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Old 06-21-2011, 06:36 AM   #1
nandu neerukonda
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Which Linux distribution best suites my laptop?


Hi Everybody,
I am having an IBM Thinkpad R51 Laptop which has the following specs.

1.6 GHz Single Core Processor.
256MB of DDR-RAM.
2MB of cache memory.
30GB of HDD.

Could anyone suggest me which linux distribution and release best suites my laptop.

Awaiting for your replies.
 
Old 06-21-2011, 06:51 AM   #2
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Hi There

Ubuntu might be your best bet
 
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:03 AM   #3
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yea, ubuntu 11.04 is best.
 
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:09 AM   #4
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With only 256 ram I would go with Peppermint. I use it on all my older laptops, not that yours is old, and it is lightening fast.
It's a nice happy medium to the super lightweights like Puppy or tiny-Linux because Peppermint should still have all your necessary drivers right out of the box. Ive installed it on a 500ghz, 256 ram and still fast.
Similar desktop to Ubuntu and just as easy to install.

The great thing about most Linux flavors is you can try them by running the live CD before installing.
 
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:37 AM   #5
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Ubuntu will not run on a machine with only 256MB. I would recommend to go for a distro with a lightweight desktop environment or window manager, like Lubuntu, antiX or Vector Linux.
 
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:45 AM   #6
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Does Peppermint as GUI based desktop.
I was suggested to use ArchLinux, I installed and i'm using that OS now but couldn't start GUI desktop.
Whenever I try the command 'startx' it runs successfully but still remains in CLI mode.
 
Old 06-21-2011, 07:50 AM   #7
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Yes, Peppermint OS does have a GUI,
http://peppermintos.com/
 
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:26 PM   #8
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Does Peppermint as GUI based desktop.
I was suggested to use ArchLinux, I installed and i'm using that OS now but couldn't start GUI desktop.
Whenever I try the command 'startx' it runs successfully but still remains in CLI mode.
Arch Linux is a very "advanced" distribution. It is a great way to learn Linux but you need to be patient and follow the documentation step-by-step. You should start here:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners'_Guide
 
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:30 AM   #9
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Yeah i checked through the peppermint website.
There are versions listed in peppermint OS.
Which version should i go with?
 
Old 06-23-2011, 03:46 AM   #10
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Why peppermint?

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Peppermint is a Linux based Operating System that is Cloud / Web Application Centric
http://peppermintos.com/

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But Peppermint subtracts almost all the standalone software that I mentioned yesterday, and in its place are shortcuts to web-based alternatives. You can see some of them in the screenshot — things like Pandora, pixlr, the Google suite, Facebook, Hulu and so forth.
http://kmandla.wordpress.com/2010/05...-only-more-so/

Peppermint is probably great if you want a have shortcuts to things like facebook, and dont mind having useless stuff like pandora-

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We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for listeners located outside of the U.S.
http://www.pandora.com/restricted

Unless you use a _lot_ of 'social media', you would be better off with Lubuntu (which peppermint is based on) or Mint LXDE.

http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=1705
http://lubuntu.net/
 
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Old 06-23-2011, 06:39 AM   #11
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Thankyou everybody for the valueble suggesstions.

I checked my laptop website(ibm.com) and came to know that I can extend by RAM.

The present specs are:
•64-bit Double Data Rate (DDR) non-parity SDRAM memory
•PC2700 at 333MHz
•Two 200 pin SO-DIMM memory slots, one slot is pre-populated with 256MB leaving one socket available
•Supports up to two 1GB SDRAM SO DIMMs
•Supports maximum memory up to 2GB

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/si...58208.html#exp

Would the idea of upgrading be good or should i leave it as such.!!!!!
 
Old 06-23-2011, 01:46 PM   #12
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It is always a good idea to upgrade your ram. More ram means better performance.
Your box will run faster. If it's in your budget, I say yes.
 
Old 06-23-2011, 02:20 PM   #13
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Bwahahahaha.....People recommending Ubuntu/ Ubuntu 11.04 for this punny machine. What a poor joke.
I dare say Ubuntu won't even boot on this machine as a live image or will take ages, duh.

Nandu, Honestly If you consider yourself a Linux newbie then first you better go for some memory upgrade to at least 512MB and happily install Mint xfce/lxde where you gonna get everything ready to work right after install OR if you don't wanna upgrade the memory, go for AntiX or Crunchbang-Openbox edition.

Consider yourself an Linux literate? Please start with Arch or Debian base install and install all the things you need over the base.

Regards and good luck.
 
Old 06-23-2011, 02:47 PM   #14
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Quote:
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Would the idea of upgrading be good or should i leave it as such.!!!!!
Probably not a bad idea to upgrade, but I wouldnt spend much money on teh system. Its not exactly new, and a cheap netbook would be faster everywhere, come with more RAM and a faster HDD, etc.. The only problem with a netbook is that the screen would be smaller.

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It is always a good idea to upgrade your ram. More ram means better performance.
Your box will run faster. If it's in your budget, I say yes.
More RAM = better preformance...only IF you were running out of RAM to begin with.

If you are not trying to use more memory than you have in the system, adding more RAM will not make any difference.

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Bwahahahaha.....People recommending Ubuntu/ Ubuntu 11.04 for this punny machine. What a poor joke.
I dare say Ubuntu won't even boot on this machine as a live image or will take ages, duh.
IIRC, there is no way that the standard ubutnu liveCD will work on 256MB. It was (and as far as I know still is) be possible to get ubuntu installed on 256MB using the 'alternate' install CD, but thats going to run like crap if it does work.

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Nandu, Honestly If you consider yourself a Linux newbie then first you better go for some memory upgrade to at least 512MB and happily install Mint xfce/lxde where you gonna get everything ready to work right after install OR if you don't wanna upgrade the memory, go for AntiX or Crunchbang-Openbox edition.
Mint Lxde/Xfce should install and run just fine on 256MB.

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Consider yourself an Linux literate? Please start with Arch or Debian base install and install all the things you need over the base.
Debian is a fair amount easier than Arch IMO.

As long as you dont care about eyecandy install screens, dont have a ATI/AMD or nVidia GPU, or nasty wireless, then debian should be just as easy to setup as the *buntu variants. Since the OP is using intel video, and if there is wireless on the laptop it would be intel (pretty linux friendly) then debian would be easy.

Not that having a ATI/AMD or nVidia GPU, or nasty wireless will stop debian, its just a bit more difficult to setup the drivers than it is with other distros. You have to use the command line or a script to get the drivers, some other distros come with GUIs for GPU and wireless drivers install. I actually think its actually an advantage if you want to learn about linux to have to do the GPU/wireless install from command line not a GUI.
 
Old 06-23-2011, 03:01 PM   #15
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Yeah, I had Mint9 lxde installed and worked fine on an old P4 with 256MB RAM, but OP was willing to upgrade so I added.
I named Arch as OP said to be working on an Arch box, eh?
 
  


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