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Old 11-18-2017, 05:32 PM   #1
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Question Need help finding distro that will work on my Dell Inspiron 1018


I need a bit of help finding a distro that will work on my Dell Inspiron 1018 that I got for school. I know it's kind of outdated but thing is I'm short on money. Trying to run Lubuntu on it (I'm not very experienced with Linux and still using beginner distro's, MATE being my favourite) but as soon as the Lubuntu logo pops up (sometimes even right after the bootloader gone) it won't load anymore.
Seen more people having trouble with this thing running Linux, and haven't found anything that could make it work yet.

My question is: does someone or anyone know how to make any-at-all Linux distro work on this little netbook? Or one that works out of the box on this thing? I am very willing to learn a more advanced distro if that is necessary, though my preference goes to beginner distros. I have just 1 GB of DDR3 ram on it, and a Intel Atom processor. Lightweight distros are preferable though I'm willing to use something that will run somewhat slower, if that means I won't have to use Windows.

Thanks for reading and in advance for replying.
Old 11-18-2017, 06:41 PM   #2
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Hi: & Welcome to LQ!

I tried to install Linux Mint on a friends notebook (with Windows 10) that had an atom processor and what I found was that Linux Mint was to heavy for the atom processor. Mint would boot to the DE but lock up.

The 2 distro's that come to mind that 'may work' is Anti-X or Puppy Linux.

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I have an old dell inspiron 1150 that runs debian 32 bit just fine. XP era 32 bit single core P4. 2.8GHz with 512MB RAM. The wifi is a little special, but works fine with the right incantations. But I tend to do minimal installs and slap jwm on them as a fall back wm/de.
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Another option might be Bodhi. Haven't done it for a while, but it ran fine on an old crap Gateway netbook we had years ago. E17 I think at the time for DE. Easy to install, and used Midori as browser, so light-weight all round.
Came as a full install iso (based on Ubuntu).
Old 11-18-2017, 10:53 PM   #5
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Is this your netbook with the Atom N455 1.66 GHz?

Here's links to Debian and Bodhi if you want to give them a spin.
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With those specs, I would almost certainly go for Puppy Linux.

I've got an even older Inspiron; an 1100, from 2002/3. Originally with a 2.2 GHz 'P4' Celeron single-core and 128 MB RAM, it really struggled with the installed from new XP. It now sports a 2.6 GHz 'proper' P4, 1.5 GB RAM, and a 64 GB PATA/IDE SSD.

It'll never be 'fast', with those specs (the P4 is the real bottle-neck, but they do keep chugging along). I'm currently triple-booting 3 Pups on there, and have had as many as 5 at one point. Average ISO size is only 200 MB; around 500 MB 'installed'.....although the Puppy 'frugal' install doesn't need to de-compress the compressed, 'read-only' files, since it runs entirely from a virtual ram-disk within RAM itself. A gig of RAM is more than enough.

Pup will run from a folder, or sub-directory within the main partition, since the 'tweaked' Grub4DOS bootloader will search 'two-deep' for a bootable system. Which is why you can run so many Puppies from a single partition.....unlike a traditional distro, which wants a partition all to itself.


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BunsenLabs might be worth a try if you don't mind using Openbox and Tint2 for a desktop environment. Also, did you attempt to do an Internet search? I come up with a load of hits using the search phrase linux on dell inspiron 1018.

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