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Old 12-07-2017, 09:54 AM   #1
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What is the best Linux flavor for my HP mini?

I have a used HP mini which I want to give to my nephew, but I want to put Linux on it.

Any good suggestion?

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Maybe see if Salix OS or Slint OS is the right fit for that PC.
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Welcome to the forums!

What are the hardware specs of the HP Mini? This will help determine the best operating system.

My personal recommendation for new Linux users is Linux Mint. (Assuming the computer meets the hardware requirements.)
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normally i'd recommend an ubuntu flavor, however my personal experience on my laptop i'd rather suggest a vanilla debian installation. ubuntu flavors always pitch errors at me when i use it for desktop type stuff. my server runs ubuntu and i never hear a peep from it, laptop is always something. since switching to debian it has been as quiet as a mouse in regards to errors.

also just because he's young doesn't mean he needs a super easy distro. children are more apt to learn than adults, give him something he has to learn. not something that does it all for him. will be better in the long run.
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On a netbook, this sounds like a case for the lightweight AntiX-17 (32 bit version, full or base):
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Yep, AntiX, best light distro around.

(I run it on my netbooks quite happily.)
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I would recommend these:
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I'm happy with Linux Mint Mate DE on my 2008-vintage Atom N270 netbooks
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There was a whole series called HP Mini, with 1 or 2GB of RAM and Windows XP or Vista, but all with the Intel Atom 270. Obviously you need something lightweight, but it's not a case of AntiX or nothing.

It depends on the age and resourcefulness of the nephew! I would not recommend a pure Debian (and that includes AntiX): too unfriendly if problems arise. Mint Mate might do, and Salix Xfce certainly would. Both have the advantage of having manuals available
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I've just received a copy of Linux Format, January edition, LXF232, which comes with a free bootable DVD with a collection of 32 bit Distros for underpowered Netbook type systems. Distros included are Pepermint 8, Legacy OS, Antix 16, Tiny Core 8 and Linux Lite 3.6.

No, I don't work for them but I'm going to see which of these distros works on a beyond Sell-by-date Dell mini 9 I was unable to sell to the local Computer Exchange shop.

(as a bonus you get a pretty good magazine!)

Just my

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