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Old 10-12-2017, 03:44 PM   #1
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Distro for Intel i3 64 bit


I am searching for the best distro for Intel i3 Laptop 4 Gig Memory.
 
Old 10-12-2017, 04:23 PM   #2
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Any of the popular ones will do. 4GB of memory is plenty.

My own preference is Debian, but any of the big general purpose ones will do. I'd only avoid more obscure specialty distros.

To get the 64 bit version of a distro, get either "amd64" or "x86_64" or something like that. Most call this architecture "amd64", but not all.
 
Old 10-12-2017, 06:25 PM   #3
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I would - at least - try to use a distro and desktop environment that does not fill 2/3 of the available RAM with "helpers" and "default services". Mind that today's user applications can eat a good GiB of RAM alone (Firefox, I'm looking at you).
 
Old 10-12-2017, 08:27 PM   #4
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I am searching for the best distro for Intel i3 Laptop 4 Gig Memory.
I'm using Fedora 27 (still pre-release) and Ubuntu 17.10, both with the Mate DE on my i3 mini-PC. It's not that other distros wouldn't work equally well, but these are my preferences, which makes them the best (for me; YMMV)
 
Old 10-12-2017, 08:42 PM   #5
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As long as the processor and RAM are adequate (and those are quite adequate), the best distro is the distro you like best.

Last edited by frankbell; 10-12-2017 at 08:43 PM.
 
Old 10-12-2017, 09:09 PM   #6
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Depending on the maker of this unknown i3 you could have some issues.
Video will be an issue generally. Maybe nic or wireless.

Agreed that you consider the newer more mainstream distro's.
 
Old 10-12-2017, 09:36 PM   #7
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What for?

I like a stretch/sid netinst built into whatever mostany could need... https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...2/#post5769196

have fun!
 
Old 10-13-2017, 05:09 AM   #8
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As long as the processor and RAM are adequate (and those are quite adequate), the best distro is the distro you like best.
Agree. Everyone is going to recommend their favourite distro. Try a few, 'til you find yours. Then choose Slackware.
 
Old 10-13-2017, 10:35 AM   #9
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I'n not going to recommend either of my favourite distros! What you need is something that's beginner-friendly and that has good documentation. Download this little manual
https://linuxmint.com/documentation/...glish_17.3.pdf
and if you like the sound of it, try Mint. You can run it, rather slowly, off a DVD or USB stick to make sure that everything suits you before you install.
 
Old 10-13-2017, 12:26 PM   #10
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Why did you then David!
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Distribution: CentOS, Salix
 
Old 10-13-2017, 04:34 PM   #11
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What you need is something that's beginner-friendly
Some new users might, others may want a bit more of a challenge. Slackware is not as difficult as it's made out to be. It was the first distro I installed in 2004, two years after buying my first computer. If I can do it, anybody can, and new users shouldn't be discouraged from trying any distro. All distros can have their awkward moments.
 
Old 10-13-2017, 05:06 PM   #12
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My old laptop is a Dell Inspiron N4010 that includes an i3 processor. I ran Debian, Xubuntu, Slackware and CentOS on it without issue. It's been a while since I put Xubuntu and CentOS on it though.
 
  


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