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Old 07-08-2018, 01:43 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by azrielle View Post
Debian 9 based Q4OS Scorpion uses 3x to 4x the RAM at idle that Debian 8 based Q4OS 1.8.8 uses, at least in my tests on an Acer n570 based Happy2 netbook.
And THAT is why I said I CANNOT recommend it for an older computer.....
Ah, I did wonder what the issue was.
This is a good time to mention that frankbell made a good point regarding the OP, my own "old laptop", or anyone reading this thread considering their own "old laptop".
Originally Posted by frankbell View Post
I think that somehow the cart has gotten ahead of the horse.
What are the laptop's specs, particularly RAM and CPU?
I do follow what you are saying, azrielle. At one time I had an old second hand PC I used as a web server. It was running headless with a light Debian install and worked fine. I decided to do a light Suse install because it had the nice YAST tools available. Suse consumed so much of the PCs resources that it became useless.These were both minimal installs connecting VIA SSH.

My Inspiron 1200 has a 1.3 Ghz Celeron with 1GB (+256MB) RAM (upgraded). Looking up Acer N570 I see a 1.66 Ghz duo core Atom with 1GB RAM.

I heard about Q4OS from DistroWatch and first tried it out in VirtualBox on my desktop. Q4OS claimed to support "legacy computers" so I installed it on my Inspiron 1200. I think it is great to have a current OS running on a laptop over a dozen years old. I am making this post from that laptop, connected VIA wifi. In so far as my own "old laptop" is concerned I would not consider your recommendation valid.

I believe IsaacKwo would be correct about Debian, perhaps with some wise software choices.


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