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Old 10-11-2012, 12:43 AM   #1
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mini computer

i have a small laptop with 1 g. ram and an 8 gig hd, also a 1.6 gh intel atom processer. im new to linux but am already interested. whats the best operating system i should install for the allotted space and memory? and with easy functionality?
Old 10-11-2012, 01:33 AM   #2
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lubuntu might do the trick; might be the 'easiest' one.
crunchbang is another one that I can think of (a little less 'easy'). I run it on a similar system as yours (although only 512MB memory); sometimes it chokes a bit while typing messages on forums

By the way, yours is not a minicomputer; it's a bit small for that
see minicomputer

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You can also try out the Mint XFCE edition. I run it on a laptop with a very similar configuration and it's blazing fast when compared to the default windows install on it. The best suggestion I can offer is for you to download all variations that you are interested in, make a bootable pendrive using unetboot and then try it on your system as a live medium. This way you can compare them and then install whichever one you feel most comfortable with.
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IGB is not small for Linux: it's not as greedy as Windows. If you keep away from distros that offer to install "every thing you'll ever need", the HD should just about do.

Mint is very nice. The standard installation disk would do fine, with the Mate desktop (the Cinnamon option is fancier but would be slower). The installer is easy to use and it will let you encrypt your home directory, which is a good idea with a laptop. Read the documentation at their site first!


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