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Old 01-11-2016, 05:01 AM   #16
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BW-userx,

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ps and it was a Slacker that wrote that listing you posted btw
onebuck made that post but the original article was written by Cynthia Harvey:

http://www.datamation.com/open-sourc...dows-xp-1.html

onebuck is a Moderator on these forums, so would it have made any difference to the content of his post had he been using Linux Mint or Debian or Zorin OS?

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Old 01-11-2016, 06:51 AM   #17
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BW-userx,



onebuck made that post but the original article was written by Cynthia Harvey:

http://www.datamation.com/open-sourc...dows-xp-1.html

onebuck is a Moderator on these forums, so would it have made any difference to the content of his post had he been using Linux Mint or Debian or Zorin OS?
that little window on the left side that tells what distro one uses if they are so inclinded to fill it out said, Slackware.

honeslty,

I think it doesn't matter what distro one starts out with, per se, it all depends on that persons aptitude in order for it to make it seem easy, or not so easy or just a bugger to deal with. That pretty much applies to all things in life.

Me, I started with Slackware, went to Debian, and it's derivatives, along wit Ubututututut and some of its derivatives, and a few others just to see what I could see. Didn't like Ubututut too much like Windows and very HEAVEY on the GUI.

Stayed with Debian/CrunchBang because of it simplity, until its demize.Then went looking for something to replace that, used Debian base and just built off of that, but still it was too much bluk, then just went to looking around again for a Base GNU/Linux with a simple DT/WM with config files to allow one to customize to ones own liking, and not have to deal with the "what that other person thinks has to be, idealizium.

Went back to Slackware, it is a good distro, just too much typing to my liking when installing, even though it is made rather easy to do so, install programs with Slack Packages, then went to Disto Watch found Void Linux -- messed about with it for a bit then installed it along with xfce4 to get networkManager and use i3 as a WM.

very light weight, easy to install, and maintain, and the user installs only what he or she needs or wants to have in the system for them. no bluk, none of the, I didn't know that was in here apps, or, what's that doing in here, do I even need that? apps

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Old 01-11-2016, 06:30 PM   #18
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I would say the XFCE is one of the better desktop environments for older computers.
Linux Mint 13 xfce is serving me well on an ancient non-PAE Dell Inspiron 700m, previously infested with Windows XP.
( 1.8GHz, Pentium M, 512MB of RAM )
 
Old 01-11-2016, 08:18 PM   #19
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Personally I wouldn't run hardware older then around 2010, unless I was flat broke and didn't have any choice.
 
Old 01-11-2016, 08:37 PM   #20
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Just my personal opinion, but anything Core2 and newer works for me, so that would put me back at 2007-ish timeframe.
 
Old 01-11-2016, 09:21 PM   #21
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Ditto. My laptop from 2007 (Lenovo 3000 N200, Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz) still does everything I need. I've upgraded to 4GB RAM and a larger disk drive (Seagate 500 GB hybrid drive). It runs CentOS 6 and Windows 7 dual boot just fine. Those machines were considered overpriced when they came out, but I got mine at the end of 2008 for under $400.
 
Old 01-11-2016, 09:42 PM   #22
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HP Elightbook 6930p CORE 2 vPro 2.66GHz 4GB Ram - I pulled the CD player/burner then slapped two 1TB HDD's in it. 80$ PawnShop Special. Works great for everything I do with it, which is a lot of resampling Movies and mp3's handbrake for movies or running 4 seperate scripts resampling mp3 at the same time while playing DOOM or watching Movies on it at the same time. No Hang up or slow downs. I'm happy with it.

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Old 01-11-2016, 10:05 PM   #23
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I play games at 2560x1600p so I would need a somewhat current video card.
 
Old 01-11-2016, 10:16 PM   #24
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I play games at 2560x1600p so I would need a somewhat current video card.
or glasses and a smaller screen
 
Old 01-11-2016, 10:22 PM   #25
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I already have glasses and there no way I'm going to anything smaller then 27-30" and 1440p/1600p. In fact I would like to very much to upgrade to 4k and 40".
 
Old 01-12-2016, 07:21 AM   #26
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I actually found I need bigger than 30" to go to 1440p. I had a 27", and got rid of it to get a 1080P 27". Tried a friends 30", still too small a monitor for that resolution. So I imagine (haven't used 4K as a monitor yet) that I'd want minimum 50"+ for 4K. Given that my desk with twin 27's is pushing the boundaries of avaialable real estate, I don't see myself ever going 4K for my computer.
 
Old 01-12-2016, 07:49 AM   #27
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I actually found I need bigger than 30" to go to 1440p. I had a 27", and got rid of it to get a 1080P 27". Tried a friends 30", still too small a monitor for that resolution. So I imagine (haven't used 4K as a monitor yet) that I'd want minimum 50"+ for 4K. Given that my desk with twin 27's is pushing the boundaries of avaialable real estate, I don't see myself ever going 4K for my computer.
flatscreen I guess, remember them OLD 17" CTR monitor monsters that take up half a desk, and almost two people to pick up? Maximum resolution of 1,280 x 1,024.

Code:
    1280x720 (HD, 720p)
    1920x1080 (FHD, Full HD, 2K 1080p)
    2560x1440 (QHD, WQHD, Quad HD, 1440p)
    3840x2160 (UHD, Ultra HD, 4K, 2160p)
    7680x4320 (FUHD, Full Ultra HD, 8K, 4320p)
I like the PC in the monitor Idea a lot.

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Old 01-12-2016, 07:58 AM   #28
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I tend to run debian stable on my older machines. a) I don't have to worry about bleeding edge for compatibility. b) I'm probably not going to be updating them much, or have the bandwidth to do that. c) I might only have a 4GB HDD in there, and having -doc and -dev chopped out of the usable binary parts saves a lot of space. But mostly when I update them that once a year that I might, I'm not debating fresh install versus the update that would use twice the bandwidth times however many machines.

As far as screens, 23" and 1080p is about my lower limit if I have a current prescription and wear my glasses. The problem with bigger screens or more of them is that I find myself sitting further from them. So I need ever bigger ones to walk that line. Despite wearing glasses most of my life, I only recent found out that I'm near sighted, and to see things in close proximity I should remove my glasses. What I really need is a 4K screen that comes with a stand that put its 18" from my face so I can see all the pixels without my glasses. And small enough that I don't have to turn my head at that distance. In the meantime I've spent a bit of time converting old bitmap fonts and variants of them scaled by a multiple to compensate for my aging eyes.
 
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I had to increase the font sizes to make my display useful at 2560x1600p. I still think that a 40"@4K display will be very useful.
 
  


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