Hi, i've just relocated to a new place, and i've had to leave my E8400 machine behind. I now use my sisters old Pentium M 1.73 GHz lappy, with 1.25GB of RAM and a 40GB HDD.
It lappy currently runs Win XP SP3, and i'm actually surprised as to how fast it runs. However, i was just curious if it could run linux a bit faster. Ubuntu 12.04 is a very beautiful environment to work on, and i am very comfortable with using it, but unfortunately it was quite heavy on resources the last time i checked.
After reading around, Lubuntu and Xubuntu are 2 names that popped up. I just want to noe if its a good idea to use any of these two, and dump win XP.
Also, do they use the same Ubuntu software center? I'd hate to use something like fedora etc coz i can't figure out how to install stuff through Terminal.
VLC, Audacious, Firefox and liberoffice are my main requirements, but i also need to noe if these OSes support my Tata Docomo 3G wireless broadband dongle like ubuntu does.
Also, my Pentium M doesn't support PAE, so will my lappy be able to run lubuntu/xubuntu??
I, myself, would recommend xubuntu, as it is lightweight, but not too lightweight - It does actually look quite nice, after it is tweaked (That is also another benefit of xfce - it can be tweaked greatly).
And yes - there is the Ubuntu Software Centre, as well as synaptic and, I think, GDebi.
as far as getting your 3g modem to work, its simply a matter of installing the firmware and loading the appropriate module. it may or may not already come preinstalled. need to know the chipset it uses to know for sure.
can't figure out how to install stuff through Terminal
on debian based (like ubuntu) systems, installing software through the terminal is simple. this example command will install all the software you listed, though firefox and vlc come preinstalled:
For "Ubuntu" with classic look (start menu etc.) try Linux Mint Xfce. I'm currently running Linux Mint in various flavors on 3 different PCs, including an old Dell laptop with similar specs as yours but only 500MB memory (using an older Linux Mint LXDE desktop). Linux Mint is very user friendly (in my opinion) and most everything can be configured or installed through GUI. Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu so if you're familiar with it, you should find it quite easy. It also uses the Ubuntu repositories for most stuff, except the Linux Mint specific things like mintmenu etc.