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Old 12-01-2017, 03:47 AM   #1
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best user friendly Linux distribution for old Fujitsu Siemens laptop


Hi all,

I want to install a Linux distribution on a very old Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Li 1705 (specs below).
Personally I'm a big fan of Linux Mint because it is user friendly for non tech users, but the latest Mint won't go on this one I'm sure.
The machine will mainly be used for web browsing and office applications by a non tech person.

Which distribution do you recommend I install on this machine?

Thanks in advance for your answers!

Fujitsu-Siemens AMILO Li1705
Processor: Celeron M 1600 MHz
Processor Model: 520
Number of Cores: 1
The system bus: 533 MHz
Chipset: VIA VN896 + VT8237A

Memory: 2048 MB DDR2

Display: 15.4-inch, 1280x800, Widescreen
Graphics Controller: built-in
Graphics Chipset Model: VIA Chrome9
Graphics Memory: SMA
 
Old 12-01-2017, 06:46 AM   #2
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I'd give Anti-X a look.

Small; lightweight; easy on resources.....and based on Debian. So stable as a rock.

Can't go wrong with it, really. Or, if you want to stick with Mint, give 17.2 a try. It's still supported for quite a while yet.


Mike.

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Old 12-01-2017, 08:22 AM   #3
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I don't get out much, but the most "user friendly" install I ever did was fedora. Albeit an annoying distro with not much use without non-distro extras. But the installer was baller and almost brain dead. Maybe not as brain dead as debian has been for over a decade (push enter a couple dozen times). But the resulting OS has a nice gui with nice defaults versus here's a terminal, good luck.

Mostly I run debian. But I'd hardly call it "user friendly" if you're not a person well versed in the *nix world. But it'll run on most anything with access to most everything without venturing outside of the distro. Albeit dated for usefulness on extremely NEW hardware, or people that need the latest versions of things to function.
 
Old 12-01-2017, 09:35 AM   #4
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I'd give Anti-X a look.

Small; lightweight; easy on resources.....and based on Debian. So stable as a rock.

Can't go wrong with it, really. Or, if you want to stick with Mint, give 17.2 a try. It's still supported for quite a while yet.


Mike.
Thanks, will have a look
 
Old 12-01-2017, 10:19 AM   #5
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user friendly == hungry for resources
 
Old 12-01-2017, 11:22 AM   #6
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I'd give Anti-X a look.

Or, if you want to stick with Mint, give 17.2 a try.


Mike.
I thought about that, but there's a Celeron in there and I'm afraid it will be too slow... Maybe I'll make a dual boot of both
 
Old 12-01-2017, 11:52 AM   #7
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That sounds like my old IBM Thinkpad: same processor and memory. I run Salix with Xfce well enough on it, although AntiX would probably be faster.
 
Old 12-01-2017, 12:34 PM   #8
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All I know. Old corporate Fuji laptops are funny animals. They have their own way of protecting their gear. A old dog in south Texas < Ted Dog> on Murga forums posted a lot of good info on old fuji laptops.

It will be up to you to follow up on what I said, If you care. All I can do is provide a hard to follow link. Nothing specific.

Link
 
Old 12-01-2017, 01:42 PM   #9
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Processor: Celeron M 1600 MHz
Processor Model: 520
Number of Cores: 1
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Memory: 2048 MB DDR2
These specs are plenty for running Debian 9 (the current Debian Stable) with XFCE4 Desktop Environment (or any of the other lightweight DEs or WMs). You want the 32 bit install (not the 64 bit install). I run Debian 9 on slower machines with much less RAM (512MB and 1MB). They do quite well with XFCE4 desktop, idling with only 100MB RAM usage (with a few things running).

Using Debian Stable rather than a distribution based on Debian is generally a better idea, unless there is a specific killer feature of the downstream distribution that you absolutely must have. You generally get better security, better support, more stability, and much better ability to smoothly dist-upgrade from one version of Debian to the next.

For some people, the "killer feature" is the removal of all systemd and systemd compatability features. Do you have an irrationally extreme hatred of systemd that burns with the heat of a thousand suns? Then use AntiX or Devuan or whatever. Do you not really care? Try Debian first.
 
Old 12-01-2017, 10:02 PM   #10
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With 2GB RAM, you could like use any general purpose distro you wish, as long as you install and use a light-weight desktop (LXDE) or window manager (Fluxbox is my favorite).

If you want to go with the default desktop, you might take a look at Lubuntu.
 
  


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