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Re: Linux on Old Laptops

__/ [ Da'Punk-A ] on Friday 19 May 2006 18:14 \__

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> A Linux Distribution for an Old Laptop
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | D. Travis North found himself in need for a Linux Distribution on his
>> | old laptop, so he started testing different distributions on his
>> | machine, read on to see the results he got...
>> `----
> It's a shame Mr North saw KDE as "essential" for his laptop.

An _OLD_ laptop, to make matters worse. He should have got something like
Xubuntu for a responsive desktop experience, depending on how much he has
going on at once (e.g. processes, JRE applications, virtual desktops and so

Addendum: I have only just spotted (commenting as I go along) that you
thought the same thing as me, namely Xubuntu. My suggestion was independent.

> I have an old laptop - Windows98 vintage (its got a shiny badge
> proclaiming it "Designed for Microsoft Windows98" and a key bearing the
> Windows window pane symbol) - it has a 450 MHz processor, 156 MB RAM
> and a 4 GB HDD.  Not exactly bleeding edge specs.

My old Windows 98 laptop had 32 MB of memory, a 400 MHz AMD processor, and 3
hard-drives occupied it over the years. It didn't have enough RAM to have
Ubuntu 4 installed.

> When I decided to scrape Windows off it, I installed Ubuntu.  But the
> Gnome desktop was pretty slow.  Not as slow as I'd feared it might be,
> but still slow.
> So I installed the xubuntu-desktop.  That's based on xfce, and it's
> great.  Okay, it's not as pretty as Gnome or KDE and it lacks a few of
> their features, but what can you expect from an /old/ laptop?  As far
> as I'm concerned, Xubuntu has given the laptop a new lease of life - a
> box that was in danger of being outmoded has been rendered perfectly
> usable.
> Mr North gave K/Ubuntu a poor score because its "large memory
> footprint" made it uninstallable on his machine.  But if he'd done a
> server install, then downloaded the xubuntu-desktop, I think his
> conclusions may have been very different.

Interesting. So he had the same problem as mine: insufficient memory.
Frankly, as you can see, I have not read the review in depth, but so many
people are reviving old laptops nowadays, so I thought it was relevant.

Best wishes,


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