPU:       Single core Intel Atom N270 (-HT-) cache: 512 KB 
           clock speeds: max: 1600 MHz 1: 1067 MHz 2: 1600 MHz
           CPU Flags: acpi aperfmperf apic arch_perfmon bts clflush cmov
           constant_tsc cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts est fpu fxsr ht
           lahf_lm mca mce mmx monitor movbe msr mtrr nx pae pat pbe pdcm pebs
           pge pni sep ss sse sse2 ssse3 tm tm2 tsc vme xtpr
harry@scuzbucket:~
$ inxi -N
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169
           Card-2: Ralink RT2870/RT3070 Wireless Adapter driver: rt2800usb
harry@scuzbucket:~
$ inxi -G
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics Controller
           Display Server: X.Org 1.16.2.901 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1024x600@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GME x86/MMX/SSE2
           GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 10.3.2
That has a touchscreen

Code:
[    2.472935] usb 5-1: Manufacturer: eTurboTouch
[    2.484236] input: eTurboTouch eTurboTouch as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.3/usb5/5-1/5-1:1.0/0003:22B9:0006.0001/input/input3
[    2.484551] input: eTurboTouch eTurboTouch as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.3/usb5/5-1/5-1:1.0/0003:22B9:0006.0001/input/input4
[    2.484927] hid-generic 0003:22B9:0006.0001: input,hiddev0,hidraw0: USB HID v1.01 Mouse [eTurboTouch eTurboTouch] on usb-0000:00:1d.3-1/input0
[   67.602314] input: Intel Webcam as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb1/1-3
So. Kinda hard to respond to

Code:
an old dell laptop
Happy Trailz, Rok
 
  


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