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Old 06-09-2017, 11:46 AM   #1
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what distribution you recommend is best for dual boot?


SONY LAPTOP 2004-2005
MODEL: PCG-8R1M
VAIO VGN-A297XP
PROCESSOR INTEL PENTIUM M 1.80GHz
RAM 2GB
Free disk 60GB / total 120GB

I currently in this old laptop run XP ver.2002 SP3


I want to install a linux as dual boot... what distribution you recommend is best for dual boot?

I had installed linux[ubuntu, centos, server and desktop, Elementary OS, Antergos OS, Linux Mint, Fedora] as VMs many times using Vmware Fusion/Player & Oracle Virtual Box... but were latest distributions...
 
Old 06-09-2017, 11:48 AM   #2
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I'd go with Linux Mint or Ubuntu, and then move that nasty XP instance into a virtual machine with proper snapshots. Both seem good about finding existing systems.
 
Old 06-09-2017, 11:49 AM   #3
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I would recommend you to boot live cd and test if that suits your needs. And if everything works you can install that.
 
Old 06-09-2017, 03:14 PM   #4
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what distribution you recommend is best for dual boot?

Any distribution works with dual boot as long as you configure a boot loader correctly.

You should be more interested in choosing a distribution based on system requirements. That is a fairly old system. Ubuntu and Mint use a bit more resources because both distributions assume newer system specifications.

If you do go with Ubuntu or Mint, consider using a GUI like Fluxbox , Openbox, Blackbox, or possibly Xfce. Xfce might still be a little rough on RAM.
 
Old 06-09-2017, 05:40 PM   #5
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you meant

light ubuntu

Lubuntu 16.04 LTS lastest

???
 
Old 06-09-2017, 07:41 PM   #6
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Running Mint or Ubuntu can be very slow. I would recommend something like

tiny core http://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/welcome.html

puppy linux http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview%...%20Started.htm

slitaz http://www.slitaz.org/en/about/

Or run a heavier distro with a lightweight window manager such as openbox. https://www.maketecheasier.com/confi...omize-openbox/
 
Old 06-10-2017, 04:03 AM   #7
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So I can try live cdrom LUbuntu, after try puppy linux live cdrom - puppy linux what window manager, package manager, and is it debian or redhat derived from...? What about try a rolling release light distribution live cdrom?... what you recommend?
 
Old 06-10-2017, 10:10 AM   #8
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There are several versions of Puppy linux. My favorite is Tahrpup Which uses the Ubuntu repo. There are also versions based on slackware. Puppy also has a good website that answers most of your questions.
http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%...%20Release.htm

For a rolling release light distro try Arch Linux https://www.archlinux.org

Hope this helps

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Old 06-10-2017, 12:07 PM   #9
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Assuming you have very little experience with Linux, I wouldn't recommend a rolling release distribution. They can break when updates roll out, and severely. You want something that is more stable and will not require you to have a whole lot of knowledge about how Linux works. You have not stated your experience with Linux, so I may be wrong.

While Arch Linux supports systems with very little system resources, I would not recommend it for a Linux newbie. I wouldn't suggest Slackware either, even though it supports very little resources as well. You want something that has good documentation of which handles most tasks automatically. I would suggest Debian or CentOS. They are both rock solid, easy to learn, have great communities (to ask questions), and excellent documentation.

If you are feeling daring, try out Slackware 14.2. It is just as stable, with a great community and documentation. It is a bit harder to learn at first, but will teach you how Linux works. However, it can be like jumping into the deep end of a pool with very little knowledge of swimming.
 
Old 06-10-2017, 01:01 PM   #10
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While I'm not positive, I suspect yours is a 32 bit system. Many of the big distros have already abandoned 32 bit support. MX Linux is a great out of the box system that still has 32 bit support...

https://mxlinux.org/
 
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Old 06-10-2017, 03:05 PM   #12
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Actually I prepare and i am 1/4 way to give LFCS Admin exam...

Fedora or Mint have light version?

I decided download & try in live dvd Lubuntu and Puppy Linux... results will show...
 
Old 06-10-2017, 08:36 PM   #13
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Linux Foundation certifications are distro-flexible (you can take exams in CentOS, openSUSE or Ubuntu) and you are tested on equivalent skills regardless of distro
In My Opinion, I'd: start with CentOS7 netinst (CLI only), as a VirtualBox, plus Ubuntu netinst ('mini.iso'), again CLI-only. For cert, sorry, skip puppy because it is very different! Check http://DistroWatch.org for "Based on". Do you have any specific job listings?

Also, have a glance at the many free LPIC/Linux+ tutorials. Jump into the basics!!! And feel free to post anything you get "stuck" on, following the LQ guidelines for "good questions" of course Enjoy success!

p.s. I wouldn't try GUI VBox clients on that 2G XP host, but I know from experience that 512M CLIs *will run fine*, plus I believe CLI is what a lot of the exams cover! 99%???

The other advanage of VB over dual-boot *for initial practice* is that you can keep your XP web-browser running, to research issues, while you get started with Linux from the "bottom" (CLI) up. But once your Linux web-browser works ok, "bare-metal" 2G is better.

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Old 06-11-2017, 02:12 AM   #14
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I have other PC practicing VM Cent OS 7

This is an old PC not know what to do with it and I will practice install a dual boot Linux OS... I think Lubuntu try first in Live CD... BTW to connect to Wi-Fi with Live CD required install drivers in RAM as long as CDROM runs?

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Old 06-11-2017, 02:19 AM   #15
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lubuntu-16.04.2-desktop-i386.iso <<< I started download this <<< is it correct version??? for Win XP dual boot laptop, but first try in Live DVD... this Lubuntu?

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