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November 10, 2006 11:49:07 PM

ok, so my dad has a P4 1.8 ghz, 512 mb laptop that he uses for basically internet, word, and excel. Win XP doesn't run to fast on it and i was wondering if switching to Linux could improve performance. He doesn't care much for appearance but stability will help him out a lot. Also, any help on which Linux version would be better is appreciated.

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a b 5 Linux
November 12, 2006 8:53:03 PM

I dont see that you would have much of a problem with any of the main stream distros. 512Mb is enough for KDE or Gnome based systems so your options are all open. As for faster performing possibly a little. More stable.. Oh yes :D 

Ubuntu is a popular choice (I run it myself) and it has good support for a range of laptop hardware out of the box. The nice thing is that it boots as a live CD that you can try it out before you install it. Certainly worth a look.

Part of the problem I had moving to linux was deciding which flavour to choose. There are just so many distros nowdays each with its own strenghts and weaknesses.

I'll be interested to see what anybody elese suggests..
a b 5 Linux
November 13, 2006 5:30:57 PM

The great part about Linux as a system is the ability to choose the Desktop Environment. A great, lightweight manager that is easy to configure is XFCE4. The really nice thing is that there is a livecd version of Ubuntu that uses XFCE4 called Xubuntu.
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a b 5 Linux
November 13, 2006 6:24:09 PM

Good suggestion. I've had a brief play with that myself and was quite impressed. Like you say its one of the nice thing that you can choose something to fit. However sometimes I think we confuse quality of choice with quantity.
November 21, 2006 12:03:00 AM

P4 1.8 and 512mb ram is pretty decent for a laptop. I am running kubuntu edgy on an old toshiba laptop with a celeron 1.3 and a gig of ram. Runs really nice unless I enable xgl (vista-like 3d features) in the desktop.


I have also run fedora core 3 through 6 on this laptop with good results as well....Oh yeh, Susu 9.3 Pro and 10.1 open suse.

Suse Pro works well, Open Suse not so well.

I like Ubuntu/Kubuntu because of the hardware support and the live cd....Easy to try before you install...You can check the hardware support without messing around with your current os.
a b 5 Linux
November 21, 2006 4:59:22 PM

Thats why I said all his options were open.

I started running Ubuntu with Breezy on a Duron 900 with 256Mb and very low spec graphics. Even KDE flies on that thing compared to Windows.
November 24, 2006 11:44:21 AM

thanks for the help people. i already have fedora and Ubuntu so ill probably go with Ubuntu first.
a b 5 Linux
November 24, 2006 5:22:54 PM

Either are a good choice tho I have my own bias ;)  If you get stuck the wiki and the forum are a great place to start. Good luck on your mission and let us know how you get on..
a b 5 Linux
November 25, 2006 5:45:15 PM

It's a fine choice, lots of good community support. Some of the stuff could be made easier for users new to Linux (i.e. adding new repository locations to get some packages) but the great documentation makes up for it.

I hadn't use Ubuntu until a project I was working on (an embedded board with an ARM processor that requires a crosscompile toolchain) required deb packages and since I'd already done the Debian thing (still my fave for a stripped-down install that needs to be up quickly) I gave it a go.
a b 5 Linux
November 28, 2006 6:31:06 PM

Great advice all around from AudioVoodoo bmouring bb1ood Geeky_Byzantine :-D


I too would vote for XFCE4 it's fast and sleek and is available on Fedora, Ubuntu and most other distros without having to compile from source.

Or you could play with any of these:

http://xwinman.org/

GL :-D
November 28, 2006 7:21:19 PM

Quote:
Great advice all around from AudioVoodoo bmouring bb1ood Geeky_Byzantine :-D


I too would vote for XFCE4 it's fast and sleek and is available on Fedora, Ubuntu and most other distros without having to compile from source.

Or you could play with any of these:

http://xwinman.org/

GL :-D


...sorry for the linux noobness but what is XFCE4.....btw im going to try runing the boot disk for ubuntu today...
a b 5 Linux
November 28, 2006 7:33:05 PM

Quote:
Great advice all around from AudioVoodoo bmouring bb1ood Geeky_Byzantine :-D


I too would vote for XFCE4 it's fast and sleek and is available on Fedora, Ubuntu and most other distros without having to compile from source.

Or you could play with any of these:

http://xwinman.org/

GL :-D


...sorry for the linux noobness but what is XFCE4.....btw im going to try runing the boot disk for ubuntu today...




This is XFCE4 http://www.xfce.org/index.php?page=screenshots&lang=en


On Linux and Unix operating systems you can use various desktop environments and window managers each with a different look, features and performance.

On Fedora, Ubuntu, etc you can use:

Gnome http://art.gnome.org/screenshots/gnome216

KDE http://kde.org/screenshots/

XFCE4 http://www.xfce.org/index.php?page=screenshots&lang=en


or any of these:

http://xwinman.org/

Like CDE, IceWM, BlackBox, etc

You have many choices and a lot of flexibility, try them all and use whichever ones you like best.

GL :-D
a b 5 Linux
November 29, 2006 3:00:34 AM

As always linux_0, great resources.
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