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Old 01-04-2015, 12:24 AM   #16
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I have a Dell Inspiron Mini 1012, which came with a Windows XP operating system. I would like to change to a Linux operating system. Which one would be best for such limited--small capacity--hardware?
Look at the sticky: Newbie alert: 50 Open Source Replacements for Windows XP

You should choose one of the lighter Gnu/Linux listed.
 
Old 01-05-2015, 08:45 AM   #17
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Assuming that you're a newbie in linux, I would suggest Xubuntu (unfortunately fluxbuntu has been discontinue) , it's lightweight but it is user friendly; however, if you want a challenge try Gentoo hehehe customize it exactly for your Atom cpu and use something like fluxbox. Anyway for what you want to use it for, email, word, spreadsheet, and wifi, Xubuntu will do, and you can install fluxbox which will use less resources.
 
Old 01-05-2015, 01:56 PM   #18
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Assuming that you're a newbie in linux, I would suggest Xubuntu (unfortunately fluxbuntu has been discontinue) , it's lightweight but it is user friendly; however, if you want a challenge try Gentoo hehehe customize it exactly for your Atom cpu and use something like fluxbox. Anyway for what you want to use it for, email, word, spreadsheet, and wifi, Xubuntu will do, and you can install fluxbox which will use less resources.
Same, I've been using Xubuntu for about 2 years now and never went back. Super lightweight, and gets the job done. Very simple to use.
 
Old 01-05-2015, 03:43 PM   #19
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I have Slackware(current) running smoothly on that exact machine. That's my suggestion.

You'll likely run into some small issues with the Broadcom wifi, but there's tons of documentation out there. Everything else works out of the box from what I recall. The resolution in Xorg is a little odd, but you're going to run into that with any distro on that machine.

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Old 01-05-2015, 05:35 PM   #20
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It certainly is a bad advice to a newbie to run Slackware-current.

@ScottRoberts: if you want to run Slackware, use the most recent stable version, which is 14.1 at time of writing.
 
Old 01-05-2015, 05:44 PM   #21
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It certainly is a bad advice to a newbie to run Slackware-current.

@ScottRoberts: if you want to run Slackware, use the most recent stable version, which is 14.1 at time of writing.
Oh yes, definitely, I should have been more clear - I was referring to the Slackware part, not the -current part.

Thanks
 
Old 01-07-2015, 03:24 PM   #22
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It's still a bad call.
 
Old 01-07-2015, 03:40 PM   #23
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It's still a bad call.
Please define what you are referring to above?
 
Old 01-08-2015, 10:46 AM   #24
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It is not about "old" or "new" computers but about hardware requirements. It is quite possible that you can run smoothly many just released Linux distro's. Say Debian works smothly on 1GB RAM but Ubuntu not. I suggest to you top down procedure: try new Linux'es. If they won't work try older versions. But at the first step I would try to run Knoppix latest version. Knoppix is live distro not aimed for permanent hd installation. Knoppix is based on Debian stable version. On my Compaq nx7300 all devices are properly configured during startup in live mode. Generally to have Knoppix at hand is good idea if something go wrong with installed system.
 
Old 01-08-2015, 11:40 AM   #25
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LXDE is really lightweight.
Yet lacking in a lot of areas, and can be flaky.

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The absence of a default wireless network manager in LXDE is very annoying. XFCE has the same problem. All I've seen online is instructions about installing wicd or some similar approach. To me, the absence of an equivalent to the NetworkManager application in Ubuntu and Kubuntu makes both the other desktops extemely lacking and would certainly deter a novice from installing either of them.

I installed LXDE on an older laptop just a couple of weeks ago. It is connected to a wired network and works fine. Wifi is another matter entirely.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2110057

The only time I've ever used LXDE was on Rasbian on a Pi, and it was crummy as far as I was concerned. Drag and drop didn't work, even though it was supported by LXDE itself.

MATE is probably the best you'll be able to get for that laptop.
 
Old 01-08-2015, 12:10 PM   #26
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Hi,

I experienced no problems with SlackwareARM on a Raspberry Pi. Worked using LXDE, no notice of any issues while using the Rpi.
Have fun & enjoy!
Hope this helps.
 
Old 01-09-2015, 12:33 AM   #27
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I've never had any problems using LXDE.
 
Old 01-10-2015, 12:12 PM   #28
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Hi again and still best wishes.
 
Old 01-10-2015, 05:50 PM   #29
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Debian with Xfce would run fairly well on it.
 
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Debian with Xfce would run fairly well on it.
I used to run precisely this on an Asus EEE PC 1000 and it performed pretty well.
I am biased towards Debian as I use it myself but I will say that if you are new it takes a little more messing around sometimes to get things like wireless working on install though I would argue that, once it is set up, it is easier to use than the Ubuntu family and on a par with Mint (which edges ahead due to having non-free CODECs installed).
I can't knock Slackware but I feel it is for people who are willing to learn about using Linux rather than those who just want a drop-in replacement for Windows (same could really be said of Debian also, I know). However, what Slackware does have going for it is that everything is that it is built from simple parts which allow you to see what is going on and decide yourself what you want to do -- the automation of package managers in the Debian* and Red Hat families can lead to problems which just don't occur with simpler distributions like Slackware.
Sorry for the information overload.

* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Packaging_Tool
**https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow...ater,_Modified
 
  


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